Nadeo and Ubisoft have announced that ShootMania Storm will officially launch on January 23rd, 2013. The game has enjoyed success in closed beta, seeing multiple tournaments on a very grand scale and an ever-increasing userbase. Before the game goes live in January, Nadeo will launch the second stage of beta testing in December.
When the second iteration of ShootMania Storm's beta testing goes live, the game will be given an update that includes some new moves (Laser Jump, Wall Jump and Grappling Hook) as well as two new game modes; Victory and Fortress. This update will also include a 'Welcome Build' for new players.
The Welcome Build is described as...
A specific game build especially designed to offer an easy introduction to ShootMania Storm for newcomers, giving free permanent access to the Royal and Elite game modes. At launch, it will be free and available to all, but from October on, it will allow all ManiaPlanet existing players to send invitations to their friends who will then be able to download that client.
This experience will remain on invitation until ShootMania Storm launches.
Finally, when the game moves into the next stage of beta, Nadeo will be simultaneously launching ManiaPlanet 2.0. This will include brand new options for eSports and new tools for the map editor. eSports 2.0 will allow players to create tournaments right inside of ManiaPlanet. This includes everything from player registration to prize pool management, making it easier than ever to set up an eSporst event in ShootMania.
Check out the official website to pre-order ShootMania Storm for instant access to the current iteration of beta.