In May 2015, EA Sports created the event by announcing the arrival of women’s football on FIFA 16. The studio explained that the addition of female players to the game had been planned for several years but were delayed by certain technical constraints. Game players were then able to choose from a dozen top national teams including France and the United States.

Six years later, it’s the turn of the other major football simulation to take the plunge. Football Manager (FM) has announced the arrival of a women’s version of the game, but it will take several years before it is integrated. Once again, Miles Jacobson, the boss of Sports Interactive, says that his studio has been working on this project for quite some time now.

A heavy but necessary investment

The women’s football will join FM but it will not be a standalone version, but an addition to the main game. In a blog post, the executive explains: ” Players will be able to switch from a men’s team to a women’s team and vice versa as they wish. Women’s soccer will be an integral part of the interactive world in each of your saves. That world will just be bigger and more varied.

Miles Jacobson doesn’t beat around the bush, either; he points out that this will cost his studio ” millions ” and that the expected short-term returns will be limited. But for him, it is about breaking the glass ceiling of women’s football in the longer term:

‘We believe in equality for all and we want to be part of the solution. We want to be part of the process and see women’s football play on an equal footing.

In detail, Sports Interactive has addressed the issue of the database, which is one of the strengths of the game. However, it will take some time before the database is up to the standard of the men’s game, as the one currently in use took 28 years to build.

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In an effort to achieve the same level of realism as the men’s game, Miles Jacobson also raised concerns about the transfer system, which is different, but also about other elements that need to be taken into account:

There are also other questions, such as: at what level of detail should we start? There are many studies on the impact of the menstrual cycle on training and injuries, but how do we incorporate them without a major effect on gameplay? What about the pregnancy issue? If there is a pregnancy in the team or staff, should there be 3D models for each stage?

Finally, there are other issues on the horizon with the need for teams to rewrite the game’s 100,000 lines and translate them to fit the genre. For all these reasons, the manager says it will take several more years before women’s football is integrated into FM. However, he assuresWe believe that our teams are doing everything possible to achieve this as quickly as possible.

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