In The Name Of Realism, Football Manager 2017 Includes Full Simulation Of The Effects Of Brexit

Chris Wright

18th, October 2016

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Just when you thought it couldn’t possibly get any more immersive, it’s been revealed that Brexit and the effects thereof are included in the latest edition of Football Manager.

As confirmed by Sports Interactive chief Miles Jacobson, Brexit is programmed to trigger around “two to ten years” into your game, with the aftershock of Britain’s departure from the European Union – unstable transfer markets and exchange rates, work permit issues, etc – coming into play the following year.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Jacobson explained:

We usually try and keep politics out of the game because nobody wants it rammed down their throat.

It wouldn’t have felt right to leave that out. It’s something we had to reflect in the game.

He also confirmed that the game will also randomly choose whether managers are hit with a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit – the latter still allowing for the free movement of workers, the former making life for non-EU players that bit more stressful.

While we retain full appreciation for Sports Interactive’s relentless commitment to the pursuit of realism, we can’t help but wonder what happened to the escapism of computer games. Having not played since 2003/04, the latest incarnations of Football Manager sound so crushingly over-involved.

That said, millions upon millions of people seem to passionately disagree, so hey-ho. Each to their own.

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  1. Chris says:

    In the name of political correctness to entertain the PC crowd, rather. The effects of Brexit are unknown, because the precise rules are not even fully formulated, so what effects are they simulating? To think that Premier League is not going to protect their financial machine and have trouble with trivial stuff such as work permits for their players is plain bonkers. They did it because it is a hot topic and it sells, it has nothing to do with realism. It’s a shaky ground though – as much as it entertains 50% of Brits, it will annoy the other 50%.

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