Trackmania 2 Canyon is now on Steam and along with it comes Trackmania 2 Stadium, setting in motion the dream of linking these games together and being able to play the two together, having a race on Canyon and having the next course be a Stadium one, giving the game even more variety and craziness in track design.
The only problem I have is that THAT’S NOT HOW THE GOD DAMN THING WORKS AT ALL!
If I want to play Stadium, I have to back all the way to the front end of Canyon and hit the Stadium button, which in turn will launch a separate executable (Internal Muse: WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!?!) and I can join servers there, who are exclusively playing Stadium maps. Way to live the dream Nadeo....
Now this is problematic enough but that’s still not enough of a farce over in France, not by a long shot. Stadium isn’t an expansion, it’s a stand-alone title that doesn’t require Canyon to play.
The problem is, Stadium is half the price of Canyon....
Whilst that doesn’t sound so bad at first, what it’s essentially doing is killing Canyon. The only competitor on the market to Trackmania 2 Stadium is Trackmania 2 Canyon, so Ubisoft/Nadeo/Whoever the hell makes the decisions have priced themselves out the market; subjecting Trackmania 2 to the same fate that the original suffered.
People are only going to play Stadium because why would you pay double for essentially the same thing?
It’s bizarre to me that Stadium isn’t just a $5 expansion. Having it as a stand-alone sounds great on paper and may be a feel good move but all it’s done is split the community and sealed the fate for Canyon and whoever is stupid enough to buy it.
@Jeff sums up everything perfectly with these few tweets:
All the ManiaPlanet stuff on Steam is actually _worse_ than the old setup. Same basic idea, but now it has to relaunch to change games?
If that's how they're going to do it, then why even show the multigame launcher to begin with? It's crazy. Crazy!
Frustrated by that weirdo front-end, but the part where it's TrackMania is still pretty rad.
What are your guys thoughts on all this?