European PC owners can look forward to getting their hands on the game on March 18th, ahead of the international release date of April 1st. PlayStation 2 and Xbox owners will have to wait until an unspecified date later this spring.
“We’ve responded to consumer demands and delivered a simulation with the realism and detail loved of Championship Manager, yet made it much faster and more accessible,” commented John Webb, brand director at Eidos.
For those who can’t wait, Championship Manager Online has already been launched as a standalone massively multiplayer online football management simulation, playable through subscription at www.cm-online.com.
Championship Manager 5 was originally scheduled for release in October of last year but suffered delays, with Eidos originally stating it was working towards a Christmas 2004 release.
Former Championship Manager developer Sports Interactive released its soccer simulation Football Manager 2005 last November through publisher Sega, to critical and commercial success.