Full Time for the FIFA Manager Franchise
The FIFA Manager Franchise has come to end EA have confirmed via an open letter to the FIFA Manager community by founder and designer Gerald K hler. In the open letter, K hler stated the dominance of it s rival Football Manager as one of the key decisions to blowing the full-time whistle on the franchise.
“Today I m writing to tell you that FIFA MANAGER 14 will be the last instalment of the football simulation series marketed by EA SPORTS. This is was a very tough decision, so I want to take the time to explain it.This probably comes as a big disappointment to many of you, and it is understandable that you would ask why.”
“The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialised and primarily played in two countries (England and Germany), in which on top of everything one game has practically dominated the market in recent years. The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, FM had reached a crossroads at which a new engine and/or corresponding online technology would be the only way to give the series a boost. When all these factors were evaluated, it led us to the decision to blow the final whistle.”
“All of us, the team at Bright Future and our colleagues at EA SPORTS, loved and still love FIFA MANAGER. It s a game that has captivated many fans over the years, and been our pride and joy since its first instalment FIFA MANAGER 2002 (with Rudi Assauer on the cover). We ve had L w and Mourinho on the cover, Felix Magath twice, and many other German and international stars who have lent their expertise to the game. We were also lucky to have a very dedicated community. Your passion and commitment to FIFA MANAGER is unrivalled, and made the series a great joy to work on.”
“You have our heartfelt gratitude. We hope you ll keep playing FM as long as possible, and that the fan sites will go all out to expand and improve the game wherever they can. For all your years of support and all your passion for our game, we thank you,” K hle concluded.
I personally enjoyed playing FIFA Manager a lot over the years, and it is sad to see the franchise come to an end. FIFA Manager offered some different challenges to Football Manager, especially when it come to creating your own team and allowed you to run it from top to bottom if you chose. Sports Interactive s only real challenger has now given in, but let s hope that Football Manager continues to improve year on year.
Did you play FIFA Manager? Are you pleased to see it go or are you disappointed that the team has finally called it quits?
Source: *FIFA Manager Blog