Trackmania, the 2020 remake, is heading to Steam and the developers have started answering questions like — will it run on Steam Deck?
Even more Ubisoft coming back to Steam, what a treat. Following on from earlier Steam releases of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, The Division 2, Immortals Fenyx Rising and Assassin's Creed Valhalla. From Ubisoft Nadeo, it will be free to play when it hits Steam on February 2nd, so you can bet I'll be giving it to a go so you know what to expect on Steam Deck and Linux desktop.
Speaking on Twitter in their thread answering questions, they mentioned about the Steam Deck: "2. Can I play Trackmania with my Steam Deck? We are still waiting for the official review for Steam Deck from Valve to know if it is possible. From our tests, the game is playable on the device.". Nice to see some more official testing being done! Would be good to see more of that from Ubisoft and others.
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Why are Ubisoft coming back to Steam? The answer is clear: money talks. Ubisoft want more of it, and clearly they're not doing as well as they would like as mentioned in their recent financial statement from CEO Yves Guillemot: "We are clearly disappointed by our recent performance. We are facing contrasted market dynamics as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and everlasting live games, in the context of worsening economic conditions affecting consumer spending.".
Quoting: Yves Guillemot[…]in the context of worsening economic conditions affecting consumer spendingWhile energy prices and inflation certainly aren’t helping, I think the anti-consumerism that tends to drive Ubisoft’s decisions is the main factor of fading customers/declining sales.
Quoting: Yves Guillemot[…]the industry continues to shift towards […] everlasting live gamesNo, it does not.
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Quoting: Skipperiowell as long as it will be without ubi client sounds like great newsIt'll still launch Ubisoft Connect, sadly... Nadeo confirmed it on Twitter.
Edit: I've been playing Trackmania 2020 for months now on my Deck. I just installed Ubisoft Connect with the help of Proton and it works flawlessly on my end.
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Quoting: benstor214In case Yves Guillemot is reading this, I base my opinion on EA’s 180 on live services.Quoting: Yves Guillemot[…]the industry continues to shift towards […] everlasting live gamesNo, it does not.
I would say EA is Ubisoft’s main competitor.
It has a Linux version, and I spent many hours playing it.
I still listen to songs from this game.
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Quoting: naaarfQuoting: Skipperiowell as long as it will be without ubi client sounds like great news
It'll still launch Ubisoft Connect, sadly... Nadeo confirmed it on Twitter.
Well that was all I need to know. I've been avoiding them since they never did a Linux version, and now that I know they bundle 3rd party launcher spyware crapware -- the turnoff has gone sub-zero.
It's too bad they don't have analysts that actually read these comments otherwise they may be something other than tone-deaf and conscious enough to make products that people actually want.
The more the internet gets threatened and always-on is pushed the more I appreciate GOG, DRM-Free and Offline games with LAN too. I can't even imagine investing hundreds or thousands of hours into something only to have the centralized server shut down.
These are problems that were solved in 1999. It's just the cement brains at the top have the attention span of a gold fish.
Quoting: ElectricPrismThese are problems that were solved in 1999. It's just the cement brains at the top have the attention span of a gold fish.But… but think of the pirates!
Quoting: naaarfIt'll still launch Ubisoft Connect, sadly... Nadeo confirmed it on Twitter.
Aaaand with that i lost all interest.
Get your shit together ubisoft, nobody wants an utterly useless additional launcher that doesn't offer even a hint of additional value.
Even EA seems to slowly get it - the Dead Space Remake apparently comes without the EA App!
If you are even worse than EA, you are clearly on the wrong path...
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