Although a lot of gamers wanted Trackmania 2 to be free-to-play, Edouard Beauchemin revealed that it won’t as there is already a free-to-play Trackmania game out there. Instead, the game will cost you 20 euros and you won’t have to pay for anything else. It will be – as Edouard Beauchemin described it – a “Free to Stay” game.
During Ubisoft’s Summer Showcase, PC Gamer interviewed Nadeo’s international project manager who revealed the game’s price and the company’s philosophy. According to Edouard:
“Free to play is so fashionable at the moment. People come up to us and are like ‘Make Trackmania 2: Canyon’s free to play’ and we’re like ‘No – Trackmania Nations. That’s completely free-to-play. You don’t have to pay at any time. And we’re still looking at 700,000 different people playing the game each month.
We prefer to call Trackmania 2: Canyons “Free to Stay. You pay at the entrance and then you stay for as many years as you want. Unlimited content you can download for free from anywhere. You only have the in-game currency that you exchange with your friends through the in-game economy.
The spirit is good because you’re not saying “Oh! That person stole my item that I paid one Euro for. Give it back!” It’s fun. It’s a game. You pay 20 Euro and you enjoy it.”
Trackmania 2: Canyons is slated for release later this Summer exclusively on the PC!