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FM18 Beta Explained

Pre-Purchase Football Manager 2018 from our store to receive access to the beta version approximately 2 weeks before the final game release!

By Updated on Oct 25, 2017   23701 views   0 comments
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Following the success of previous years in regards to pre-order rewards, Sports Interactive put the same offer on the table. So there's a special reward for people who pre-purchase the game from our store – you'll actually get access to the beta version of the game just over 2 weeks upfront, plus a gift copy of FM Touch for desktop computers.

So what are you waiting for?
Pre-Purchase FM18 from to receive your special reward 2+ weeks before the game releases!

What is this beta version?

  • Beta version will be very close to the final game.
  • All game modes, including Network Games and the Fantasy Draft mode will be available to play. As of October 26th, SI decided to disable online modes as they're not technically stable yet; will have to wait a bit longer for those.
  • Saved games will be compatible with the final game.
  • The game will automatically update to the final version on the official release date.
  • One main limitation: no pre-game editor, and no resource archiver.

FM18 Pre-Release Beta Explained

Who can get access to the Beta?
Anyone who pre-purchases the game through our official store will be given a key which will grant early access to the game. The early access period will be just over 2 weeks – so allowing people who pre-purchase to start playing the beta game roughly two weeks before its actual release as a product.

Is Beta the Demo?
No, it's NOT the demo. It's a pre-release version of the game and you can play as much as you like, there is no season limit or anything. The demo will be released either on November 10th or shortly after.

What do I get from you when I pre-purchase?
Your code will be sent to you electronically via e mail within a few minutes after successful purchase.

How will I know when I can access it?
We expect the early access to be available on or before October 27th, which means 2 weeks prior to the actual release date of the game. Keep checking our news homepage for information about the live date for early access.

How do I access the beta?
To access the beta you will need the unique code sent to you electronically from our official store. All emailed codes come with instructions on how to redeem them on Steam and get the game on your Steam Library. You will need your unique code and internet access in order to begin the install.

How long does the beta code take to install?
This will very much depend on your internet connection speed. For example with an average speed of 2mb/s it should take 20 minutes. Please note however this is only a rough estimate and it will vary.

How much space will the game take up on my PC/Mac/Linux?
Around 7gb of hard drive space will be required to install the game.

What happens when the game is released?
Your game will automatically update from beta to final version on the launch day (November 10th).

What happens to my beta game post release?
Your beta game will remain as a saved game and you'll be able to continue playing post release.

How much does it cost?

The price is set to £37.99 for UK and €42.41 for EU. If you live outside Europe, you will get a discounted price of $45.99.

Step 1: Click the "Pre-Purchase Now" button on our FM18 product page to be taken to the shopping cart. Then hit the "Start Secure Checkout" button.

Step 2: Fill out the required contact details and click the "Validate" button.

Step 3: Choose your payment method to complete your order.

Cheaper than the official Steam store
UK: Our price £37.99 - Steam store £37.99
Europe: Our price €42.41 - Steam store €54.99
Rest of the world: Our price $45.99 - Steam store $49.99

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