Ubisoft will soon be launching a beta for its upcoming PC-based online first-person shooter, ShootMania Storm, and you can go ahead and sign up for that beta RIGHT NOW. It couldn't be easier. Simply head over to www.shootmania.com and punch you e-mail address into the text box near the top of the page.
ShootMania Storm is the work of TrackMania dev Nadeo, and it adopts the earlier game's philosophy of offering highly accessible gameplay alongside user-created content. It's back-to-basics red versus blue online multiplayer, with none of the dangling carrot trappings that have become so popular since Call of Duty 4 launched. The creation aspect comes in with the game's elaborate map builder.
There's no date set for the beta's launch, but Ubi is partnered with TwitchTV for a tournament that will kick off on June 1, 2012. It's probably a safe bet that the beta will launch sometime before that. For now, tide yourself over with the new announcement trailer above.