Ubisoft has over 9,000 employees. Possibly becoming the world’s largest gaming company

InSynch is a gorgeous stop-motion animated music game out on 24 April

Let's talk about Thief's anti-open world

Shootmania Storm and Trackmania 2: Stadium coming to Steam

Nadeo’s ManiaPlanet titles are on the verge of a Steam release, the good people at Steam Apps Database have discovered. Standing stage right before the curtain's hitched up are minimalist multiplayer FPS number Shootmania Storm and the free to play component of racing sequel Trackmania 2, Stadium.

Update: Official word from Ubisoft is that Trackmania 2: Canyon is now available to buy on Steam, while the open betas for both Shootmania Storm and Trackmania 2: Stadium can now be accessed via Valve's platform.

Both ShootMania Storm and TrackMania 2: Stadium are available to pre-order with a 10% discount while their respective betas are ongoing. What's more, say Nadeo, if you're a previous buyer of either Shootmania Storm or Trackmania 2: Canyon you'll be able to redeem your key on Steam.

Entries for both games popped up in Steam’s database in the last 24 hours. Until now, both series have lived exclusively on Nadeo’s custom-built ManiaPlanet platform.

Steam integration is good for ManiaPlanet's existing community, say Nadeo, because bigger reach equals more user-made madness.

“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 in the world,” said Nadeo publishing director Anne Blondel-Jouin in a statement. “As a matter of fact, it is key to us that as many players as possible join the actual growing community so that everybody gets maximum fun with the game.”

“Through Steam, we’ll make "competition for everyone" a dream come true for more gamers and map-and-mod makers who all create the user-generated content and activity that make ShootMania Storm so attractive and innovative on the FPS PC competitive field,” she added.

Trackmania 2: Stadium will reintroduce Trackmania Nations’ much-loved Stadium environment as the centrepiece of its free to play version. It will be one of two expansions (or ‘environments’) released for the game early this year, alongside the upcoming Trackmania 2: Valley.

A PC beta for Shootmania Storm has been underway since February 12th and will keep on burning ‘til the game’s launch. The eSports contender had originally been gunning for a January release date, but has since been delayed until April 10th.

Have you been engaging in Trackmania’s HotWheelian antics over the past half decade? What might a Steam release mean for the series’ dedicated (and very active) community?

Login or Register
Anakhoresis's picture

While I think it's neat that they've finally put these on Steam, I was totally ready to buy TrackMania 2: Canyons until I found out it wasn't on Steam. Now I'm not really that excited to plop down full price on it. But we'll see.

Thanks for the heads up on the open beta, too! I had no idea!


Tis about time Trackmania got to more people...


The perfect storm: designing Shootmania, and beyond

Insane TrackMania map spins in loops, not a crash in sight

TrackMania 2: Stadium is out now, will all drivers please ready their engines.

Shootmania ‘Royal Feast’ competition comes with prizes supplied by Ubisoft and Beyond Gaming

New ShootMania update to include Arrow weapon, bow apparently not included.

Shootmania launches open beta and release date set for 10 April


Shootmania: Storm launches with a new trailer; binaries and fatalities abound

News Corp sell IGN to former 1UP publishers Ziff

Shootmania release date slips to April

IPL6 comes to Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan in March

ShootMania Storm's biggest patch ever adds grappling hooks and sliding

Shootmania Beta 2 will open December 19, in the meantime: dubstep


Shootmania Storm beta impressions: I absolutely love it

IPL5 Interview: TotalBiscuit on Axiom, Shootmania, and the state of pro StarCraft 2

Where the action is: IPL 5, David Ting, and the battle to be the eSports' best

IPL5: Don't forget Shootmania

E-Sports World Cup 2012 champions crowned in Paris

Nadeo: racing games don't make good esports because of the "loneliness when you practice"

The week in PC gaming: 29th October / 4th November

TrackMania 2 expands its portfolio with Stadium

Hands on with the latest version of Shootmania: Storm

David Ting and IGN Pro League's search for the future of eSports

ShootMania Storm headed to Vegas for IPL 5, bringing a $100,000 prize pool