FIFA Manager series culled, founder issues open letter

By Dave Cook
25 November 2013 11:50 GMT

FIFA Manager has been halted by publisher EA Sports. Founder and designer Gerald Köhler has issued an open letter to discuss the issue. Read it here.

It follows the release of FIFA Manager 14 in October. It is the last entry to the series.

Speaking on behalf of the series’ German developer Bright Future, Köhler’s open letter can be found here.

In the letter, he said, “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.”

He continued, “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.”

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