Football Manager 2020 fans will no doubt have been savouring the most recent real-life transfer window and are eagerly awaiting the big January transfer update coming to FM20.
Football Manager wonderkid Erling Haaland made a big move to Borussia Dortmund and has already made a serious impact, to suggest the world-famous virtual database was right all along - while Manchester United finally snapped up Bruno Fernandes.
Of course, the question now is when will developers Sports Interactive update this year’s game, which launched in November?
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January Update Release Date
Update – 21st Feb 2020
The transfer update is here, happy days!
Winter Update 20.3.0 will be applied through Steam, and it includes big changes like Exequiel Palacios moving to Leverkusen as well as Dani Olmo to RB Leipzig.
There's also tweaked player ratings. Here's what Sports Interactive said:
- Number of Stability and Crash fixes
- Improvements to game optimisation and increased performance both inside and outside of matches
- Over 650,000 changes to database records
- 20,000 new players and non-players created
- Number of UI improvements
- Various other improvements across the game
You can read the full patch post here, but remember that you will need to start a new game to take advantage of these updates. There is also a February update coming in the next week or so to cover other transfer windows that are open throughout February.
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Fans might be disappointed to hear that the database update doesn’t have a date yet, but going by the franchise’s history is likely to arrive in late February or even early March.
That means if you’re insistent on waiting to kick off a new game, you might have to hold off for a few weeks yet – even with the transfer windows slamming shut days ago.
The reason for the delay is pretty important, though. These updates aren’t just simple matters of moving players from one region to another.
In fact, Sports Interactive usually delves into its incredible wealth of stats and tweak player attributes in order to better reflect their real-life counterparts. They’ll also factor in any injuries, as well as loan moves and contract changes, too.
While you can download some fresh updates from the community (many of which are impressively detailed and will land long before the official version), you just need to turn on Steam auto-updates to grab the fresh squads as soon as they’re available.
If you are looking for an unofficial database update, you can find one via the folks a Sortitoutsi here – in fact, it’s been updated today.
Simply save the database in the “Editor Data” folder within the programme files and hey presto – your Arsenal squad has Cedric Soares and your Spurs squad has Steven Bergwijn.
Will you be freshening up your game, or are you still waiting for the official update?