Hi guys, (this was previously posted on the xbox 360 section)
One of the cleverest decisions by sigames was buying out the football manager name. The original game on the Spectrum 48k I played to death when I was about 10/11 years of age.
My new topic concerns another retro title called Sensible Soccer. It has been well documented that it was one of the best selling games of all time. I bought the original games and had many a good game against my friends. There has been a lot of negative comments concerning the non support of sensible soccer especially on the recent release of the title on xbox 360 live. The title was sitting in limbo for a long time and appears designated to do so once again.
I noticed in these forums that people are asking for the 2d match engine to be updated. Would Sports Interactive not be interested in asking Sega to buy out the Sensible Soccer game/rights from Codemasters. The game (with football manager purpose tweaking) could be updated and used for the match display within football manager and this could be built on. This would allow the (different) stadiums/training facilities and pitch/players within football manager to be seen and would allow a visual display which I believe would hook the player of football manager even more. The possibilities for this could blow Championship Manager out the water and solve the ongoing 2d match engine problem.
This would of course market the game to the football manager audience who never played the original. This would get people interested in the game once again and it could be sold as a standalone product creating another product for the Sports Interactive stable.
People in the previous post spoke about Kick Off by Dino Dini saying it was a better game. People have their opinions. I like the match engine but it has its limitations when you cannot identify how the foul was committed or see a player is injured whereas this would be easier to identify.
There is room out there for a standalone game outwith PES and FIFA - I think this would be an ideal way to market it and benefit Football Manager at the same time.