Parisian developer Nadeo, creators of the incredible arcade racing series Trackmania, have finally been picked up by a publisher! Ubisoft announced earlier this week that they had fully acquired the company, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot described the move as “an important step in our expansion within the online gaming sector.” Guillemot failed to comment on how the acquisition will affect their position within the TOTALLY FUCKING RAD sector.
This announcement coming so soon after the debut of Trackmania 2 at Festival du Jeu Vidéo 2009 is probably not the world’s biggest coincidence. Less clear, though, is what changes fans should expect. Personally, I’m hoping for the PSN/XBLA version of Trackmania that should probably have happened years ago. In the past, Ubi has been pretty respectful of the downloadable sector (there’s that word again), and it’s hard for me to imagine something more exciting than an $10 Trackmania experience with leaderboards and level sharing that can be played from the comfort of your couch.
What does this acquisition mean to you? Wait, have you ever played Trackmania before? If not, what is wrong with you? Less us know in the comments!