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Football Manager 2019 will be back to take over your life from November 2

The in-depth football management simulator has confirmed its return for later this year.
The in-depth football management simulator has confirmed its return for later this year. The in-depth football management simulator has confirmed its return for later this year.

Management simulator Football Manager has confirmed it will return in November, after briefly alarming fans that the long-running series was ending.

Before the official announcement of the game went live, Miles Jacobson, the game’s director, had tweeted an image of the game’s previous covers along with the message “end of an era”.

Luckily for fans of the game, that was, in fact, a reference to the suit-wearing manager who has graced previous covers but has been retired for 2019.

Jacobson saw the funny side of the flurry of speculation that followed, which included theories ranging from his departure from the game to the end of physical sales of the software.

Since confirmation of the game’s launch on Monday morning, it has already entered Steam’s bestseller chart, which takes into account pre-orders, despite no new features or gameplay mechanics having been announced.

Those are due to be revealed at the end of September, according to Jacobson.

The game has taken on a cult-like status among many football fans since first launching in 2004, partly due to the immense detail it offers players in their role of managing the club of their choice.

The game has spawned its own subreddit and countless social media stories about weekends lost and university degrees almost squandered from playing it too much.

In recent years it has also expanded to mobile devices, and versions of Football Manager 2019 have been confirmed as going on sale on November 2 alongside the main game.