TrackMania United underway

The TrackMania PC racing series is back with TrackMania United from car-crazy Japanese developer Nadeo and will include a myriad of new features. The track building and arcade racing explosion for PC has a large online community where new environments can be designed to blast round in beefed-up sports cars. It's an awful lot like slot-car race sets with monster jumps, steeply banked turns,and cool loops -only you're not on rails, and you're racing with other maniacs online.

United will cherry pick the best options from the original TrackMania, TrackMania: Power Up!, TrackMania Sunrise and TrackMania Nations, but will also include brand new features. There will be twice as many blocks for the stadium environments and more options than ever for the track design. New online features will include a global ranking and homemade tracks being rated by other players.

A U.S. release hasn't been confirmed, but we think it's likely. We'll report back when we dig up more info.

July 3, 2006