EA Sports has announced that FIFA Manager 14 will be the final installment in the long-running soccer simulation series. FIFA Manager had been an annual franchise since 2002, but lead designer Gerald Köhler notes that continuing the series would ultimately prove technologically too demanding. He also indirectly ceded to the European dominance of Sega's Football Manager 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," Köhler said on the FIFA Manager blog (via Joystiq). "The niche market and general trend toward online and mobile games were also contributing factors. Moreover, [FIFA Manager] 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."
Köhler expresses hope that fan sites will continue to improve the existing FIFA Manager 14 whenever possible, before sending his thanks to the game's fans.