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We are happy to announce the relaunch of Soccer Manager Worlds to celebrate our 10th anniversary and it contains some exciting updates and we’ll start with the biggest.


 


New Match Engine


 


A new Match Engine has been introduced to Soccer Manager Worlds.


 


So what does this mean?


 


It means that better results are obtained with modern formations and player ratings have an exponential value in a match, so the best footballers in the game will perform even better for your team.


 


Additional formations such as 4-2-3-1 narrow and 4-4-2 narrow diamond have been added along with some improvements to the effectiveness of certain existing formations.


 


Also, player position compatibility for certain formations is now more realistic, making match days more strategic. For example only DM(L/R) and M(L/R) can only play the wingback role perfectly within formations such as 3-5-2 and D(L/R) will not play as well in a 3 man defence.


 


We have removed some Player / Team Instructions / Styles. For example one option that we have removed is “Men Behind Ball” which is the same as “Mentality Defensive”.


 


The new Match Engine includes more realistic match statistics such as possession, corners, shots and player match ratings.


We believe that the new match engine will enhance your matchday experience due to it being more in-depth and providing a greater test of your management skills.


 


New User Interface & App


 


We have added a slick new design for the desktop that gives the game a modern feel. The new user interface has been developed with the help of feedback from our community. This redesign has been  done in tandem with our new app so that the interface of both is the same and this will help when you switch from one platform to the other.


 


SMFA


 


We have made several revisions to the SMFA as we have introduced a new system to help prevent in-game cheating.


 


Revised Attendances & Stadium Building


 


Based on our communities feedback, we have made several changes to attendances and stadium building. Smaller clubs and those coming up through the divisions will now receive higher attendances and have their stadium capacity increased (to a far higher level) to reflect their league standing.


 


The maximum capacity of 24,000 is being lifted because we want attendances to be more dynamic and based on your success. This means your fan base will dictate any increases to your stadium which will be made by your Chairman at the start of a new season. It will not cost your club any money as the Chairman will pay for this.


 


So how will fan bases work? Well, each club has a set fan base when a Game World is created. This fan base could increase over a period of time dependent on your success. However, the fan base will never increase to more than the highest fan base within your league. Likewise, just as a fan base will increase, it can also decrease if your club is underachieving.


 


We believe that this will be a welcome change because it is one that you, our community, have been asking for.


 


Game World Economies


 


There are several improvements that will affect the economy of your Game World. We've been working on these areas for the past few months. Prior to that we've spent considerable time reading all of the feedback on the forum, twitter, Facebook and via email.


 


There's a lot of differing views on the subjects of squad sizes and player hogging and we've taken this into account when working on our changes. We also believe that the changes we're making will help to improve the SMFA and reduce cheating.


 


So what exactly are our changes?


 


The algorithm for calculating a player’s value has been changed to include the player’s potential rating and any concerns they may have, as well as what was taken into account before: rating, age and position.


 


Player’s with concerns will see a substantial decrease in their value, the higher the level of concern the greater the decrease in value. This should help smaller clubs pick up better players for cheaper than their maximum value and the club they are leaving will receive a substantially lower fee when they hand in a transfer request.


 


Player values will be the same for all clubs when looking at the same player. Players are also worth the same when included in part exchange deals. There is no longer one chairman valuing a player differently from another.


 


Player wages are being drastically increased for better players, this should help stop player hogging and force people to sell top players they are not using.


 


Player concerns can no longer be bought off. There will remain 5 levels of concern and they will run 3 times a season, meaning a player would finally leave a club after 1.5 seasons, at a substantially reduced value.


 


Selling a player to an external club in the Game World now only has a 7 day transfer ban.


 


Finally you can no longer set players to Unavailable to Transfer or set a Minimum Fee because we want to encourage interaction between managers.


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New interface - I need time to get used to it, but why have you hidden the news feed - it's really difficult to identify 'new messages'. The old interface was a lot more user friendly in this regard. 

