Trackmania, formerly known as Trackmania Nations, will be releasing on July 1st for PC via the Epic Games Store and Uplay. The title will be free to play and offer 25 tracks along with access to user-created content. Of course, there’s a catch to how the monetization works.
The development team has revealed various subscription options for those who want more access. For $10 per year, you can access the various track, skin and replay editors available (free to players will only be able to test them out). Daily competitions, “Track of the Day” and access to all tracks will also be available instead of rotating quarterly.
Then there’s Club Access for $30 per year ($60 for three years) which allows participating in the Open Grand League and ultimately the Trackmania Grand League. Players will be able to join clubs for “exclusive content and activities such as skin customization, special campaigns, online rooms, training tracks and competitions” as per the developer. You can expect access to everything in the $10 tier as well.
Of course, time will tell how players will react to having to pay yearly for access to the track editor, never mind all the “official tracks”. Trackmania includes a season campaign to play through so there will likely be enough content to satiate free to play customers. Stay tuned for more details in the meantime.