Eidos announces Championship Manager 2010

It's no secret that the Championship Manager series has been in somewhat of a downward spiral after developers Sports Interactive cut the cord to work on its own game, the now renowned Football Manager. Champ Manager was then left to languish in the hands of current developers Beautiful Game...

It's no secret that the Championship Manager series has been in somewhat of a downward spiral after developers Sports Interactive cut the cord to work on its own game, the now renowned Football Manager. Champ Manager was then left to languish in the hands of current developers Beautiful Game Studios, with the 2008 version receiving less than favourable reviews.

Still, you can't fault Eidos and Beautiful Game Studios' determination to try to get things right, and so they've announced the next version of the game, Championship Manager 2010, which is due out this September. In development for over two years, the game boasts a brand new 3D match engine, set-piece creator, and the ability to create unique free kicks and corners. The publisher is seeing 2009 as a serious return to form for the series promising to "raise the bar for consumers...2009 is going to be a big year for us."

The game will also feature a brand new monthly updating system called CM Season Live, something Eidos is calling "the most exciting innovation in football management games since they began." Though, arguably the in-match commentary engine from CM2 with Clive Tyldesley is the most exciting.

While the name is reminiscent of Football Manager Live, the service is actually very different. The update brings the major statistics from 10 leading countries in Europe direct into the game and will boast full updates of 49 major leagues and competitions. No pricing has been announced for the CM Season Live service, but it should launch shortly after the game does in September.

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NewbReview
NewbReview

Surely CM93 was the greatest iteration of the game? Nigel Clough in the hole for Liverpool was today's Ronaldo, Messi and Kaka rolled into one. Just replicated that and your sorted Eidos.

Mac11_Fanboy
Mac11_Fanboy

@HarriersArmy Perhaps they were just layman-ing it for people that don't follow football (soccer.)

Mac11_Fanboy
Mac11_Fanboy

whats the point in monthly updating the stats when you will carry a save game over like 10 seasons and wind up with only generated players? Pointless. My football manager team has like 8 or 9 real players out of 25 after 7 seasons. I like the set-piece additions though, I'm hoping SI implement that into footie manager 2010.

notquitesure
notquitesure

this game could be the next duke nukem :P

TTDog
TTDog

Make them stop.....

simonsworld
simonsworld

improve every aspect please, if you want to even consider getting fans off/away football manager,at the rate this game improveing it gonna be like 2014 before it close to football manager, and thats assumeing that series starts to decay, but i wouldnt bet againest that.

Leunga
Leunga

Who releases a sports related games after the season is over? I have been following the FM series ever since the two developer split, cant see what this game has, to make me wanna follow this instead

HarriersArmy
HarriersArmy

"set-piece creator, and the ability to create unique free kicks and corners." I'm pretty sure you repeated yourself there. Free kicks and corners are set-pieces.

markypants
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It's no secret that the Championship Manager series has been in somewhat of a downward spiral after developers Sports Interactive cut the cord to work on its own game, the now renowned Football Manager. Champ Manager was then left to languish in the hands of current developers Beautiful Game Studios, with the 2008 version receiving less than favourable reviews.

Still, you can't fault Eidos and Beautiful Game Studios' determination to try to get things right, and so they've announced the next version of the game, Championship Manager 2010, which is due out this September. In development for over two years, the game boasts a brand new 3D match engine, set-piece creator, and the ability to create unique free kicks and corners. The publisher is seeing 2009 as a serious return to form for the series promising to "raise the bar for consumers...2009 is going to be a big year for us."

The game will also feature a brand new monthly updating system called CM Season Live, something Eidos is calling "the most exciting innovation in football management games since they began." Though, arguably the in-match commentary engine from CM2 with Clive Tyldesley is the most exciting.

While the name is reminiscent of Football Manager Live, the service is actually very different. The update brings the major statistics from 10 leading countries in Europe direct into the game and will boast full updates of 49 major leagues and competitions. No pricing has been announced for the CM Season Live service, but it should launch shortly after the game does in September.