Players can download the Early Access beta by pre-ordering the game from a Sega-approved digital retailer. Anyone who’s ordered the game from one of these retailers can sign into Steam or Epic and launch it directly from their library.
Anyone who hasn’t pre-ordered the game from a digital retailer can still do so between now and the game’s release date of November 8 and will gain immediate access to the Early Access beta.
The Early Access version is considered “near complete but not quite final” by Sega, meaning players may encounter bugs and issues which can be reported in-game.
Online play is also enabled in Early Access, but there is no access to the pre-game or in-game editors – these will be made available when the full game is released on November 8.
Sega states that players who start a single-player career in the Early Access beta will be able to carry it across to the full game at launch.
This year’s release of Football Manager will include newly-licensed competitions like the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.
Xbox players will gain access to both the console and PC versions of the game on Xbox Game Pass on the day of release.