Depending on the country you live in, you might probably be freezing or snow might be falling by now, but what is true for everyone is that Winter and specifically Christmas is coming!
As we love the Chrismas spirit, we thought it would be awesome to have you guys win swag and ShootMania keys. Yes, a full ShootMania key my friends!
As such we have organized a Christmas event! To participate, you need to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (if you’re in Europe) or email@example.com (if you’re in North America/Australia) with the title “Christmas Contest 2012 – *your nickname*” with any content related to ManiaPlanet and Christmas. You can use everything you want (screens, pictures, photos, videos, texts, memes, etc…), you can only send one email but you can insert maximum 20 submissions in it.
With your participation, please indicate your last name, first name, full address, phone number (to send you the package).
The contest begins today and will be over on Thursday December 27th at 11.59pm. A winner in each region will be selected shortly after the end of the contest and will receive one of the 3 swag package we have prepared for you and a full ShootMania key (which give access to the beta and release version)! Your participation may be also shown on the blog/Youtube/social networks!
You can find the full rules and list of prizing on the forums for the NCSA contest: http://forum.maniaplanet.com/viewtopic.php?f=458&t=15130&p=133024#p133024
Thanks everyone to be a part of the ManiaPlanet adventure and have a nice holiday!
Great news today, ShootMania Beta 2 is available!
After several months of intense work, we’re proud to release this new patch, the biggest since the launch of the Beta, which brings lots of new features inside ManiaPlanet and also in ShootMania.
Here are the major changes:
Partial revamp of the ManiaPlanet user interface (3D Menus, removal of the ManiaHome tablet)
Integration of a real time messaging system for friends
Addition of a team creation & official competitions system
Addition of a tournament system
TwitchTV integration (in Beta). To use it just open the ingame options -> “Broadcast” and fill in your TwitchTV credentials. Please note that this feature is in Beta, Your framerate may drop and you can experience a freeze at the disconnection.
There is also lots of changes on ShootMania Storm:
60 new blocks including Castle, Wood, Aerial Power Path and Grappling Hook blocks.
Grappling hook: it allows you to hook up on hook block and balance yourself in the air. To do it you must aim the hook block and right-click to activate it. You can’t use it from a Power Path but you can’t fire while hanging from the hook block.
Charge Shot: it’s an alternative fire mode of the Rocket Launcher which allows you to fire bouncing rockets (which bounce on any block type). To shot a bouncing rocket, you must stay still at least 6 seconds to load the Charge Shot. A Charge Shot bounces maximum twice.
Slide: only possible on the wooden blocks, it’s an action which allow you to gain more speed with right-click. If you release the button, you’ll jump.
New moves (like the WallJump, the progressive jump and lasers denying rockets)
Addition of a matchmaking system for 1vs1 (Joust mode only)
The Royal game mode is available as a Title Pack.
Addition of a Title Pack “Royal Exp” which will be used to test the next evolutions of the Royal game mode
The Title Pack “Elite Exp” will use the former gameplay for the current competitions
Of course many more changes have been made as well as bug fixes.
As you may have noticed above, a tournament and competition system is now in ManiaPlanet (in Beta). Thanks to this system, you’ll be able to easily create a competition with several parameters (competition open or on invitations, maps used, the rules, the number of teams, the area of the competition, etc… For more information about the competition system, please read this link.
Finally, let’s take a sneak peak on what’s coming up on ManiaPlanet before the ShootMania Storm release:
An Inter-ladder structure and simplified server level types (White / Green / Blue / Red and Black)
Simplified transactions to convert & purchase with your economical points directly
Improving the matchmaking system (the current one and open it for custom tools as well as doing X vs X)
Lan mode for ShootMania Storm and Lan mode back for TrackMania² Canyon
Several optimizations, polish and much more (new features for example)
ManiaPlanet & ShootMania are getting better and we hope you’ll like the new changes. If you want to read the full changelog, please go to the forums.
Have fun and see you soon!
Come watch the Curse FPSGeneral tournament stream this week!
Players will compete in Elite mode, best of 3, on the following maps: paladin, swift, collided, castle crasher, thecastle, watch your back, solar flare.
The tournament is a Double elimination system and Prizes are a $5000 prize pool for players and some Steelseries prizes for viewers.
Check out the list of celebs that will be casting this tournament:
David “Dignitas Zaccubus” Treacy
Ziggy “Dignitas nVc” Orzeszek
Jonathan “JonniTheJuicyJ” Gil
JD “w1nters” Burns
Adam “indredd” Dandar
You can find all the info you need about the event here.
You can watch the STREAM here.
The upcoming streams are:
12-19 – Start time: 18:00 EST
12-21 – Start time: 20:00 EST
12-22 – Start time: 20:00 EST
See you then on Stream!
Good news for all our German players because ShootMania will be at NorthCon this weekend!
It’s the first Monday of the month and summer has begun… that’s if you live in New Zealand! Time for New Zealand to get a car skin more intimidating than the Haka.We don’t change a working recipe, you’ll find a stickers pack and the calendar for December. All for free at the ManiaPlanet Store.
See you soon… with more information about the Beta 2 release!