Sports Interactive officially announced that Football Manager Classic 2014 is coming to PlayStation Vita.
FMC14 for PS Vita will be the first game in the Football Manager series to allow cross-platform play away from home computers, meaning that fans who own both FM14 (and play Classic mode) for PC, Mac or Linux and FMC14 for PS Vita will be able to carry on a single continuous game, whether they're at home using their computer or out and about with their PlayStation Vita (or vice versa).
It will be the first ever handheld game to feature the 3D Match Engine, alongside a pretty much identical feature set to FMC on home computers. Play the game at home on your computer, upload the saved game to the cloud, download on your PS Vita, and continue to play on the bus. Anytime, any place, anywhere, with the saved game stored in the cloud.
So what is Football Manager Classic?It's a mode that was added into last year's PC and Mac version of Football Manager as a quicker way to play the full Football Manager experience. It has all you'd expect from FM – a huge database of players researched by a team of over 1,500 scouts around the world, a 3D match engine showing the action, a full tactics module, realistic transfers, and dozens of playable leagues, with hundreds of manageable clubs from all over the world. All of that have been streamlined for a faster playing experience. However, FMC for PS Vita has way more features compared to the PSP Football Manager Handheld releases which you may have played on your PS Vita before.
So why on PS Vita, and why now? Simply put, PS Vita is powerful enough to handle the game. Sony wanted to help because their community wanted to play FM on their Vitas. And they did. Sports Interactive received help from their sister studio, Hardlight, as well as from developers at Little Stone.
FMC14 for PS Vita will be published by SEGA and will be available as both a physical release and a digital download through the PSN store. More information including release date shall be announced soon.
Welcome to the future of FM. Play home and away!