For a limited time, developer Frozenbyte‘s Trine 2: Director’s Cut is discounted by 50 percent on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. You can purchase the download-only game for $9.99 from Nintendo’s online marketplace until April 30th, which is when it will return to its original price of $19.99. If you want to try out the game before you decide buy it, download a free demo from the Nintendo eShop.
Finnish video game developer Frozenbyte today announced that it has released a demo for Trine 2: Director’s Cut in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The demo requires 582 MB, is free to download, and it features the first level of the game along with half of the second level. If you enjoy the demo and don’t own the game, purchase the full game right now from the Nintendo eShop, as it’s discounted by 25% for a limited time. The game goes back to its original price on February 28th in North America, and on March 7th in Europe.
Developer Frozenbyte was asked, via YouTube, whether it will ever release a physical copy of Trine 2: Director’s Cut. According to the developer, there is a possibility of releasing a retail version of the side-scrolling platformer; however, Frozenbyte said it would need to find a publishing partner, which apparently takes a lot of time to arrange. Trine 2: Director’s Cut is currently a download-only title in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo’s Wii U console, and its price is $19.99 in North America.
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Frozenbyte: “It’s a possibility… we’d need a partner for it though, so even if we decide to go for it, it will in any case take a lot of time to arrange, so it’s hard to say when it could happen… we’ll see!”
Wii U’s edition of the puzzle platform game, Trine 2: Director’s Cut, released last year in the Nintendo eShop alongside the launch of Nintendo’s latest console.
“The whole architecture is running very well and we were able to ramp the Trine 2 art to a higher degree than with the other consoles.”
“So for porting no issues at all and there is a nice base for future original development too. Maybe some were looking for a larger leap in terms of pure power, but in the end I believe most developers will be quite comfortable with the system.”
“Absolutely, but again in a very different direction that Nintendo has always been known for. They create their own standards and have huge IPs to fall back on. As for untapping the hidden power of new consoles.. I think Nintendo personifies that in all of their first party titles, regardless of the actual CPU or GPU performance.”
Nintendo’s new console, Wii U, launched November 30th in Australia, but Wii U-exclusive Trine 2: Director’s Cut isn’t available for purchase from the continent’s Nintendo eShop, although it was an expected launch title.
The game is now supposed to launch in Australia within the next couple of weeks and will cost AU $19.99. However, for Australian consumers who purchase the game on or close to its launch, its price will be reduced to AU $15.99 for a limited time.
Developer Frozenbyte has released the launch trailer of the beautiful Trine 2: Director’s Cut, which is exclusive to Wii U. The game can be purchased for $19.99 from the North American Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The game will be available for download on Wii U in Europe on the new console’s launch date, November 30th, in that continent.
Games that are available at retail, including New Super Mario Bros. U, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Madden 13, FIFA 13, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, and Sing Party, are also downloadable from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Downloadable and retail titles are the same price, which means most of them are $59.99.
According to Frozenbyte’s Mikael Haveri, compared to the other HD consoles on the market, Trine 2 expansion Goblin Menace’s graphics are best on Wii U. Haveri believes that Trine 2: Director’s Cut requires a considerable amount of processing power and, therefore, would have to be downscaled if it were to release on PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Trine 2: Director’s Cut launches November on the Nintendo eShop and includes a new mode called “Magic Mayhem,” which is designed exclusively for Wii U.
“Basically that does require… well, not huge amounts more graphics processing power, but still considerable. If we would publish that on the other consoles, then I believe that there would be some small downscaling of what it is right now.”
“I think we didn’t start really until sometime early in the year still, but the fact was that we had a lot of things going on. Then when we got over the old things, we started with the Wii U and then in two days we had it running,” he explained. “We had it running really fast. So it was more about knowing your own tech and then having that ‘eureka!’ moment of making it work on this new hardware.”
-Mikael Haveri, sales and marketing manager,
Developer Frozenbyte announced that the Wii U version of Trine 2: Director’s Cut will include the first set of downloadable content, which is titled Goblin Menace. The DLC features six brand-new levels, improved visuals, and “new revolutionary skills” for heroes of the game. You can get the first glimpse of the new content from the gorgeous trailer above. Trine 2: Director’s Cut will launch on the Wii U eShop this year.