The incredibly popular football (read: soccer) video game franchise Championship Manager
is about ready to take the jump into MMO-space -- and Square Enix
will be there to hold its hand all the way.
The studio announced today
that it will be publishing Championship Manager: World of Football
, a free-to-play browser-based title for sports fanatics. Developed by Beautiful Game Studios
and Shanda Games
, Championship Manager
will initially launch in China with a possible international release later down the road. A beta for the title is to be announced shortly.
This is a further indication of the shape of the partnership between Square Enix and Shanda Games, which we reported on last year
. The Championship Manager
franchise dates back to 1992, with recent versions created by Beautiful Game Studios.