The budget release, complete with Platinum packaging, will be available for the bargain price of only 19.99 Euro (Platinum releases usually retail for £19.99 in the UK). Since its release back in October 2005, Pro Evolution Soccer 5 has sold over a million copies and has never left the top 20 of the UK all formats chart. The budget reissue happens to be appearing in stores on April 27, one day prior to the release of EA's 2006 FIFA World Cup. Coincidence or not, a cheap PES5 may well steal some sales from the EA title.

"As football fans gear up for a fantastic summer of football, we are delighted to be reissuing the definitive football title at a new, low price," commented Martin Schneider, European Marketing and PR Director for Konami Digital Entertainment. "Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is rightly seen as the most realistic football title around, and with the advent of online play in this version we have seen the series' popularity continue to rise. With its new price point, we anticipate fans catching football fever will turn to Pro Evolution Soccer 5 to satiate their need for more of the beautiful game."

If Pro Evolution Soccer 5 is going Platinum then I guess that means we can expect to see Pro Evolution Soccer 6 pretty shortly. Winning Eleven 10, the game on which Pro Evolution Soccer will be based, goes on sale in Japan on April 27, and we usually have to wait a few months for the game to transform into Pro Evolution Soccer. Here's hoping for a summer release to capitalise on World Cup fever.