Ubisoft has announced an unusual pricing scheme for the upcoming Trackmania Nations racing reload: the base game will be free, but full access to the track editor (which is the main fun) costs $ 10 a year.
Such a monetization policy was not to the liking of so many gamers.
The full “Access to the club”, which includes entrance to special racing leagues, exclusive skins and the like, is $ 30 per year.
Gamers who were looking forward to this game exploded in indignation. Trackmania fans on a Reddit website thread said they would rather pay the full price to get the game forever, rather than pay every year.
In response to complaints, Ubisoft posted a message on the forums that further infuriated angry players:
This is actually not a subscription model, but access to the game for a limited time. You pay for access to the game for one period and that’s it. When the time is up, you must buy the game again in order to access it again.
As our PC-Gamer colleagues put it, “This is a very tricky way to describe a subscription without calling it a subscription.”
Players in response sarcastically noted that the answer is similar to the description of lootboxes in video games not as an element of gambling, but as “the mechanics of surprise.”
It is also unclear how exactly access to the server will be limited. The pricing page says that free players will be able to “try” map view servers, but those who pay for standard access will have “full access” to them.
The Trackmania reboot will take place on July 1, 2020.