I have nothing to reveal at the moment, we are working on it, but I wished to talk to you a little about what is happening at the moment. So, here is a little hello to the big Maniaplanet.
Thanks to the recent releases of the open betas and Steam, we have quickly reached half a million registrations on Maniaplanet. So, we are really happy to see that all three current titles are now live with much more players online. And I am quite satisfied for the players who waited this start to happen. Some players are there since years and just wish to see a lot of activities around.
But now, we will have to make this even bigger. We want to communicate a lot on the game, we want to improve it and we hope to see players create crazy cool stuff for it as well. The more there are players, the more Maniaplanet becomes interesting.
As examples, and for people who missed it, here are two examples of videos made by players about new Trackmania² Canyon blockshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPcocVVDgjEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_guyeVl9xdM
For Trackmania² Stadium, there are still things to be defined for the release, like the free content. We have to find the right balance between free and paying parts. Like some of you were aware, the former ones where supported by advertising or selling of United. We believe in the added value of Maniaplanet and that we can find a right balance between a free Stadium and a paying Stadium, as simple as that and with a price that is efficient for you and for us, thanks to online distribution.
For ShootMania Storm, new features are being done at the moment. From experts to wide audience, we look to make it played everywhere and for everyone. We have a big things to do, and I wish we will be able to do them all. First one is about finishing matchmaking and team ranking systems. It is the most expert one. But we will also work on upcoming features for the players who will come in Shootmania for other reasons than competition.
Some people say that Trackmania is a racing game instead of a car game, and I think that Shootmania is a FPS instead of a gun game. It widens the target audience, our ability to make gameplay decisions and the options to open to user generated content.
While we wait of the upcoming cool stuff, let's do the party and go crazy. So, I would like to invite some map makers to make crazy and simple maps. If you do, name the server here and we will have some good time online!
Here is an example of my own "work" (5 minutes to do ^_^)http://files.maniaplanet.com/maps/Alaco ... 04.Map.Gbx
Do not blame me too much, you know A08 concept is one of the oldest internally, back to 2003. Some people name these maps, the LOL maps. LOL is very popular, and so should Trackmania and Shootmania.
There is no prize for the best LOL maps, but the ability to be recognized as the most crazy creators with 0/10 awards
See you online and have fun