Football Manager Handheld: "There is a new version coming, and again, it should be out before Christmas."
30th March 2012
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Sega will sacrifice operations in Europe and Australia to laser-focus on four key brands: Aliens, Sonic, Total War, Football Manager.
Sports Interactive boss Miles Jacobson has said on Twitter that rumours Sega Europe is to close are "false".
Sega will cut jobs and cancel titles as it attempts to "streamline" the home video games business in Europe and the US.
Parent company Sega Sammy released a statement announcing the "structural reform" today. It comes as Sega braces investors for an "extraordinary loss" for the full financial year ending 31st March 2012.
"The Consumer Business centred on Sega Corporation is expected to post operating loss in the year ending March 2012, due to the challenging economic climate and significant changes in the home video game software market environment in the US and Europe.
Tablet technology in two years will be as powerful as PC tech was last year, Football Manager boss Miles Jacobson believes.
An article about Football Manager tends to write itself. You can continue to harp on about its destructive tendency to take over your own life. Maybe throw in a few crafted asides about taking your plucky band of strugglers to improbable European glory, and then go about the business of discussing the shiny new features, before finishing up with a tearful account of how your partner shacked up with the editor of the Angling Times because it was a better option than hearing about contract negotiations and tactical nuances before bed. Job done.
But you really don't want to hear about the broken reality at the coal face of games journalism. It's quite likely that you're a bit like me - a former football management addict who had to go cold turkey and leave it far behind - and not just for the predictable reasons of it being 'too compulsive' and being threatened with justifiable violence by your significant other.
The curious truth of the matter is that Football Manager just got ahead of itself, and giddily heaped layer upon unnecessary layer of detail onto its perfect core. No longer was it about simply managing the tactics and transfers of your fantasy team, but handling egos and fretting about media relations and dozens of other micro tasks that ultimately distract you from the things that you enjoyed most.
Sega has announced Football Manager Handheld 2012, due out around midnight tonight for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad (with iOS 3.0 or above).
The game launches in a single package, meaning you can play it on multiple devices, should you own them.
If you have Apple TV and iOS 5 you can mirror Football Manager Handheld 2012 from your iPhone or iPad to your TV screen while controlling it with the handheld device.