It’s taken 18 months, a shed-load of hard work and the combined brainpower of some of the most agile minds in the business, but it’s all been worth it because – from today – you and I can now play Football Manager Classic on PS Vita.
You can’t imagine how good it feels to type those words.
To quickly run through the basics again, Football Manager Classic is a ‘streamlined’ version of Football Manager. It’s still the full game, but a number of the manager’s tasks have been delegated or automated so that he or she can concentrate on the most important elements (essentially, transfers, training and tactics).
‘Classic mode’, as we call it, has been available as an optional game mode in the two most recent versions of our PC/Mac game, but this is the first time that we’ve made it available as a standalone game in its own right.
The reason we decided to do this, rather than start from scratch and create an all-new version of FM specifically for PS Vita, was because all games developers are dreamers and our dream was to see if it would be possible to make a game which would allow a Football Manager player to carry on a single career across a home computer and a handheld device.
Up until the arrival of PS Vita, there simply wasn’t a handheld device in existence with the power to allow us to do this – and, to be honest, we weren’t completely sure that (brilliant as it is) the Vita was going to have the necessary muscle either. However, people with brains far bigger than mine – both in SI and Sony – took a look at the issues and together we decided to give it a go.
It took us a while to achieve – and it was a great deal harder than any of us expected – but we’ve done it and, from today, you can start a new management career on your PS Vita, upload your saved game to the cloud and then continue where you left off on your computer (or vice versa, of course). This is pretty remarkable and, if our various Twitter feeds are anything to go by, it’s something that our fans have really been looking forward to.
And, of course, there’s more to this than just the ability to Cross Save. FMC 2014 for PS Vita is also the first ever handheld game to feature FM’s 3D Match Engine, which is a really important part of the experience, as it adds an extra layer of realism and immersion. We unveiled the match engine in a blog we posted earlier this week; if you haven’t seen it already you can check it out here.
So, whether you fancy carrying on your management career ‘home and away’ or whether you just want to play the world’s best football management game on the world’s best handheld entertainment system, then FMC 14 on PS Vita is the one for you.
I really hope you enjoy. If you do – or even if you don’t – let me know by tweeting me at @milesSI.