EA’s FIFA Manager 14 is will be the last in the long running football management simulator series, which has seen annual versions since Total Club Manager 2003.
In a blog post, Gerald Köhler of FIFA Manager developers Bright Lights explains the decision to stop developing the series.
“The football manager genre at this level of sophistication is highly specialized 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.”
It’s not, of course, FIFA Manager which has dominated the market, but the even longer running Football Manager series developed by Sports Interactive. Last week Sports Interactive shared some interesting data about piracy levels, but have not threatened to stop making soccer management games.
In addition to competition, Köhler notes that were they to make more games in the series, it would be time to invest in a new game engine and online features, which would add to the cost of development.
Are you sad to see the end of FIFA Manager?