FCM Issue 59 – News – Trine 2

Finnish game developer Frozenbyte is pleased to announce that Trine 2 will be released for the Linux platform on April 2, 2012. Trine 2 will be available via the Humble Store widget on the official website http://www.trine2.com/.

The ”Humble Store” is a new type of widget where customers can buy the game direct from the developer. Currently the store sells the Linux copy as well as keys for Steam. Other Non-DRM versions will be added next year to all buyers.

”We see Linux as a very potential platform and are glad to see more developers embracing it. New campaigns like the Humble Bundles have really paved way for the Linux gaming community and we see it as a growing market that we really want to be part of. And what a community it is, these guys will gladly pay even extra for their game and also help you fix it.” said Mikael Haveri, the Marketing Manager of Frozenbyte.

Jukka Kokkonen, the lead Linux coder had this to say about the process:

“Linux porting of Trine 2 turned out to be mostly easier than expected as the game had already a working Mac OS X version, which also used an OpenGL renderer. The initial OpenGL rendering port took less than two days, after which the renderer was mostly functional, with only bugs to iron out.”

The original Trine was released in 2009 and has since sold 1.1 million copies. Largest contributors to the unit numbers have been Steam and the Humble Bundle, with PlayStation Network and Mac App Store also generating major sales. In addition, supporting growing platforms like OnLive and Linux have played notable part in keeping Trine 1 viable and a well-selling title to the day.

Trine 2 for Linux will be available through http://www.trine2.com/buy/. The regular edition is priced at $14.99/12.99 euros/11.99 pounds. The Collector’s Edition is available for $24.99/19.99 euros/17.99 pounds. The Collector’s Edition includes a digital artbook and the original soundtrack by the acclaimed composer Ari Pulkkinen.

Full Circle Magazine Issue 59 – March 2012

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