An epochal novelty coming for Football Manager fans, even if not immediately. Miles Jacobs, director of Sports Interactive, the studio that produces the popular video game title, has in fact officially announced that his team is working on the introduction of women’s football in the most popular football management game on the planet. No date has been announced, and indeed women’s football will certainly not debut in the next edition of FM, but Jacobs explains that the project has been active “in the background for some time”. In any case, the intention is not to create a version of FM dedicated exclusively to women’s football, rather to integrate it with the edition already released on an annual basis.
To do this, you clearly need work: first of all, on the database, one of the strengths of the title, for which a great deal of research is required. Furthermore, Jacobs writes, adapting women to male models would not work: the FM team is evaluating which data to work on and also from the point of view of graphic animations, applying male ones to women would lead to the latter “to move like cowboys. “. On motion capture, in fact, the creator of Football Manager ensures that the work has already been carried out, thanks to the collaboration of Katie and Mollie Kmita, twins who play respectively in Watford and West Ham. Introducing women’s football also involves a series of passages, including lexical ones, more than 100,000 strings to be rewritten and then translated into 19 languages. No release date, as mentioned: in the long post there is talk of a multi-year project with quite high costs, but FM is committed to helping to lift the “glass bell” that is above women’s football.