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Trackmania Royal mode would like some of that Fall Guys action

Devolver’s Phantom Abyss arrives in early access June 22nd

During Devolver Digital’s Stream tonight Phantom Abyss bagged itself an early access release date. This action-adventure temple-explore arrivies on June 22nd.

The more Trackmania games are released, the more I forget that Trackmania exists. I had even forgotten that the most recently was called, simply, Trackmania.

Perhaps my increasing apathy is what prompted the creation of Trackmania Royal mode, which adds spinning pads on plastic platforms which knock you into water, and which looks a lot like Fall Guys.

Here’s the trailer from tonight’s Ubisoft Forward pre-show:

Devolver’s E3 showcase was again a highlight in an underwhelming year

Devolver’s E3 2021 showcase was once again a highlight of the year’s marketing onslaught. Watch the full broadcast here.


As a set of additions to the game, I’m into it. Royal mode is designed for team play, where the last team standing is the winner. It adds bouncy water, plastic blocks, animated items (which I’m surprised to realise it didn’t have already), and a summery theme of track parts to build with.

Individually, great. As a combination, yeah, it seems a lot like Fall Guys when you see cars edging their way around spinning wheels. I don’t really begrudge that, either: Trackmania has always been great, and ultimately a physics game about getting to the end of an obstacle course, and I welcome whatever brings it greater success.

Trackmania Royal is available to play now via the free Trackmania Starter Access, and Trackmania itself is available from Uplay.


E3 2021 may be over but our memories live on – see everything on our E3 hub. Many more big game showcases and streams are still to come this summer, leading up to Gamescom, so see our summer games stream schedule to stay up to date.

Become a grim reaper crow in Death’s Door next month

During Devolver Digital’s E3 stream, they announced the dark bird-filled adventure game Death’s Door is coming out on July 20th. It looks gloomy yet charming.