Ubisoft claims its Trackmania reboot isn’t a sub game – you just pay for access

Specifically, you pay for access multiple times

    
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The community around Trackmania Nations is not terribly keen about the upcoming game’s business model, since it appears to be set up that the base game is free, but the track editor and the like (a major feature of the series) will require a subscription. But wait! A new Ubisoft post on fan site Maniaplanet has clarified that it’s not a subscription service after all. You just have to pay for access, and then you get access for a while, and then when you stop paying you don’t have access any more.

This is apparently different from a subscription in some fashion.

Needless to say, this description of how a service which describes exactly how a subscription works while claiming it’s not really a subscription did little to mollify fans, most of whom are still rather annoyed at… well, the business model described above. You may note that similar attempts at describing a subscription as “not a subscription” have been tried before, notably with Bless Online back in 2018. There’s not much time left for the model to be substantially changed, as the game releases on July 1st, but it should be clear that calling a subscription “paying for access for a limited time” doesn’t really fix it.

Source: Maniaplanet via PC Gamer; thanks to TJ for the tip!
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memitim

“As for why a Ubisoft rep said that the new Trackmania doesn’t use a subscription model, Castelnerac said, “It was an answer [written] by someone of the studio to another player question in the 14th page of forum on a given minute of the day. Welcome to the internet.”

Wow…just….wow.

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EmberStar

“We’re going to tell our customers that it’s not a subscription, even though everything about it is the literal definition of a description.”

“Do you really think our customers are that stupid?”

“They’re still *our* customers, aren’t they?”

“You win.”

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Sleepy

It’s literally a Dilbert cartoon.

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A new Ubisoft post on fan site Maniaplanet has clarified that it’s not a subscription service after all.

Maniaplanet is the name of official game launcher/store for Nadeo Ubisoft’s “Mania” games and maniaplanet.com and its forums are indeed the official website/forum of the game(s).

Very understandable for that to not be clear because Nadeo has historically been really terrible at making the website and launcher simple to understand for people who just want to play their dang games.

For a game series with such a simple idea and low barrier to entry for the basic gameplay/controls Nadeo seems to have been sabotaging the games’ success since the release of the first Trackmania 2 tileset.

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Strykerx88

Sounds like they’re learning from the POTUS.

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Natalyia

We’ve noticed some confusion around the fact that our totally free model does include a fee. You’re free to pay the fee, or not to pay the fee. But if you freely choose not to pay the fee, you’ll temporarily lose access to playing the free game until you freely choose to pay the fee.

The key takeaway here is that the game’s free – we hope this has cleared up any confusion around the optional fee based free business model we’ve chosen for our game, and we hope to see you online!

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Bruno Brito

Free fee

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David Blair

“Go Greed Lightning you’re burnin’ up the quarter track…Greed Lightning, go Greed Lightning…”

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McGuffn

The kicker would be if the subscription payment auto-renews.

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cursedseishi

I can’t wait for when Ubisoft finally announces the final release date for Watch Dogs: Legion, along with announcing its move to being a free to play title and won’t cost anything to play it or its DLC…

Only to tell people it’s free to play on release day, but first you have to buy the game for $60 minimum, as well as the season passes for the DLC.

Because that would be stupid. Just like this definition for Trackmania’s subscription. Or, as they put it, ‘you have to buy the game again to access it for one period of time’.

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David Blair

I talked to marketing and they don’t like the word “buy”. Can you change it to something like, “register the game for 60” or “enable this free game for 60.00″…

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cursedseishi

Huh… how about “Singular Transaction to obtain the physical/digital license of goods for an undefined period”?

Or… maybe “Initial Fee for long-term singular access of a base package and exclusive access to further recurrent transactions”?

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Zero_1_Zerum

Well, I liked the Trackmania games that’re out, but won’t be playing the new game.

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Ironwu

Here’s an idea if you don’t want companies to do this sort of shady stuff . . .

STOP GIVING THEM MONEY!