With their annual management sim getting more and more licenses per years, football hipsters (me included) will no doubt be excited to hear that Sports Interactive and SEGA has acquired the license for the Japanese leagues for Football Manager 2024.
The agreement will see the J.1 League, J.2 League and J.3 Leagues all playable, and also Japan properly licensed as a national team. All 60 J-League clubs will boast their proper licenses, ranging from logos, kits, and even player likenesses.
Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson said:
“Signing an agreement with the J.League is something we’ve wanted to do for a very long time and being able to combine that with our first launch in Japan is an enormous milestone for the studio and wider SEGA family.
“For years and years, we’ve faced the ‘where is the J.League?’ question from our fans so I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to finally make it happen and am excited for our players to get to know the league and clubs better and discover new talents from Japan. For our new fans and players in Japan, it’s so pleasing that they’ll get to experience one of the true joys of FM – managing your favourite team and living out your footballing dreams!”
This news was somewhat expected following the addition of Japanese language for the upcoming sim, with more new features set to be announced over the next month.
Football Manager 2024 launches on November 6th, 2023 for PC, PS5, Xbox, Switch, and mobile. PC players can get early access in late October by pre-ordering for Early Access.
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