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Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 Released
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

OOTP Developments, developer of the Out of the Park Baseball management sim series, has announced the release of Franchise Hockey Manager 2014. The game gives players the chance to take control of one of more than 300 teams spanning 19 leagues, and run every aspect of the operation. FHM 2014 also offers historical NHL play as far back as 1947 and the entire WHA history from 1971 to 1979.

"We've learned a lot about developing sports management games after 14 versions of Out of the Park Baseball, so we felt it was time to apply those lessons to a new game," said OOTP co-founder Markus Heinsohn. "What better way to do that than with hockey?"

Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 offers the following features:

  • The 2013-14 season for 19 leagues around the world, with real teams and players. Available leagues include the NHL, AHL, OHL, WHL, Liiga, EIHL, KHL, SHL, and more. (A complete list is found here: http://www.ootpdevelopments.com/franchise-hockey-manager/features.php.)

  • Historical play as far back as the 1947 for the NHL, as well as the entire 1971 through 1979 existence of the WHA.

  • Custom leagues set up in a variety of pre-configured ways, with fresh franchises stocked with fictional players who chart unique careers.

  • A robust simulation engine that produces the most realistic hockey results possible, whether players want to reproduce the later years of the Original Six, replay the high-scoring 1980s, create fictional leagues, or anything else. A variety of league rules and settings can be changed to create different experiences.

  • Plenty of stats, from the usual goals and assists to Corsi, Fenwick, time on ice in various situations, penalty specifics, fights won, and much more.

  • Players oversee team finances, keep an eye on the salary cap, check on their assistance coaches and scouts, watch the waiver wire, put together trade packages, make contract offers to free agents, and much more. They also determine their team's long-term plan, keeping in mind the possibility that they could be fired if they don't live up to the owner's expectations. (That option can be disabled.)

  • The ability to set lines and tactics for a variety of game situations, as well as watch games play out and make tactical decisions on the fly.

  • A living game world complete with news articles, messages from other GMs and players, announcements of upcoming milestones (a player's 500th career goal, for example), and more. Players also have unique personalities that affect their performance, and they won't be afraid to say something if they're unhappy with how they're being used on the team.

  • Support for importing player images, as well as team and league logos.
Requirements:
  • Mac OS X 10.5
  • Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1 GB HD Space
Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 is available now for $29.99 (USD). Click over to the links below to read more details about the game.

FHM 2014 Walkthrough Video
The Road To Release Part 1: All About Ratings
The Road To Release Part 2: Rewriting History And Creating Custom Leagues
The Road To Release Part 3: Scouting And Background Leagues
Franchise Hockey Manager (add to watch list)
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