Bad news for all of you wannabe football coaches: the anticipated PS5 version of Football Manager 23 has been delayed at pretty much the last minute. The tactical title was meant to release on the 8th November — just under a week from the writing of this article — but it's now been pushed back to a currently unannounced date.
So what could possibly stop a game like this in its tracks so close to launch? Well, according to an official statement from Sports Interactive, it's all down to "unforeseen complications which have arisen during the submissions and approvals process".
"We're devastated by this outcome, which we have worked tirelessly with our partners for a number of weeks to try to address. It was especially difficult to make the decision to delay, as it involves holding back a great game which a number of talented people within SI have worked tremendously hard on for quite some time. We will continue to do everything in our power to get this game into the hands of PS5 gamers as soon as we can," writes frustrated director Miles Jacobson.
Sports Interactive and publisher SEGA say that they'll update fans as soon as possible on a new release date. In the meantime, people who have pre-ordered the title through the PlayStation Store will be given a full and automatic refund.
Hopefully we get a new date soon, then. But until that happens, does this last-minute delay impact your plans? Make some substitutions in the comments section below.