Publisher Eidos announced that Championship Manager 2009 was to be delayed, and so it was, in fact for so long that it evolved football seasons.
Now this new fit breed of Championship Manager, dubbed 2010, will be ready in time for the new season of booting balls around fields. It's got an "innovation" called CM Season Live.
But don't take my humble journalistic wordsmithery for it, read the official Eidos decree below. Championship Manager 2010 is being developed by Beautiful Game Studios.
Championship Manager 2010 features a host of unique, cutting-edge technology including a bespoke 3D match engine with over 500 individual player animations, a Set-piece creator giving users the chance to create their own unique free kicks and corners, Scouting Networks allowing users to set-up local networks in countries around the world and grow local player knowledge and Practice matches helping users select their perfect team or trial new players.
Championship Manager 2010 will also feature real player data and information for the 2009/10 football season in a completely new gameplay innovation called CM Season Live.
In what is a first for football management games, CM Season Live is an additional monthly update that lets players download the real-world 09/10 football season data, at that point in time, and then take charge of their chosen club.
All of the scores, competition standings, player transfers, player stats, bookings, major injuries etc. from the ten leading countries in Europe, downloaded directly on a monthly basis throughout the season - full updates of 49 major leagues and competitions. CM Season Live starts on October 15th and is available at monthly intervals for 6 months.