Yesterday, Sports Interactive announced that they were releasing Football Manager 1888, a football management simulator based on the first ever Football League season of 1888-89. To anyone who bothered to check the date, it was obviously an April Fools prank, but you’ve got to hand it to SI – it was pretty convincing.
It posted an official looking product page on their website, displaying screenshots and alleged features of the game that they claimed would be released this summer. Members of the development team answered fooled fans’ Twitter queries with a straight face and even got the Football League to mention the game on its official account, stating that it was part of the League’s 125th anniversary celebrations.
Even eagle-eyed readers who realised that it was too good to be true said that they would be interested in such a game if it was ever released, so why doesn’t Sports Interactive make it?