Ubisoft and Nadeo have announced that ShootMania Storm, the online multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS), has been hit by a delay. Operating as a closed beta test currently, ShootMania Storm will now be released in April 2013. However, starting today the videogame will enter an open beta phase allowing the developers to receive more feedback from the community and ensuring a higher level of polish before the release in April.
Developed by Ubisoft’s Nadeo studio, ShootMania Storm follows the footsteps of TrackMania, Nadeo’s successful arcade racing videogame, to present a new dimension in competitive FPS gaming. As part of the ManiaPlanet system, ShootMania Storm puts players at the centre of their gaming experience. To date, players have created more than fifteen game modes and, already, more than 20,000 maps have been created by players using ManiaPlanet’s proprietary map editor.
“Nadeo’s model of development has always been to be very close to the community,” said Anne Bondel-Jouin, Managing Director of Nadeo Live, “And following the release of the Beta 2 in December, we received a tremendous amount of information from the very active ShootMania community. For a living, online multiplayer title like this the work is never done, but these extra few weeks will allow us to polish the game further and release it to the level of quality we think our players deserve.”
Nadeo and Ubisoft continue in their plan to make ShootMania a major player in international eSports in the years to come, and have already announced their participation to IPL 6 and numerous other online and offline competitions. ShootMania Storm’s pre-order offer has now been extended and will be available until launch on 10th April 2013. Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with all the latest details on ShootMania Storm and other forthcoming titles from Ubisoft.