Today's blog is slightly different in that we're not talking about any new features. Instead, we'd like to share with you some great news.

Those of you who follow either Miles or the SI Twitter accounts, will yesterday have seen that Football Manager 2012 has now officially gone Gold!

This means that the release date of 21st October has been confirmed and that the demo will be able to be released for this weekend! So not long to wait.

Finally, we've had confirmation of the minimum required specs for this year's game. These are…

PC Hardware Requirements:
OS - Windows XP/Vista/W7
Processor - XP : 1.4GHz or Faster; Vista/W7 : 2.0GHz or Faster
Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core, AMD Athlon
Memory - XP : 512MB RAM; Vista/W7 : 1.0GB RAM
Hard Drive Space - 2GB
DVD-Drive - 4x Speed
Video Card - 128MB.
Supported Chipsets - Nvidia FX 5900 Ultra or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 or greater; Intel 82915G/82910GL or greater. 
Earlier cards may only display 2D Match Viewer Mode and are not supported. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported.
Sound Card - DirectX 9.0c compatible 
DirectX - Version 9.0c (included)
LAN - TCP/IP compliant
Input - Keyboard, Mouse.

Mac Hardware Requirements:
OS - OS X 10.5.8/10.6.x or higher
Processor - Intel Processor
Video Card - Nvidia Geforce 7300 GT or greater; ATI Radeon X1600 or greater.