Many of you have been eagerly awaiting this moment ever since we announced the comeback of Stadium at the Paris Games Week a few month ago, and now the time has come: today, TrackMania² Stadium enters Open Beta !This new Stadium not only comes with a whole new solo campaign and new blocks, but it is now fully integrated into ManiaPlanet, allowing it to benefit from many new tools such as Title Pack creation, custom game modes, 3D object import, all the ManiaPlanet services (Team Manager, Competition Manager, ManiaLink, ManiaPub, etc.), not to forget the new lighting engine, and much more.
Just like for the ShootMania Storm Open Beta, free Open Beta accounts don’t gain any Planets while playing Stadium, their custom car skins aren’t shared on servers, and they do not get the official replays on the 15 tracks currently available in the solo campaign.
To get rid of these limitations, you can pre-order TrackMania² Stadium right away on the shop page and benefit from the 10% discount. By pre-ordering the game, you’ll automatically unlock the official replays for the solo campaign, along with getting rid of any other limitations. The total number of tracks in solo campaign will be 65 at release.
To jump into the Open Beta without waiting, you can download the client here and just log in with your ManiaPlanet account.
And as usual, we leave you with a little video to celebrate all of this:
It’s the big day, the ShootMania beta is now opened to everyone!Talk about it around you: everyone can now download the ShootMania Storm client, create an account without the need of a key, and join the game right away.
The Open Beta give access to most of the game modes (except Heroes, Royal Exp and Elite Exp), servers and maps. Some features will remain limited for the players on free accounts. You can unlock all of the features by pre-ordering the game at a discount on the official website.
We know many of you are eagerly awaiting the official release of ShootMania, and that is why we are sorry to announce that we have decided to postpone this release until the 10th of April 2013, allowing us more time to polish the game and open it to even more players during the beta phase.
We want ShootMania to be a huge success for all of you who believe and support this project since the very beginning, and we want to take the time and resources required to reach this level of success. For this, we have decided to go to the players all over the world, and invite them in a grand open beta phase starting on the 12th of February and lasting up until the release date in April.This extra time, as well as the feedback of even more players, will give us the opportunity to work more on the tweaks and innovative updates in the planning for the game. During this additional time, we will work hard on delivering the best gaming experience to the passionated ShootMania and TrackMania communities.
I would like to particularly thank all the players who support the project since the very first alpha and beta phases, and hope that you will understand this difficult and important decision that we have taken.
More is coming on ManiaPlanet, but first, see you tomorrow on ManiaPlanet for the update to version 2.1 !