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Trine 4 has an official release date and more character info

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Picture of Zoya and Pontius from Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince will release worldwide on 8 October 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Frozenbyte and Modus Games took the opportunity to expand on the lore of Zoya, Amadeus and Pontius in the process.

Fans, or potentially new fans, will be able to purchase Trine: The Ultimate Collection on the same day. It contains all of the previously released Trine games along with Trine 4. Regular Trine 4 will set them back $29.99 / €29.99 / ~£26.99 while the Ultimate Collection will cost $49.99 / €49.99 / ~£44.99.

Players will set upon their quest to find the titular and troubled prince Selius who has some bad nightmares. Instead of dealing with them by wetting the bed or moonwalking, he is unleashing these nightmares into the real world due to his affinity to magic. It is implied he is not doing this voluntarily so he is likely not the main antagonist.

One of the most important aspects of Trine 4 is that it returns to the 2.5D format previously used for the highly successful first two instalments. While Trine 3 is not a bad game per se, the 3D format is often listed among other flaws, such as the short game length and abrupt ending.

Multiplayer in Trine 4 will see up to four people playing at once, meaning that at least two people will play the same character at any given moment. The trailer above shows this briefly, starting at 0:38 time stamp.

UPDATE: Frozenbyte clarified that there are no planned microtransactions for Trine 4. Different character models and textures are simply there to help differentiate players. Original continuation of the article is as follows.

Furthermore, it looks like Trine 4 will have different cosmetic options as we see two different Pontiuses, one in the regular armour and one in golden with no helmet. This brings up the question of whether microtransactions will follow.

FrozenbytePicture of Zoya and Pontius from Trine 4: The Nightmare PrinceTrine 4

While not inherently bad enough to ruin the game, it remains to be seen how much the developers focused on making Trine 4 an enjoyable experience and how much effort was put into making it a microtransaction machine.