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Football Manager 2021 statement sparks speculation over console release

Published: 31/Jul/2020 11:59

by Joe Craven

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A new Sports Interactive statement regarding Football Manager 2021 has sparked speculation that the game will be coming to next-gen consoles, as well as confirming that it will be released in late 2020. 

As far as football video games go, few have reached the levels of the Football Manager series. Aside from EA Sports’ FIFA, the FM series has captivated fans with its ultra-realistic manangement simulation.

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On July 30, Sports Interactive released a lengthy statement regarding Football Manager 2021. Amongst other things, SI confirmed that the game is still set to release in late 2020, as has become the standard for the series.

FM 2020 screenshot
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Football Manager is arguably the world’s most in-depth sports simulator.

However, fans of the series focused on one particular section of the statement, which may have hinted at FM being playable on more consoles than it currently is.

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“They will be delivered a little later than we’d originally planned, but they’ll have exceptionally strong feature sets,” the statement says. “Our games will be on more platforms and available on more stores than ever before when they’re released later this year but, with regards to features and release dates, it’s a little too early for us to talk about the specifics right now.”

As the statement hints at new “platforms” and “stores,” speculation has run rife. One Twitter user even said that “FIFA is finished” if what is being hinted at is true.

Unfortunately, Miles Jacobson, the head of Sports Interactive, stated that fans will need patience given the slightly delayed timescale everything is on this year.

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With real world football leagues still not fully wrapped up, it would have been difficult to imagine a scenario in which the game was not delayed.

“Beyond the statement today, nothing else will be confirmed or otherwise until later in the year,” he said. “Patience is required this year.”

Currently, Football Manager is available on PC via Steam, with its Touch version also available on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.

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Sports Interactive have in the past commented on their reluctance to move FM over to consoles, but past iterations did indeed release on previous generation consoles, like the Xbox 360. Whether they believe they are now ready to make the leap to PlayStation and Xbox remains to be seen, but don’t expect confirmation any time soon.

Smash

Iconic Smash Bros Hyrule Temple stage recreated in Tony Hawk Pro Skater

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:21

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Melee introduced many playable fan-favorite stages such as Final Destination and Battlefield, though none may be more infamous than Hyrule Temple. Now, a fan has recreated the Zelda stage within Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2.

Hyrule Temple is an absolute blast to play in a casual setting as it’s one of the largest stages in the game and has five sections for players to battle in – three on the upper area, and two on the lower.

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Due to the stage’s layout and Smash’s casual scene consisting of items and multi-player brawls, it’s really the perfect battleground for chaos to ensue.

As it turns out, Hyrule Temple isn’t just a good Zelda-inspired Smash stage. It also makes for a pretty unique map in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.

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Link on Hyrule Temple
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Hyrule Temple has appeared in other Smash games since Melee.

Redditor Skramblez took to the popular site to share their recreation with the world. In a post titled “I recreated Hyrule Temple in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2,” the gamer showed off the map in a video accompanied by Zelda music.

As you can see in the video, the stage’s sections are split into their own variants of a skate park. Some of the smaller paths are replaced by rails for skaters to grind on, and there’s plenty of gaps to clear.

The edges of the stage are replaced with ramps, so you shouldn’t be flying off the stage like you’ve still taken a Ganondorf F-Smash at a high percentage.

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As a nice touch, and sticking with the Zelda lore, Skramblez even made the character look a bit like Link – at least the most Link-like the skateboarding game could allow for.

Instead of a green tunic, the player has a green hoodie. Instead of the green cap, it’s a beanie. However, the character does have long blonde hair, just like the Hero of Time.

Triforce in Tony Hawk Pro Skater
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Don’t miss the Triforce hidden in the map.

According to Skramblez, it took fifteen hours to make the map. “The park editor’s not the most intuitive, but you can do a lot once you get used to it,” they explained.

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If you want to try it out for yourself, just search “Hyrule Temple” in custom parks on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 on PC.