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'Football Manager' console port ruled out, Vita absence explained

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Football Manager will not be ported to consoles, Sports Interactive has revealed.

In an interview with Digital Spy, game director Miles Jacobson ruled out any future console releases, but confirmed that the team were looking at additional mobile ports.
"We're on PC and Mac and we've got our handheld game now on PSP, iOS and Android. We'll be looking at new mobile platforms as they come through and other ways to play the game on the move, but beyond that, we're not looking at coming back to consoles any time in the future," explained Jacobson.

The industry veteran also explained the decision to port the game to the PSP, but not the Vita.

"If we were going to be doing something on Vita we would be doing something different to Football Manager Handheld. It's a lot more powerful as a device, but at the moment the market isn't really there.

"I hope it has a great Christmas, because I'm a big fan of the platform, and we certainly have ideas of what we would like to do if we were on it.

"For the time being, from our perspective, we're only a small team of 90, so any other games that we work on would involve taking on more people.

"So we'd have to make sure that it would recoup what it costs, not just on the financial side, but also on the creative side and taking people away from other projects.

"As it stands at the moment, the cost-benefit analysis just didn't add up," he concludes.


Football Manager 2013 includes more than 900 new or improved features across multiple game modes.

Enhancements include an improved 3D match engine, deeper media interactions, the addition of directors of football and a revamped loan system.

It also features the brand new 'Football Manager Classic' and 'Challenge' mode, the former of which removes various advanced features and speeds up matches. It allows players to complete a season in less than ten hours.

'Challenge' mode, on the other hand, gives the player a short-term objective - for example, to avoid relegation with a team severely hampered by injuries or to maintain a side's unbeaten run until the end of the season.

Football Manager 2013 is available on the PC and Mac now.

> Read Digital Spy's 'Football Manager 2013' review
> 'Football Manager 2013' interview: Miles Jacobson on the season ahead

Watch a trailer for Football Manager 2013 below:

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