 

Also, please can you improve the colour of the little envelope icon for new messages when signing in on the app? I can barely make out whether I have a new message or not. 

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I don't understand the timing of the update. I discovered this game 3 weeks ago and joined one of the test game worlds 2 weeks ago. I posted my feedback once then 2 days later the forum was down. In that period the dev sparely communicated with the people on the game world. So I don't understand why then release a half finished product. There are lots of bugs still out there and a some stuff you said would happen hasn't. Whatever happened to the UI changes being introduced slowly where gameworlds would have the choice of still using the old UI until the new one is properly transitioned? Don't even get me started on deleted threads. 

Now bugs:

I'm in 2 game worlds and I haven't seen a single transfer happen since the new update. Is there are transfer bug?

Time stamps on replied newsfeed messages are wrong. 
Notifications for newsfeed messages you have replied to do not work. Yet they appear in the inbox after. 
Drop down menu to filter first team, youth team etc now working on firefox

Sorting by position, rating, etc do now work in the shortlist. 

The UI itself looks good but it is an inefficient use of space. Naviagation requires to many clicks and scrolling. The amount of scrolling you have to do to view most of your squad is ridiculous. Same applies to newsfeed  messages. 

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Hey Guys, here to answer your questions, but I just want to start by saying that any abuse or swearing is not going to be tolerated. If you give constructive feedback I will respond. Cheers

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Is there an option to revert back to the old tactics layout? I am not sure if I am the only one, but I like to remove (most of) my players from the starting 11 first before deciding who plays for the next match, so I use the "remove player from line up" button often. Even the clear all button was useful when setting up a default squad team. 

 

Sorry SM, do you even hear what the (paid) managers want or what they dislike? Destroying the forum is bad enough, now the game? See ya laters alligators

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I'm slowly getting used to the new layout... I'm sure in time it will become second nature to navigate...

Just a few things that stick out, I tend to use mobile rather than desktop.

The 'Overview' and 'Home' should all be the one screen, it's more clicks to get to the information you want... I.e. transfer info

There is no need for the box containing the gw I'd and asking friends to join, space is at a premium on mobiles and things like this just clog things up! Same goes for the 'scout' why anyone would even use this let alone pay for it I don't know... Again, taking up valuable space...

Transfer tabs/icons should all be on the same page, they are scattered all over the place! All transfer tiles should be under the 'transfer' section....

When clicking into squad it should default to 'first team' and not 'full squad' like before. Further to that, there should be the 'reserves' like there was in the single player

In domestic leagues there is no need for 'normal' and full, the full shows everythibg that a player would need.. normal contains nothing extra of value.... Again space....

Ads.... Again space but I suppose nothing can be done about that

Chat, simply does not work on desktop, where as the mobile version you need to quit chat and log back in to see new messages....

Loading SM logo, wow this is annoying

Few other niggly bits but these are the obvious ones to start with

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I have another problem with the chat.I simply cannot see the entire message as it fades somewhere on the right side of the chat screen.I can only see a part of it

 

 

So far with one game played,the new engine looks pathetic.Played against a 10 men United and lost 2-0 while I had 57% possession,11 shots (against his 12),while my team/my first eleven is better than his.

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i play soccermanager since 2006... i´ve been here for 2 days trying to play...  but...

 

it´s more complicated

it´s slower

it´s annoying 

players in yellow it´s an unconnected new feature...

please remove those yellow rating stars... this is not a kindergarten game...

 

i understand you want to renew the game...  but not this way

 

This game was supost to ben FUN.... not a HEADACHE...

 

i´m sorry, but i play it for 9 years... 

it´s Bad

i don´t like it

 

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I have another problem with the chat.I simply cannot see the entire message as it fades somewhere on the right side of the chat screen.I can only see a part of it

 

 

So far with one game played,the new engine looks pathetic.Played against a 10 men United and lost 2-0 while I had 57% possession,11 shots (against his 12),while my team/my first eleven is better than his.

