Helsinki, Finland - 4 April 2012 - Finnish game developer Frozenbyte is delighted to announce the first beta release of Trine 2 for Linux, available now on the official site's purchase page at http://www.trine2.com/buy/ .
"We are excited to bring Trine 2 for Linux so close to the other platforms. The game debuted just 4 months ago on Steam and we're happy to bring the experience now to the Linux gaming community," said Lauri Hyvärinen, CEO of Frozenbyte, and continued:
"Our biggest motivation for the native Linux version was really more of a "because we can", and also to prove a point that it's not that difficult to release a great modern game on Linux. We have a few guys here at the office who are already using Linux as their primary operating system at home, so we see a bright future ahead for Linux. Linux users have also been a huge part of the Humble Bundle initiative and clearly there's a big market for games and other software on Linux, and it's up to us and other developers to make gaming on Linux worthwhile. But we have to be realistic about it because we don't have any advertising or other marketing going on, so financially our expectations are modest. We will be happy if we sell a thousand units or thereabout during the first few weeks."
Trine 2 is the first Linux port created in-house at Frozenbyte. Jukka Kokkonen, Senior Programmer, had this to say about the Linux version of Trine 2:
"Linux porting of Trine 2 turned out to be easier than expected as we already had a working Mac OS X version, which also used an OpenGL renderer. The initial OpenGL rendering port took less than 2 days, after which the renderer was mostly functional, with only some bugs to iron out.
On the other hand, though it was easier than expected to port Trine 2 on Linux, testing and fixing issues caused by differing distributions and release versions turned out to be a bit tedious. These issues and the various system configurations will keep the support people here at Frozenbyte busy after the game is released, but hopefully we will also get some help from the Linux community as well. Overall I think that Trine 2 shows that Linux can provide a proper gaming experience and we are very excited to see how Linux users react to the game."
The Linux version of Trine 2 includes all the features available in the game, including online co-op. Once the game moves out of the beta phase, the Linux version will also be able to play multiplayer with Mac users. A variety of recent distributions are supported, including Ubuntu 10.10/11.04/11.10, Fedora 16, OpenSUSE 12.1 and Linux Mint 12. Other distributions could work as well but may require additional library installations manually. The Linux version will also come to other distribution channels later in the year, including Desura and Gameolith.
Trine 2 is available now for Linux through http://www.trine2.com/buy/. The regular edition is priced at $14.99 and the Collector's Edition at $24.99. The Collector's Edition includes a digital artbook and the original soundtrack by the acclaimed composer Ari Pulkkinen. Trine 2 is also available on Steam for PC/Mac, the Mac App Store, Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.
Screenshots, videos and other materials of Trine 2
Trine 2 page on Steam