SAN FRANCISCO — February 27, 2013 — Today, Ubisoft® and Nadeo announced that ManiaPlanet® games and services, including the upcoming multiplayer first-person action game ShootMania® Storm, will be accessible via Valve’s Steam service. TrackMania² Stadium, the racing game phenomenon with more than 11 million registered users, will also its debut on Steam. Both ShootMania Storm and TrackMania2 Stadium open betas can now be accessed via Steam. Steam users can also download the full TrackMania2 Canyon game via Valve’s platform.
ShootMania Storm is currently in open beta, inviting gamers of all levels from around the world to have a try at the fast-paced competitive slugfest. The open beta will allow Nadeo to fine-tune and refine the experience based feedback of the open beta players, as well as to test servers and introduce additional features. Several updates are already planned during the open beta period before ShootMania Storm releases on April 10.
“This partnership with Steam’s worldwide publishing platform allows us to introduce ShootMania Storm and all of the ManiaPlanet games and services to an even wider audience of PC gamers around the world. As a matter of fact, it is key to us that as many players as possible join the growing community so that everybody gets maximum fun with the game.”
“Through Steam, we’ll make "competition for everyone" a dream come true for even more gamers as well as amateur map-and-mod makers who create the user-generated content and activity that make ShootMania Storm so unique amongst shooters.” "I want to take the opportunity to thank whole-heartedly the players who have already joined ShootMania Storm and to welcome warmly the new comers -- we're looking forward to seeing all of them on the servers,” said Anne Blondel-Jouin, Nadeo Publishing Managing Director.
Both ShootMania Storm and TrackMania² Stadium are now available to pre-order on Steam with a 10 percent discount until release, as well as on the official website of the ManiaPlanet platform: ManiaPlanet.com. The games can also be downloaded and played right away in their Open Beta versions on http://www.ManiaPlanet.com/download.
Developed by Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio, ShootMania Storm is a fast-paced multiplayer first-person action game designed from the ground up for online and eSports competition. With multiple game modes and diverse play styles,ShootMania Storm is an innovative twist on familiar multiplayer gameplay that focuses on skill, speed and strategy. The game also offers stout community support and interaction, with an easy-to-use mapmaker and sharing elements that, to date, have produced more than 15 player-made game modes, as well as more than 20,000 player-made maps.
ShootMania Storm, TrackMania² Stadium and TrackMania² Canyon are part of the ManiaPlanet system and follow in the footsteps of TrackMania™, Nadeo’s successful arcade racing game. ManiaPlanet is a flexible and robust gaming and community platform that pushes cutting-edge graphics, enables limitless game types and encourages incredible community participation and user-made content.
About ShootMania Storm
ShootMania is the second offering from ManiaPlanet, following the successful launch of TrackMania² in 2011. With this new game, Nadeo aims at bringing to the FPS genre what made TrackMania such a phenomenon: a unique competitive spirit and sense of fun, supported by the great community platform ManiaPlanet. More information on ManiaPlanet can be found here: www.maniaplanet.com.
About TrackMania² Stadium
TrackMania² Stadium is the comeback of the « Stadium » environment enjoyed by millions of players with TrackMania Nations Forever, this time as part of the ManiaPlanet environment allowing for improved services around the game, better graphics and powerful track editor.
TrackMania² Stadium is a whacky, crazy and fast paced take on the racer genre. Easy to get in thanks to a very pure gameplay, Stadium's depth made it an eSports favorite for years, and brings the creative gamers to the mix thanks to its extensive level editor.
Founded in 2000 and based in Paris, France, Nadeo is the acclaimed developer of the TrackMania series, gathering over 16 million players from all over the world. With the ManiaPlanet initiative, Nadeo aims at providing the best possible support to its growing community of gamers whether they come for racing with TrackMania², competitive FPS with ShootMania, or RPG with QuestMania, providing all with a unique sense of fun and competition, as well as great tools for user-generated content. More information can be found here: www.nadeo.com.
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