We are aware of the issues you are facing with the chat. This has been flagged and and will be resolved soon

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i play soccermanager since 2006... i´ve been here for 2 days trying to play...  but...

 

it´s more complicated

it´s slower

it´s annoying 

players in yellow it´s an unconnected new feature...

please remove those yellow rating stars... this is not a kindergarten game...

 

i understand you want to renew the game...  but not this way

 

This game was supost to ben FUN.... not a HEADACHE...

 

i´m sorry, but i play it for 9 years... 

it´s Bad

i don´t like it

We are working on the speed issues that some of our users are facing when accessing some of the different pages. 

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Designing a single app for both mobile device & desktop is extremely hard to do well. Its a shame the app wasn't just upgraded by itself & then the new engine, tactics & values brought into the existing desktop game... Improving both and giving the users the ability to play how they wanted. I suspect the reaction would be very different now. Maybe I am in the minority or it just makes financial sense for SM to lump both in one.

It's been said many times before.... THIS WAS THE WAY TO GO!

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On mozilla it doesn't work the first-young-loan option in "squad". only full team

the option to update player database is not available anymore?

the transfer list has only 50 players in one page? no 2nd and 3rd page

from the lower divisions how many teams promoted? is still a play-off games?

in transfer list you must click on each player to see if he have a "transfer banned"

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I don't understand the timing of the update. I discovered this game 3 weeks ago and joined one of the test game worlds 2 weeks ago. I posted my feedback once then 2 days later the forum was down. In that period the dev sparely communicated with the people on the game world. So I don't understand why then release a half finished product. There are lots of bugs still out there and a some stuff you said would happen hasn't. Whatever happened to the UI changes being introduced slowly where gameworlds would have the choice of still using the old UI until the new one is properly transitioned? Don't even get me started on deleted threads. 

Now bugs:

I'm in 2 game worlds and I haven't seen a single transfer happen since the new update. Is there are transfer bug?

Time stamps on replied newsfeed messages are wrong. 

Notifications for newsfeed messages you have replied to do not work. Yet they appear in the inbox after. 

Drop down menu to filter first team, youth team etc now working on firefox

Sorting by position, rating, etc do now work in the shortlist. 

The UI itself looks good but it is an inefficient use of space. Naviagation requires to many clicks and scrolling. The amount of scrolling you have to do to view most of your squad is ridiculous. Same applies to newsfeed  messages. 

 

Thanks for raising these points. I have logged the issues that you are facing to the dev team

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Another issue i have noticed, not sure if other people have

 

on my shortlist i can only see one page of players and i cannot click onto the next page?? there is no option for me

 

Please can this be fixed

 

This is an issue that I flagged myself recently. Not all of the players on your shortlist are displayed on first page. We are working on resolution so that you will be able to view all of your shortlisted players. 

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This is an issue that I flagged myself recently. Not all of the players on your shortlist are displayed on first page. We are working on resolution so that you will be able to view all of your shortlisted players. 

Good to hear, came here to report the same bug.

 

On an aesthetics level, the new design looks great, but I do have to say the breaking news bothers me quite a bit with it being on every page, and it doesn't really provide any new information as I check the newsfeed often enough. Would be nice to have an option to remove it, or for it to just go.

 

Otherwise, no other bugs to report so far. Really like the changes and layout, and the SMFA Economy improvements with regards to player values are spot on. Keep up the good work.

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Good to hear, came here to report the same bug.

 

On an aesthetics level, the new design looks great, but I do have to say the breaking news bothers me quite a bit with it being on every page, and it doesn't really provide any new information as I check the newsfeed often enough. Would be nice to have an option to remove it, or for it to just go.

 

Otherwise, no other bugs to report so far. Really like the changes and layout, and the SMFA Economy improvements with regards to player values are spot on. Keep up the good work.

