ManiaPlanet Impressions

Ubisoft announces an all-encompassing creation platform at its E3 2010 press conference.

User-powered games are all the rage now, as we've seen with such empowering games as ModNation Racers, Little Big Planet, and Spore. TrackMania has also been a bastion of content created and driven by its user base. According to Ubisoft, over the last seven years, more than 10 million people have signed up to take advantage of that popular PC racing game and its iterations, which makes it the most played racer on the platform. And as Ubi showed us from the stage of its E3 2010 press conference, the brand is expanding into an entire game-creation, game-sharing platform.

This platform is called ManiaPlanet, and it will apparently allow users to create and share content they create in three genres: racing, shooter, and role playing. (These branches will be called, respectively, TrackMania, ShootMania, and QuestMania.) We didn't get to see this platform in action, but the trailer voice-over summed it up thusly: "One place: real games for real gamers." Whether you want to create an role-playing game, a shooter, or a racer, ManiaPlanet will give you the tools to see your imagination come to life. You will use a single map editor for creation purposes and form single-player, multiplayer, and cooperative scenarios. While it's too bad we didn't get to see this product in action, the trailer ended with some important dates imaginative players might want to keep in mind. The TrackMania beta will start in the fourth quarter of 2010; ShootMania beta arrives in 2011; while QuestMania is simply "coming soon."

The trailer was short, so we know little else of this intriguing gaming/creation platform. We'll bring you more on ManiaPlanet and its associated tools as information becomes available.

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14 comments
gabrielwoj
gabrielwoj

Nadeo had did much different sites to download "user-content" things to trackmania... Also... I always love trackmania, the 2 surprised me when appeared on an French Game show... Good lucky with this...!

hemoleech
hemoleech

If these are user-created content games, then theoretically that means you can adjust your own difficulty for the game you set, yes? You could make the game seem as hardcore as you want.

TerrorRizzing
TerrorRizzing

@ Timbydude the really is no argument that console gaming is hardcore, there's a reason pc gamers get upset that games gone multiplat are "consolized"/casualized.

Timbydude
Timbydude

@TerrorRizzing I'm assuming you have a cogent, well-thought out argument to support your claim?

TerrorRizzing
TerrorRizzing

"free2gamme Posted Jun 16, 2010 12:35 am GMT -12 I am not a big fan of ubisoft anymore, in a article someone from that company said that casual Games are the future and that HardCore gamers are extinct and that we don't matter anymore, And he said how he wanted to get rid of the Hardcore Gamer and Ubisoft backed him up on that statement. We made Ubisoft now they are turning their backs on the Hardcore base just to capture the Wii crowd, Notice how all their Games are being Dumbed down to appeal to the Wii crowd, Look at Splinter Cell Conviction it is way watered down." so funny that a console gamer would say this, gaming on 360 or ps3 is not hardcore gaming. console gaming is casual gaming, no matter how much you play.

free2gamme
free2gamme

I am not a big fan of ubisoft anymore, in a article someone from that company said that casual Games are the future and that HardCore gamers are extinct and that we don't matter anymore, And he said how he wanted to get rid of the Hardcore Gamer and Ubisoft backed him up on that statement. We made Ubisoft now they are turning their backs on the Hardcore base just to capture the Wii crowd, Notice how all their Games are being Dumbed down to appeal to the Wii crowd, Look at Splinter Cell Conviction it is way watered down.

jumpy46
jumpy46

I hope that this has better physics than the earlier Trackmania titles. I sometimes play the free one off of Steam, and one of my only complaints about the game is that cars can pass through other cars instead of bumping into them. As a huge fan of LBP and user created content games in general, I will be keeping an eye on this. But if what I heard about LBP 2 is correct, I should be able to do all these thing and more on it.

Axelander999
Axelander999

Hmm... ManiaPLANET and LittleBigPLANET... Both with user-created content.... No connection whatsoever

windebieste
windebieste

Player created content is cool. Too bad we can't customise the DRM on Ubisoft games

ic4ruz
ic4ruz

This so awesome!

johncraven
johncraven

trackmania is one of my fav games, this is awesoem

hemoleech
hemoleech

Awesome, I was just getting into RPG Maker XP, so I hope QuestMania can top it!

Vamp14
Vamp14

sounds great i loved the trackmania games they know how to deliver whats important to the community

maxguevera
maxguevera

Love it, so we're paying now to create our own games? Really like the idea of customising my character, but would rather the developer create the world.