Trine 2 Director's Cut is the 'best' version Frozenbyte can make

Trine 2: Director's Cut, a Wii U-exclusive title announced today at Nintendo's E3 press conference, is set for a holiday launch, Frozenbyte says. Director's Cut features the "developers' vision of Trine 2 fully formed," including the original game with "numerous enhancements," such as the new party mode, Magic Mayhem.

Magic Mayhem was designed specifically for Wii U and creates a more challenging atmosphere for the existing multiplayer mode. Frozenbyte is also working on an expansion for Trine 2, adding five new levels and new skills for each character; it will also be available on the Wii U.
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Trine 2: Director's Cut and new expansion in development for Wii U
Intended for holiday release, features new gameplay and a new game mode, and the adventure continues in an all-new expansion

Helsinki, Finland – 5 June 2012 – Finnish game developer Frozenbyte has today announced that the best version of its acclaimed fantasy adventure game Trine 2 is in development exclusively for Nintendo's Wii U™. Intended to be launched in the holiday season of 2012, Trine 2: Director's Cut features the critically acclaimed original game with numerous enhancements and gameplay polish, alongside a new game mode called the "Magic Mayhem", designed exclusively for Wii U. The upcoming new expansion campaign is also planned to come out on Wii U.

"We are thrilled to work on Wii U and bring the best version of Trine 2 to the platform," said Lauri Hyvärinen, CEO of Frozenbyte, and continued: "Trine 2: Director's Cut features many things that we had to cut from the original release on other platforms and a completely new user experience tailored especially for Wii U. We are also going to introduce the new "Magic Mayhem" party mode that brings the frantic multiplayer of Trine 2 into a more challenging environment where players can battle and laugh together."

"Simultaneously we are working on the upcoming expansion for Trine 2, which will come out on Wii U at the same time. It will provide an even more exhilarating adventure following the heroic trio of Amadeus, Pontius and Zoya – or as otherwise known, the Wizard, the Knight and the Thief. The expansion is our best work yet and absolutely stunning in every respect, and is going to be a fantastic experience on Wii U."


Quick Fact Sheet

Trine 2: Director's Cut (Wii U exclusive & holiday title)

Director's Cut is "the developers' vision of Trine 2" fully formed
- Physics-based puzzles with fire, water, gravity and magic
- Accessible for both casual and hardcore gamers thanks to the new control system designed for Wii U, taking full advantage of the touch screen for intuitive character controls
- More than 100 improvements to the original game, including polished gameplay features, level geometry adjusts, new vocals and character interactions, and user experience improvements
- Online and local co-op with up to three players, with special multiplayer features for Wii U GamePad™ and support for up to three Wii Remotes™.
- Superb graphics and next-gen visuals using impressive technical effects, making Wii U the definite console version
- Save anywhere to play as long or short sessions as you like and use the Unlimited Character Mode and Game+ for replay value
- Upgrade your characters to suit your play style and to learn amazing new skills
- Hidden collectibles for extra adventuring
- Amazing 19-track fantasy soundtrack
- Full language support for English, French, German and Spanish, and optional subtitling for more than 10 languages
- Campaign support for the new skills from the upcoming expansion
- Director's Cut includes the exclusive Magic Mayhem "party mode" for up to 4 players in online and offline multiplayer


Trine 2 expansion campaign (included in the Director's Cut)

- Add-on content for Trine 2
- A new adventure featuring the Heroes struggling against new goblin villainy
- 5 new levels chock-full of new puzzles, hazards, enemies and contraptions
- New skills for each character with new possibilities for puzzle solving
- Completely new environments ranging from burning desert to snowy mountains to the insides of a giant sand whale

Trine 2: Director's Cut is intended to be released on Wii U during the holiday season. Trine 2 is currently available on Steam for PC/Mac, the Mac App Store, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Linux.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.