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Strategy games don't work on console, the general manager of Championship Manager developer Beautiful Game Studios has said.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com, Roy Meredith said he believes that console owners "don't want a game you've got to think about too much", and said football management sim Championship Manager wasn't "exciting enough" to warrant a console release.

He said: "I'd love to release a console version that would work but this is not the game. Strategy games don't work on console and this is a strategy game. The experience I've had on that, I think EA had that Lord of the Rings strategy game, I don't like Lord of the Rings as a franchise but the game itself on PC was immense. I thought it was brilliant. They released it on Xbox 360 and it stiffed. I don't think people want a game you've got to think about too much on a console. They canned Command & Conquer on PS3, EA I think spent 5 million on it and just said no thanks, which I think is the right decision."

The strategy genre has traditionally been one developers have struggled to make work on consoles, with issues surrounding finding adequate controls chief among the stumbling blocks. Recent iterations of rival football management sim Football Manager, from Sports Interactive, have been ported to the Xbox 360 with little success. Indeed Sports Interactive didn't release a console version of Football Manager 2009, released late last year.

Meredith said that while a console version of Champ Man would be "wonderful", he currently doesn't have a solution.

"It's really difficult to get this to work," he said. "I'm not saying no, but at the moment I haven't got a solution for it on console. People want reactive, fast action things on console. This is a statistical game, it's a strategy game, it's a game you have got to put a lot of thought into as a football fan, as a football manager. At the moment it's not exciting enough to be warranted as a console release in terms of dynamic action. If we can get to it, it would be wonderful, but I haven't got the solution at the moment."

Check out our first-look preview of Championship Manager 09, due out for PC in April, right here.

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I really think fm 09 should be released on 360.fm 08 was a great game and thouroughly addictive! ha. Maybe thats why!?
Posted 12:53 on 04 March 2009
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Fantasy your right. They can be made well for console. I love the games. But as you said the market isnt there most people dont want to play them. The big market for these games is the P.C. Its sad cause we could have some great titles.
Posted 13:53 on 19 January 2009
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Puts a bit of pressure on Halo Wars doesn't it?

My personal view is that strategy games can work fine on a console, the audience just isn't there. The same thing used to be said of the FPS genre, but once gamers got their thumbs around the analogue stick method it worked out ok, look at the numbers playing COD4 and how much anticipation there is for Killzone 2.

As for management games specifically, I'll have to give Roy the benefit of the doubt, not my genre at all. I'd guess one of the biggest hurdles aside from the genre practically being non-existent on consoles is the updating which would have to be done via Live/PSN, which I'm guessing would incur extra costs for the developers. Then there's the whole 'alt-tab to Google around for tips and community interaction aspect' which can't be done on consoles.

It does seem rather strange that it's one of the few genres that hasn't made the leap from PC to console, but I totally disagree with "console owners 'don't want a game you've got to think about too much'". Just because those types of games aren't widely available on consoles doesn't mean there's a bunch of gamers that play on both PC and console that don't want them.

I'd offer a solution, but it's incredibly risky:- release a 360/PS3 American Football version for the U.S. market to test the waters.
Posted 13:12 on 19 January 2009

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Release Date: 01/01/2009
Developer: Beautiful Game Studios
Publisher: Eidos Interactive
Genre: Management
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 4,282 8434
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