Ubisoft has announced that it has launched a major update for Maniaplanet. The hub powers the multiplayer experiences of the racing game Trackmania 2 and the first person shooter game Shootmania.
The new update that went live last night introduces a bunch of new features, tweaks and bugfixes. The most notable features include the introduction of a new tools for creating single-player campaigns and a mesh modeler for designing new 3D objects.
The update also adds a number of under-the-hood improvements to boost game performance, as well as free access to a new channel system for discovering user-generated content and connecting with other players.
Players will also notice key differences in their games; in addition to new textures and features, the Chase team mode is now available in all Trackmania 2 titles, while Shootmania Storm players get new weapons, vehicles, and a new Warlords game mode.
Earlier today Ubisoft also announced that it will be releasing a new standalone Trackmania 2 game called Trackmania 2 Lagoon. The new game will feature a 65-track solo campaign amid soaring tropical tracks, as well as six multiplayer game modes and the ability to create new tracks and events in its tropical setting.