Football Manager kicking off in April for Vita

Sports Interactive and SEGA has come up with a release date for Football Manager Classic 2014 (FMC 2014, hitting the shelves and PSN on Friday, April 11th. Just as then season comes to an explosive climax, hopefully! The game will let PC players keep on managing, whether they’re at home using their computer or out and about.

In addition, FMC 2014 for PS Vita is also the first ever mobile game to feature FM’s acclaimed 3D Match Engine, adding an extra layer of realism and immersion that’s been unavailable in previous Football Manager Handheld games, alongside a pretty much identical feature set to Football Manager Classic on home computers.

Devleopment duties have been shared between Sports Interactive, its sister development studio Hardlight and Sheffield-based Little Stone, so thanks to them for getting this job done. If that's what it takes to get more big name games done on the Vita, then I hope more big brands are paying attention.

“It’s great to finally be able to release FMC Vita. This game has been the most technically challenging that we’ve ever worked on – we’ve essentially fit a PC game that needs loads of memory, a mouse and a keyboard into Sony’s wonderful handheld with a touch screen – and the help we’ve had from all of our partners has been wonderful,” says Miles Jacobson, Studio Director at Sports Interactive. “To be able to take your home computer save onto the road adds a huge amount to the Football Manager experience.”