EA Sports Sacks FIFA Manager After 13-Year Run

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EA Sports will cancel FIFA Manager, its football management sim for the PC, ending a 13-year run for the series that lately saw it finishing a distant second to Sega's better regarded Football Manager.

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In an open letter to fans, Gerald Köhler, the founder of the game (known as Fussball Manager and then Total Club Manager before taking the FIFA Manager title in 2005) said that the game required a "new engine and/or corresponding online technology," to give the series a lift. Current conditions don't warrant such an investment, given "the niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games." Köhler also alluded to Football Manager, though he did not name it, as practically dominating the market.

The most recent edition, FIFA Manager 14, was a "legacy edition," a euphemism for a game with no significant upgrades (other than the roster) over the previous release.

"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," Köhler wrote. "For all your years of support and all your passion for our game, we thank you."

Open Letter from Gerald [FIFA-Manager.com]

DISCUSSION

electrojam
Electrojam

Fifa Manager, Football Manager, the Fifa games...

Nothing compares to International Superstar Soccer 2000 on the N64, which had an RPG mode for taking a young player from the bottom rungs all the way to playing on an International level.

There's likely other games out there that do this, but this was the second football game to ever interest me and get me hooked. The first was Sensible World of Soccer because Sensible Software made great games whatever the content.