PlayStation 5 owners can breathe a sigh of relief now that the wait for the massively popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2023 is finally over.
Originally scheduled to be released on November 8 last year, the delayed inaugural PlayStation 5 edition of the game will be released on February 1. Additionally, PlayStation Plus subscribers will get a 20% discount voucher that they'll be able to redeem until February 14. The news was announced by Miles Jacobson, the director of Sports Interactive studio, who said:
We’re delighted with today’s update that we’re finally going to be able to get FM23 Console into the hands of PS5 gamers.
Since the initial delay, the team at Sports Interactive and our colleagues at Sega have worked tirelessly with Sony to overcome the issues and we’re pleased to now have a release candidate ready to launch next week.
While it’s unusual for us to release a game during a major football transfer window, our priority from the moment our initial launch was postponed was to get the game into the hands of PS5 gamers as quickly as possible.
Once all the global transfer windows are closed, we will provide a data update for the PS5 edition in line with the updates for all of our other platforms.
The game was expected to be released on the console last year alongside the Xbox, PC, Mac, and Android versions of the game. However, Sega announced that the game would be delayed just a few days before its release, citing "unforeseen complications."
For the first time ever in the game's history, players will have the option of competing in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League. The UEFA Women's Champions League will also make its debut in a future version of the game.
Speaking of football games, EA's first football sim since parting ways with FIFA, EA Sports FC, will be out later this year. It isn't clear yet when FIFA will come out with its own football sim.