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Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 Set To Feature New Real-Time 3d Match Engine

September 11, 2008

WORLDWIDE SOCCER MANAGER 2009 SET TO FEATURE NEW REAL-TIME 3D MATCH ENGINE

The most realistic representation of the world of soccer management is back and set to hit the Games for Windows platform from Microsoft and the Apple Macintosh on November 18th

SEGA® of America, Inc. and Sports Interactive today announced that Worldwide Soccer Manager™ 2009 for the Games for Windows® platform from Microsoft and the Apple Macintosh will be released on November 18, 2008 and will be distributed exclusively in North America at Amazon.com. Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 hosts a vast array of all-new features including the debut of a real-time 3D match engine making it the most in-depth soccer management game ever created.

The Worldwide Soccer Manager™ match engine is being brought into full 3D with motion captured animations for each player, developed in conjunction with SEGA’s in-house studio, Sports R&D Division. Players can now watch their matches in real-time 3D from multiple camera angles, and replay any part of the match using a new match time bar that flags the key moments in the game. Players can also customize their match view by choosing the information they would like to view during the match, be it the latest scores or player performance stats for the match; arranging this information on-screen using a new drag-and-drop widget system lets players customize their match day screen to best manage their team.

“With the 3D view of the match engine, and dozens of animations for each player, this year is definitely one of revolution for the Worldwide Soccer Manager™ series,” commented Miles Jacobson, Studio Director of Sports Interactive. “We always said that we wanted to make the in-game match engine fully 3D but that we wouldn’t do so until we were confident that it was technically possible, and after nearly 3 years work and with huge thanks to Sports R&D Division, it’s now here.”

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 will implement Major League Soccer-specific rules in order to better simulate MLS team management parameters. An example of this is the MLS Designated Player Rule added to ensure that teams are able to sign one player outside of the salary budget; or by gaining a second designated player slot in a trade. You can also offer your designated player slot to other teams.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 will also allow players to receive additional help from their Assistant Manager with pre-match and in-match feedback on how the team is performing as well as hints provided on how the team could play better. Having the advice of a good Assistant Manager will be an invaluable asset when players can’t figure out why their tactics aren’t working, why the opposition seem to effortlessly demolish their team or why a new signing isn’t fulfilling his potential.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 also sees the introduction of press conferences for the first time. Players will attend press conferences before and after matches with local and national journalists. They must choose their answers carefully because their responses could come back to haunt them in the media at a later date. The media system has also been vastly improved to provide the player with an unprecedented level of detail on what’s going on at their club and the in-game soccer world as a whole.

The entire trade system has been completely overhauled and re-written providing an even more realistic simulation of real-life soccer, with the addition of trade rumors so you can view the hottest news on which players are being speculated on and who’s said to be interested in securing their services.

Players can be trained to learn a wide variety of ‘preferred moves’ to add to their game on the pitch that are applicable to their played position; for example, central defenders can be trained to hold onto possession or wingers can learn to cut inside to bypass the full backs.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 also allows gamers to play as a female manager for the very first time. The game will also be fully updated for the new 2008/09 soccer season with all the latest league, team and player data, featuring over 5,000 playable teams from over 50 countries and more than 350,000 players and staff from around the world, drawn fresh from the famous Sports Interactive database.

Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009 for the Games for Windows platform from Microsoft (Windows XP & Vista) and Apple Macintosh (OS10.3.9 and above) are set for release on November 18, 2008. Additional features will be announced closer to the launch of the game in November.

For further information on Worldwide Soccer Manager 2009, please go to http://www.sega.com/games/?g=527

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