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19th December 2012

Get two new Football Manager Classic challenges | New update

Just in time for Christmas, we’ve introduced two brand new challenges into Football Manager Classic mode on PC/Mac for you to get stuck into and test your managerial skills. You can find both the following new challenges in the store for only 99p:

Financial Storm
Your club is in financial peril. Can you maintain competitiveness on the pitch whilst reducing the club's debt and wage bill off it?

Unrest at Home
Your appointment as manager has left some senior players unhappy. How will you handle the dressing room and the inevitable egos within? Can you avoid being sacked before the end of the season by matching the board's expectations?

Not played the challenges before? There are five others available to play in the PC/Mac game, they are:

  • The Saviour Cometh: Your team are embroiled in a relegation battle halfway through the season. Can you take the reins and guide them to safety?
  • Injury Crisis: Your team is swamped with injury problems, leading to most if your 1st team being on the treatment table. Can you meet the board’s expectations in the league?
  • The Invincibles: You’ve gone on a long run without defeat. Can you cement your place in history by going the full season unbeaten?
  • You can’t win anything with kids: A batch of exceptional youth players has risen through the ranks and joined your first team. Can you claim silverware with a side built around this core of young, homegrown talent?
  • Top Division Underdog: Choose any lower division club and then instantly get promoted to the top division in that nation, how will you fare as massive underdogs? (Available from the in-game store at £0.99)

The new challenges come as part of a brand new update for FM13 on PC/Mac, which is also available now. To download the update, simply save your current game and quit FM, then quit and restart Steam and launch the game as normal. This should start your update automatically.

If you have any technical issues, please report them

See below for a full list of changes:

Fixed rare history crash in edited databases
Fixed crash when closing game
Fixed crash when changing language with holiday prompt on screen
Fixed rare crash when asking backroom staff for team talk advice
Fixed crash when using ‘Set for Release’ button

Fixed very low and negative attendances
Fixed player becoming unhappy when promise is met
Fixed takeovers disproportionately boosting club reputation
Fixed erroneous fluctuation of tactic familiarity
Improved long term lower league AI squad balance

Fixed Austria Cup final and EURO Cup final clash
Fixed fixture congestion when reaching final of Bulgarian Cup and EURO Cup
Improved confidence handling Belgian Pro League
Fixed Brazilian State Championship start dates
Fixed English league playoff venues
Fixed Irish Premier and First Division format and scheduling
Fixed Polish Ekstraslasa schedule
Fixed Swedish pre-season scheduling

Improved speed when viewing previous fixtures
Fixed skin reload clearing manager profile picture
Fixed refreshing of coach star rating when coach leaves club
Improved speed of team line-ups appearance pre-match
Improved distinction between ‘Needs a rest’ and ‘Rested’ status flags
Fixed scrollbar losing focus on individual training screen
Fixed international shortlist being populated by player search
Fixed international jobs not appearing in Job Centre

Fixed seeding by division reputation in custom cup
Added ability to create leagues with uneven sub-divisions
Fixed addition of Danish lower divisions
Fixed sorting of German regions in custom competitions

Improved balance of lower league wage budgets
Improved balance of non-league match day expense & income
Fixed Italian tax levels in new games
Fixed players increasing wage demands after user adjusts budgets
Improved wage balance in Sweden

Added Financial Storm and Unrest at Home Challenges to Store
Fixed cut off on Player profile Transfer Price tag graphic in certain currencies
Added Player Training Progression graphic to the Player Profile screen
Fixed Player silhouettes being recoloured on news items
Added string to FMC Store to indicate unlockables are for FMC only.
Fixed news item cut off for Team of the Week items
Fixed old media inbox questions being asked incorrectly
Fixed Transfer and Loan Listed status text appearing correctly on the player profile
Fixed Progression Bar always being in the middle on Player Coach Reports
Added reason for failing a challenge on the Challenge Result screen
Fixed the possibility of being able to start new games or Challenges in 2011
Fixed player wage demands when applying All players interested unlockable
Fixed Squad Registration panel incorrectly appearing for clubs
Fixed New Stadium Unlockable so that no loans are taken out to cover its costs

Fixed calculation of “shock” cup defeats
Fixed calculation of first league goal in news items

Fixed client being unable to join game with edited database
Fixed assistant taking charge of team when loading save on match day

Fixed scouts with full knowledge returning with no results

Fixed DoF repeatedly targeting uninterested staff
Fixed rounding of figures used in clauses
Improved balance of player interest in club vs wages
Improved sale prices of low valued youth players
Fixed club withdrawing loan offer when negotiations are met
Fixed DOF not adhering to maximum amount when adding players to transfer targets
Fixed exploit allowing acceptance of £0 bids
Fixed trigger of wage after international appearance clause
Fixed career games clause including appearances when out on loan
Fixed being able to offer automatic one year contract extension in final season to young players

Fixed ‘Tutorial Master’ achievement
Fixed ‘Learning the Ropes’ achievement

More improvements to on ball decision making and pass choice
Improved central midfielder starting position when team is in possession
Tweaked midfielder and attacker positions when team is defending
Fixed a couple of bugs causing players to fail to turn to face required direction properly
Improved facing direction of player marking opponent who is moving onto a pass
Fixed bug allowing players being able to partially "go through" other players to get ball without being penalised
Small tweaks to improve the way players move onto passes or loose balls
Reduced some instances of closing down of keeper when clearly illogical in context of player and his instructions
Cleaned up a few bugs that delayed retrieval of ball at set pieces or kick offs
A bunch of ball physics fixes mainly related to collisions and ball spin after bounce
Reduced slightly unrealistic ball to player deflections
More improvements to pass choice AI
Tweaks to run with ball and first touch AI
Reduced tackles that end in own goals
Some tweaks to basic central midfielder positions
Fixed some dodgy marking at mid pitch free kicks
Improved full back positioning when waiting for short keeper distribution
Improved near and far post corner aim point
Some further ball physics fixes and refinements
Fixed goal not always given if ball stops just over goal line
Fixed some rare instances of player collision avoidance failing
Further refinements to pass AI
Improved pass, shot or header accuracy logic
Further improvements to player reactions to the ball
Fixed defences staying to deep just after corner taken
Refined player positioning when defending free kicks from wide
Made players press more collectively and aggressively when required
Improved positioning of defenders against attackers running at pace
Refined tackling AI a bit
Improved facing direction while marking opponent around own area
Fixed some more keeper AI bugs
Improved collision avoidance AI slightly
Fine tuned ball trajectory chosen by player for kick, header etc.
Fine tuned kick and header accuracy logic
Fine-tuned pass and general on ball AI
Tuned long shot frequency and AI
Toned down pressing slightly in certain situations
Improved marking and engagement of ball player in wide areas
Tuned tackling AI further
Couple of small fixes to player reactions
Fixed some small player pathing anomalies
Fixed a couple of goalkeeper AI anomalies
Improved marking and engagement of ball player further
Fixed some instances of risky keeper distribution
Fine-tuned kick/header accuracy