In an open letter to fans of the game, Miles Jacobson emphasizes that he has no intention of making a unique version of “FM” with only women’s football. The plan is to fully integrate the female variant into “FM”.
“One sport, one game. Our players will be able to naturally transition from coaching a men’s team to a women’s team and vice versa. Women’s football will be a part of the world that constitutes each of your ‘saves’ on FM. That world. it will simply be much larger and a little more varied,” he wrote.
“It’s the right thing to do”
Jacobson assumes that adding women’s football to the game “will cost millions and the short-term payback will be minimal.”
“But that’s not the point. There is a roof over women’s football and we want to help destroy it. We believe in equality for all and we want to be part of the solution and process that will put women’s football on an equal footing with men’s. ( …) We are embarking on this adventure because it is the right thing to do”, it reads.
Integrating women’s football will not only be expensive: it will also be a lot of work. From creating an entirely new database to classification criteria, creating virtual female bodies, capturing motions, fully rewriting dialogues in multiple languages — it’s a process that will take years.
“We have been working on this project for some time. Several of the tasks ahead can be carried out simultaneously, which will shorten the process, but we are realistic: bringing women’s football to ‘FM’ will be a multi-year project. At this point, we don’t know exactly how long it will take, so we can’t say exactly in which version women’s football will make its debut. But rest assured: our plan is for it to happen as soon as possible,” said Miles Jacobson.