EA Sports cancels FIFA Manager series after 13 years

By on November 27, 2013, 8:30 AM
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Some sad news to report for all of you FIFA Manager fans out there. The franchise founder, Gerald Köhler, has announced that FIFA Manager 14 will be the last title in the long running Football management simulator series. According to Kotaku, the past couple years have seen FIFA Manager falling second best to Sega's popular Football Manager series. But why exactly has the once epic PC-based simulator fallen so far from grace? According to Köhler, it's due to a lack of next-generation tools and software. 

The FIFA Manager franchise has reached a crossroads, in which a new engine and updated technology is required to "bring it into the next generation." Unfortunately, Köhler and his team do not feel that the necessary costs required to upgrade these tools would produce a profit. This is most likely due to the fact that Football management simulators are within a very niche market, appealing to only a subset of football fans. 

But even with a lack of funding, and the series coming to end, Köhler is still urging individuals to continue playing previously released titles and is inviting fansites and developers to do whatever they can with the franchise. He spoke the following concerning the future of the simulator:

"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."

You can still get your fix by playing Football Manager, but to some diehard fans it's just not going to be the same. Hopefully we will see someone else pick up the FIFA Manager legacy and run with it. Perhaps it will take another dedicated company to breathe new life into the series. As of now, though, FIFA Manager ends at 14.




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MilwaukeeMike said:

But why exactly has the once epic PC-based simulator fallen so far from grace? According to Kohler, it's due to a lack of next-generation tools and software.

And perhaps the fact that the largest video game market in the world thinks soccer (football) is a sport for kids. I'm not trying to offend... I know it's the most popular sport in the world, probably by a lot, but the gaming population is getting older and here in America soccer starts to take a back seat to American Football, basketball and baseball.

Guest said:

You know that there are other countries than US ? Since 2010 the game didn't change that much, making gamers to loose their interest..

Chazz said:

You know that there are other countries than US ? Since 2010 the game didn't change that much, making gamers to loose their interest..

Did you know he addressed that in his post? I mean, I know my scope is limited since im from the US, but I think reading comprehension has caught on by now in your country, ya?

@MilwaukeeMike, I'm quite sure there are two games made by EA. FIFA(insert year) and FIFA Manager(insert year). The first one is still going pretty strong, the second is more of a niche genre. I haven't played a soccer game in over a decade, so this is just my best guess.

JamManUK2000 JamManUK2000 said:

Football management games are a niche market, and more so in the US, but 'soccer' is a massive sport in the rest of the world so there is a market for it nonethe less.

Football Manager is the better management game and they sell around 1 million copies which is over double what Fifa manager sold.

RzmmDX said:

I thought FIFA Manager died a long time ago... last time I heard of this was probably in 2009 when they were announcing that they had a 3D match engine.

And I was still playing FM 2008. FIFA Manager really wasn't even close in competing against FM.

Chazz said:

@JamManUK2000

Normal FIFA is huge! I think I remember seeing FIFA 12 sold 4-5 million copies in it's first week. FM is niche and we agree upon that.

"I know it's the most popular sport in the world" has been said in this chain of posts and there is no disagreement there. The guest's comment was unwarranted, he can take that xenophobia elsewhere.

Guest said:

If football starts to take a back seat to American Football, basketball .etc that doesn't mean the same thing happens in the rest of the world, that was my point. For a guy who is not playing "soccer games" you are out of this topic.

EClyde EClyde said:

Soccer ?? pthewwty

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