The feedback has been mainly positive about the breaking news feature. However as with anything there are some users that also do not like it. I will raise it up and see what is possible going forward

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The feedback has been mainly positive about the breaking news feature. However as with anything there are some users that also do not like it. I will raise it up and see what is possible going forward

 

Fair enough. Definitely a low priority issue, bugs should come before something small like that.

 

In addition to there being no previous and next buttons for the shortlist, they are also missing from the transfer list and concern list. 

 

EDIT: Also, when I try to take my player off loan list, the option for me to leave has status as Unknown is gone. I have to either mark him Available or Unavailable to Loan, even when neither is the case.

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Have seen so many managers quit over the last few days due to this new update. At the minute I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt, though there are numerous things that need fixed. Loading times, parts of the layout and get rid of the add club bring the main home page, too many flicking to get to where I want. Also lost out on three transfers as players values increased dramatically. To match this will prize money and game revenue increase?

And wow players wages have massively increased. My West Ham first team wages went from £1.2 million per turn to £1.9 million. Dunno if looking forward to what this will do to my team.

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On mozilla it doesn't work the first-young-loan option in "squad". only full team

the option to update player database is not available anymore?

the transfer list has only 50 players in one page? no 2nd and 3rd page

from the lower divisions how many teams promoted? is still a play-off games?

in transfer list you must click on each player to see if he have a "transfer banned"

Thanks for the feedback. I will get your issues raised

 

Re the transfer list issue, we have faced a similar issue with the shortlist in terms of the number of players shown. This has already been raised recently and will be resolved very soon. 

 

In terms of lower divisions promotions/play off games, this will all be the same as before the update. I think some may have been confused as we had a small UI display issue which may have indicated less teams get promoted/get in play offs. This issue has been fixed and will be going live very shortly.

 

Could you confirm what you mean by ' the option to update player database is not available anymore?'

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Thanks for the feedback. I will get your issues raised

 

Re the transfer list issue, we have faced a similar issue with the shortlist in terms of the number of players shown. This has already been raised recently and will be resolved very soon. 

 

In terms of lower divisions promotions/play off games, this will all be the same as before the update. I think some may have been confused as we had a small UI display issue which may have indicated less teams get promoted/get in play offs. This issue has been fixed and will be going live very shortly.

 

Could you confirm what you mean by ' the option to update player database is not available anymore?'

every day in case to seeing the "new players" that added to gw had to update database (download data). now i have only 25 "new players" in PLAYER DATABASE

 

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every day in case to seeing the "new players" that added to gw had to update database (download data). now i have only 25 "new players" in PLAYER DATABASE

 

Re regularly having to download the data - if you go to 'Account settings' in top right hand of page, select 'community data packs' and make sure you tick the box next to 'automatically load the default pack every time I login into Soccer Manager' then this will resolve your issue with having to do it yourself regularly.

 

In terms of the number of new players in your player database - leave this with me and I will come back to you on this, if that is ok

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Just a quick one, a number of users have raised the issue on the tactics page of there being no separation between the starting 11 and subs. I have flagged this up with the guys and will see if we can make it more clearly displayed between the two groups rather than blending into one.

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The new interface is an abomination. SM are driving away their users. 

 

The overuse of colour, them stars, the amount of clicks to get to all screens, how to do arrows, i can only see 1/25 of the players i have shortlisted etcetcetc.. Many more things.

 

Give us the option to use the old interface or you will see a massive amount of users quitting the game. Half the managers in our league are on the verge of quitting which is a shame.

 

You didn't listen to the majority of the users feedback before introducing this crap and now you will pay for it. 

Posted this in another thread. I like the game and i don't want to quit but the new UI isn't user friendly. Is there any way you can let us choose between the new and old UI? I am certain a lot of people would prefer the old UI. Good job on making a new ME and some new features to, though.

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