We’re not going to lie — some of our favorite games are purely multiplayer shooters.

Going back all the way to Quake 3 Arena (which Matt helped ship) through onto Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004 (which Matt shipped) and even more modern day games like Left 4 Dead (which Matt wished he shipped). 

There’s something about pure FPS competition and keeping it simple and balanced — those games became about skill, speed and strategy.  You had to know the map, you had to know how to play and you had to know how to move.

I mean, we’re big fans.  We still have screengrabs of victories from those games stored on our hard drives.  Ya… sad.

So along comes ShootMania Storm, and suddenly we’re reminded of the good old days.  Fast, twitch gameplay where players are better than another because of their learned ability, not some ridiculous level grinding system and remote control cars.  Where the controls welcome in the n00bs who feel as comfortable as the pros jumping into matches.

But, we blather.  The bottom line here is the Ubisoft and Nadeo have released ShootMania Storm and we’re going to lose a heck of a lot of time to it.  And as always, if you can find PR_Flak or Groksmith online, than by all means frag away and make fun of them.

Just don’t be too mean — remember, we’re old.



Title Revives Glory Days Where Skill and Strategy Dominated Fast-Paced Multiplayer Competition

SAN FRANCISCO – April 10, 2013 – Ubisoft® and Nadeo have released ShootMania Storm, an online multiplayer first person action game built from the ground-up for fast-paced competition and endless variation via intuitive content creation tools for users.  ShootMania Storm is now available for personal computer via the game’s official web site and the Steam digital distribution service for $19.99.

ShootMania Storm delivers on two fronts: incredible, fast-paced competition for newcomers and pros alike as well as easy-to-use creator tools that empower users with the ability to imagine, design and build their own worlds,” said Joshua Milligan, Senior Director, Online Strategy, Ubisoft.  “ShootMania Storm revives the pure, skill-based competitive gameplay that help give birth to professional gaming as it is known today.  And with its familiar controls and balanced playing field, anyone at any level can jump in, have fun and instantly compete against the best in the world.”

The release of the game follows a wildly successful open beta period in which hundreds of thousands of players from around the world competed for global domination on the game’s ladder ranking system.  In addition, players took advantage of the intuitive game editing tools, creating more than 35,000 custom maps and dozens of unique modes.

To celebrate the global launch, Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio and the ShootMania community are hosting “ShootMania 4 All,” a worldwide launch party bringing together ShootMania Storm’s first players.  North American fans will be able to join “ShootMania 4 All” servers to connect with Launch Party online.  For more information players should visit http://www.maniaplanet.com/shootmania4all.

About ShootMania Storm

Developed by Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio, ShootMania Storm is a fast-paced, multiplayer first-person shooter designed from the ground up for online and eSports competition.  With multiple game modes and diverse play styles, ShootMania Storm is an innovative twist on familiar multiplayer gameplay that focuses on skill, speed and strategy.

The game also offers stout community support and interaction, connecting players from around the world with ladder rankings, friend-finding, community events, tournaments and more.  The game’s easy-to-use drag-and-drop editing tool is a revelation for amateur game designers, providing an avenue for world-building and design as well as immediate feedback from the people who know best — the 600,000-strong ManiaPlanet community.

ShootMania Storm is now available for personal computer via the game’s official web site and Valve’s Steam distribution service.  For more information, players should visit www.ShootMania.com or the Steam Store page at http://store.steampowered.com/app/229870/.

ShootMania Storm is part of the ManiaPlanet system and follows in the footsteps of TrackMania, Nadeo’s successful arcade racing game.  ManiaPlanet is a flexible and robust development, gaming and community platform that pushes cutting-edge graphics, enables limitless game types, and encourages incredible community participation and user-made content.

About Ubisoft:

Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 26 countries and has sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. For the 2011-12 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,061 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com.

About ShootMania Storm:

ShootMania is the second offering from ManiaPlanet, following the successful launch of Trackmania² in 2011. With this new game, Nadeo aims at bringing to the FPS genre what made TrackMania such a phenomenon: a unique competitive spirit and sense of fun, supported by the great community platform ManiaPlanet. More information on ManiaPlanet can be found here: http://www.maniaplanet.com

About Nadeo:

Founded in 2000 and based in Paris, France, Nadeo is the acclaimed developer of the TrackMania series, gathering over 16 million players from all over the world. With the ManiaPlanet initiative, Nadeo aims at providing the best possible support to its growing community of gamers whether they come for racing with TrackMania², competitive FPS with ShootMania, or RPG with QuestMania, providing all with a unique sense of fun and competition, as well as great tools for user-generated content. More information can be found here: http://www.nadeo.com

© 2012 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Ubisoft, Ubi.com and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Nadeo, ManiaPlanet, ShootMania logos are trademarks of Nadeo in the US and/or other countries. Nadeo is a Ubisoft Entertainment company.


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