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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, WiiU, Xbox 360
Genre: Action
Publisher: Nobilis
Developer: Frozenbyte
Release Date: July 10, 2009

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'Trine' (ALL) Gets Free Path to New Dawn DLC, Adds New Level

by Rainier on April 19, 2010 @ 6:39 p.m. PDT

Trine is a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies.

In Trine, players work together to create and use objects to solve challenging physics-based puzzles and defeat dangerous enemies. Set in a kingdom on the verge of chaos, a warrior, a wizard, and a thief are bound by a powerful artifact known as "the Trine". Together, they must battle the forces of space, energy, and motion to put an end to the reign of the dark sorcerer that rules the kingdom.

The free DLC level, "Path to New Dawn", is now available on Steam and will be released shortly for other PC distributions. To celebrate the release of the free level, Trine is offered 75% off on Steam for one week (April 19th through April 26th).

"We are extremely happy to release this free level. It is our way of saying thanks to our fans and giving back to everyone who has bought Trine," says Lauri Hyvärinen, Frozenbyte CEO, and continues: "As a company, we've had an interesting journey getting this far. I'm sure the path ahead is also full of dangers and traps but we'll do our best to avoid them and continue to bring great experiences to gamers. We've been delighted that so many players have enjoyed Trine so far, and I hope this free level adds a little bit to that enjoyment!"

Path to New Dawn is a unique level with new visuals and challenging gameplay, especially on Very Hard difficulty setting. It also features 10 special items for the player to collect. The level is unlocked and available in the Select level menu once the game has been completed.

"This truly is a tough platformer level: collecting all 10 special items on the harder difficulty settings will be a challenge even for Trine veterans," says gameplay designer Kim Juntunen and continues: "If you would rather just enjoy the level at your own pace, the Easy and Medium difficulty settings are best suited for that. If you're going for the challenge, then I recommend taking advantage of the characters' unique abilities and the many items found in the earlier levels, such as the Resurrection Gem. It's tough but it's definitely worth it – good luck!"

The free DLC is part of Patch 1.07, which also includes a couple of minor additions to the game, such as visible experience bottle information in the Inventory menu for treasure hunters. The patch comes hot in the heels of Patch 1.06, released earlier in April, which among other things removed copy-protection from certain retail versions of the game and improved multi-keyboard and mice support and featured many smaller tweaks and fixes.

Featuring three-player cooperative play, each character has specific talents to invent new solutions to puzzles and original ways to defeat enemies. The Wizard can use magic to create objects and new paths, the Thief can use her agility and accuracy to quickly deal with enemies, and the Warrior unleashes pure destruction everywhere he travels.

The gameplay is based on fully interactive physics - each character's different ability helps the player battle an army of un-dead and defeat hazardous contraptions. The player can at any time freely choose whoever is best suited for the upcoming challenge or puzzle: The Wizard is able to summon objects to help solve puzzles and create new ways to overcome obstacles, the Thief uses her agility and dead-on accuracy to swiftly surprise the monsters, and the Warrior unleashes mayhem and physical destruction wherever he goes.

Co-op multiplayer (on a single computer/console system) details:

  1. The game features a cooperative multiplayer mode (up to 3 players together), featuring an easy join in/out logic to allow the maximum of fun – join in at any time during the game! On PC, multiple input devices (joypads, mouse+keyboard) are supported.
  2. With the Jump’n Run gameplay and 3 different characters and weaponry, the co-operative mode allows totally new tactics that take the action and puzzle solving to a new level!
  3. For example, a player who is playing the Thief character cannot block enemy shots... However, another player who is playing the Knight who has a shield can provide cover from enemy shots while the other takes careful aim and shoots down the enemies.

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