What exactly is the FM 13 pre-order?
Anyone who pre-orders (or pre-purchases) the game through a participating retail partner will be given a beta key which will allow early access to the game. The early access period will be 2 weeks – so allowing people who pre-order to start playing the game two weeks before its actual release as a product.
What is a beta version?
A beta version in an early version of a game normally produced a few weeks before the game itself is mastered. In the case of FM2013, the disc is already being manufactured, but the actual executable file needed to run the game isn’t on the disc itself as this is delivered via Steam when the game is authenticated, so Sports Interactive will continue to work on the game until a couple of days before it is released.
What do I get from my chosen retailer when I pre-order?
This will depend on where you pre-order your copy of FM13. If you pre-order in a participating store in person, you should be given an FM13 branded card, that will have a unique code printed on its reverse.
If you pre-order with a retailer on line, for a boxed copy to be delivered then you will be e mailed a code prior to the beta access going live. The time you receive the code may vary depending on the retailer, so please check with the retailer in question if you are unsure.
If you pre-purchase a Digital Download version of the product then your code will also be sent to you electronically via e mail.
What do I do if the retailer hasn’t sent me my pre-order code?
Please talk to the retailer concerned directly. SEGA has provided the pre-order codes to all retailers who are part of the pre-order incentive.
What time, exactly, is the beta going to be released?
There is no set time or date that the beta will go live apart from "approximately 2 weeks before release". Sports Interactive want the beta to be as up to date as possible and not have serious issues, so will release the beta when they are happy that this is the case.
How will I know when I can access it?
The best place is to check www.footballmanager.com where you can keep up to date with both release date information, and information about the live date for early access.
How do I access the beta?
To access the beta you will need the unique code received or sent to you electronically from the retail partner. All printed cards and e mailed codes come with instructions on how to access the beta. You can also check at www.footballmanager.com for instructions on access, but 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 guide and it will vary.
How much space will the beta code take up on my PC/Mac?
Around 2gb of hard drive space will be required to install the beta code
What happens when the game is released if I have pre-ordered a boxed copy of the game?
When you collect / receive your boxed copy, you will need to install the game disc. You will be prompted to follow the on screen instructions which will require you to input the activation code that will be printed onto the game manual. Once the game disc is activated, it will recognise your beta game and will allow you to continue play from you left off in your beta game.
What happens when the game is released if I have pre-purchased the Digital Download version of the product?
Your game will automatically update from BETA to final version on the launch day
When does the beta game finish?
The early access will be switched off on the Monday, following the games release. You will not be able to continue playing beyond this point unless you have installed the copy you pre-ordered and activated it.
What happens to my beta game post release?
Your beta game will remain as a saved game once the access is switched off. This means that you can continue it at any time if you install the copy of the game you pre-ordered. You won’t be able to continue playing the beta from the Monday after release, but it will still be there as soon as you install and activate the copy you pre-ordered.
Can I save my beta game and carry on when install the full version?
Yes. See above answer.
Can I play all game modes in the beta?
The career mode, and new Classic mode including Challenge mode will all be playable in the beta. However it is not the full and final version, so some elements will not be activated until you install the pre-ordered copy.
What if I change my mind and cancel my pre-order?
If you cancel your pre-order and choose not to install a final version of FM13, then you will no longer have access to the game from the Monday following release.
What if my code for the beta doesn’t work?
If for some reason you encounter a problem when trying to access the beta, then as long as it’s when the beta has been opened (two weeks prior to the game launch) please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will I have to wait for the full game to download, following my beta install?
As with the beta install, this will depend on the speed of you internet connection so times will vary. We estimate an average install time from beta to complete game would be approx. 20 minutes
If serious issues are found in the beta version, will they be fixed in time for the games release?
That is the plan, although both Sports Interactive & SEGA are hopeful that there won’t be any!
Is the editor going to be released at the same time as the beta?
No – the editor will be available when the game itself is released at 00.01 GMT on Friday 2nd November.