After tough competition from other football management games, EA has announced that FIFA Manager 14 will be the last game in the franchise.
In an open letter on the FIFA Manager blog, Gerald Kohler wrote "Today I'm writing to tell you that FIFA MANAGER 14 will be the last installment of the football simulation series marketed by EA SPORTS. 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. "
Kohler went on to describe their defeat, and admit that although their games have been enjoyed by many, Football Manager held the crown, and has ultimately beaten FIFA Manager in every way possible.
"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. 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.'
For those that enjoyed the FIFA Manager series this may come as a bit of a disappointment to you, but FIFA Manager 14 will be released before the series is trashed, which means you'll still be able to experience EA's football management game on the next generation.