October 28th, 2015
The Football Manager 2016 Beta is now available to play for those who have pre-purchased from a participating digital retailer.
For the first time ever, the Beta features network play – allowing managers to play against each other in online games including one of the new game modes for 2016, Fantasy Draft.
As always, any career progress you make during the Beta will carry forward when the game updates upon full release*, which is November 13th.
If you haven’t yet pre-purchased Football Manager 2016 you can do so now and get immediate Beta access, as well as the Football Manager Documentary for free**
Digital pre-purchase (Steam)
If you pre-purchased from Steam, your Beta download should automatically start when you launch the game from your Steam Library
Digital pre-purchase (non-Steam)
If you pre-purchased from any other participating digital provider, your code should have been sent to you via email*** and you will need to follow the instructions below to activate:
1. Open the Steam client (if you haven’t yet downloaded Steam or created an account, you can do so here)
2. On the top toolbar, click 'Games’
3. Select 'Activate a Product on Steam'
4. Follow the instructions and input your code to install the FM16 Beta
Before you dive in and get familiar with the Beta, the last thing we’ll say is that this is not the finished article and certain aspects of game play may well change ahead of full release on November 13th. If you do spot any issues, please report these immediately on our forum.
*At this stage it is unclear whether multi-player, online games will carry forward into full release but single player games will for definite
**If you pre-order from Steam, the Football Manager Documentary will appear in your inventory as a gift and all other participating digital retailers will email a code which you can activate via Steam following the instructions above
***If you haven’t received or have misplaced your Beta code, please speak to your retailer as a starting point. If they can’t resolve your issue then please contact SEGA customer services at firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of purchase, and we’ll aim to get you playing as quickly as possible