TrackMania Sunrise is the follow-up to TrackMania and is, as its predecessor, based on track building and insane stunts. With a pool of building blocks, players can build tracks in three different environments, Island, Bay, and Coast, at four times of the day, Sunrise, Day, Sunset and Night. The game features four single-player racing modes, Race, Platform, Puzzle, Crazy, and the options of saving replays and customizing cars with skins. Multiplay over the Internet allows players to share custom tracks with other players.
When announced in June 2004, the game was first revealed as a commercial expansion pack for the original Trackmania. However, the graphics engine had been vastly improved and the features extended far beyond the scope of original game, that it was changed to a standalone sequel.