Many had written off Eidos’ chances of making a success of the Championship Manager series following the departure of disgruntled developer Sports Interactive and its highly publicised defection to Sega.
However, in what has to rank as one of the most convincing PR campaigns of recent times, Eidos has come out fighting, declaring that the fifth game in the best-selling series will be the best yet, whilst slyly and effectively patronising the efforts of the Football Manager series.
Developer of CM5, Beautiful Game, stated, "Previous versions of Championship Manager have relied on the goodwill of fans to provide information on the players in the game. This time round the developers have taken a more specialised approach, employing the services of the Professional Football System, a long-standing agency who provide information to actual clubs and managers around the world. Established in 1999, the services of the PFS have been utilised by clubs from The Premiership, Serie A and La Liga, including no less than the mighty Real Madrid.”
So essentially, CM5 will use validated information, a first in the series. The PFS takes information from various professionals, who follow strict guidelines in rating players, delivering a more realistic experience, we are told.
Enjoy the new screenshots in the meantime, and we’ll bring you the games from Sports Interactive and Beautiful Game in a head to head contest at some point in the not too distant future.