Trackmania, available on PC for over two years, will retain its free-to-play status with cross-play and cross-progression modifications.
Trackmania has been available on PC since July 1, 2020. Still, Ubisoft and Nadeo, the company behind the franchise, announced during Ubisoft Forward that free-to-play racing will become multiplatform by shortly becoming available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, as well as the two cloud services, the now neglected Google Stada and Amazon Luna. It will be cross-play (so you can compete against any platform), and cross-progression means you can play anywhere without having to start over.
According to Ubisoft’s overview, “Trackmania, the racing franchise from Ubisoft Nadeo, is back with the most compelling remake of Trackmania Nations. Starter access: enjoy a fun racing experience for free with regularly updated content and collectable rewards. No AI, real players’ ghosts: even solo, race against other players’ ghosts close to your level to help you improve progressively, at your own pace. Regularly updated content: 25 official tracks, updated every three months and playable solo, online and locally, to practice your racing skills. Progression: you can either play by yourself and enjoy the drive or collect medals and assess your skills with regional and international rankings.”
Trackmania is scheduled for release in early 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stada and Amazon Luna. We wonder: why Ubisoft isn’t counting on the Nintendo Switch if they’re making a Switch-exclusive game (Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope) with Nintendo IP? The logic of the French publisher is incomprehensible since they are pushing Alphabet’s (Google) and Amazon’s cloud service but neglecting the most successful console in recent years (because by the end of the year, the Nintendo Switch is almost sure to overtake the PlayStation 4 in overall sales). They can play the 280K+ user-generated tracks, too.