Miles Jacobson from Sports Interactive takes to the PlayStation Blog to show off FMC14’s 3D match engine with a little bit of gameplay video.

The studio director for Football Manager Classic 2014 took to the European PlayStation Blog to talk about the title, as well as show off some first-look footage.

Talking about the origins of the title, Miles noted;

“It’s hard to believe now, but it was just over 18 months ago that Shahid Ahmad and his team at PlayStation came to see us to have a “wouldn’t it be good if..?” conversation. That type of conversation happens all the time and, more often than not, leads nowhere… but not this time. This Friday, 11th April, that “wouldn’t it be good if…?” game is going to be available to anyone who has access to a Vita [in Europe].”

Another win for Vita owners thanks in part to our friend Shahid.

Miles went on to talk about their wishes for the Vita version, and why it was a much better fit than the mobile alternatives;

“From the very start of this project, the most important thing we had to work out was how to bring to PS Vita the same match engine that features in the PC/Mac game, along with the 3D match view. We’re very proud of the handheld versions of Football Manager that we’ve put out for the past few years, but it’s always been a frustration to us that current smartphones and tablets just aren’t powerful enough to deliver the full FM experience. The possibility of running the match engine on a handheld was what drew us to PS Vita in the first place and although it took a lot of hard work, with programmers making what seems impossible possible, to make it happen, the results are clear. It works!”

But don’t take his word for it, check out the sample below;

Football Manager Classic 2014 hits Vita this Friday in Europe.