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Three-Player Online Co-Op Coming In Trine 2

Dibs on the Knight.

Leading up to the whirlwind that is E3 2010, Atlus announced that it was set to publish Trine 2, a sequel to last year's indie darling physics-based platformer. At E3 proper, the published unveiled the game in trailer form (below) and teased a new wrinkle on its predecessor's practically hidden wrinkle: online three-player cooperative functionality

Trine 2 will see the return of the knight, thief, and wizard--all of which will be playable in co-op and are set to be given new powers. Despite the freshness, don't expect a departure. The press materials reassure that Trine 2 is grounded in the foundation of its predecessor. So, do expect the same kind of physics-based puzzles as well as the free-form solving and navigation.
  

  
Trine was a hip game, for sure. I hit up the PS3 version and managed to enjoy it after unplugging my PS Eye and USB headset (don't ask). But I also felt like it never came into its own--it never quite pushed the boundaries of its character-swapping. The amount of puzzles that required a heavy and intelligent usage of its core mechanics were too few for me.
 
That said, Trine 2 could totally push the bar. We'll have to see whenever it hits, and play it on whatever platform it comes to. Atlus didn't provide those details. So, here's some screenshots instead:  
 


UPDATE: I've made fun of the fact of how nestled away Trine's co-op was before, but I didn't realize it supported more than two players. But Trine 2 will take it online. Corrected and schooled. Also, according to several other outlets, including Joystiq, Trine 2 is slated to hit the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Leading up to the whirlwind that is E3 2010, Atlus announced that it was set to publish Trine 2, a sequel to last year's indie darling physics-based platformer. At E3 proper, the published unveiled the game in trailer form (below) and teased a new wrinkle on its predecessor's practically hidden wrinkle: online three-player cooperative functionality

Trine 2 will see the return of the knight, thief, and wizard--all of which will be playable in co-op and are set to be given new powers. Despite the freshness, don't expect a departure. The press materials reassure that Trine 2 is grounded in the foundation of its predecessor. So, do expect the same kind of physics-based puzzles as well as the free-form solving and navigation.
  

  
Trine was a hip game, for sure. I hit up the PS3 version and managed to enjoy it after unplugging my PS Eye and USB headset (don't ask). But I also felt like it never came into its own--it never quite pushed the boundaries of its character-swapping. The amount of puzzles that required a heavy and intelligent usage of its core mechanics were too few for me.
 
That said, Trine 2 could totally push the bar. We'll have to see whenever it hits, and play it on whatever platform it comes to. Atlus didn't provide those details. So, here's some screenshots instead:  
 


UPDATE: I've made fun of the fact of how nestled away Trine's co-op was before, but I didn't realize it supported more than two players. But Trine 2 will take it online. Corrected and schooled. Also, according to several other outlets, including Joystiq, Trine 2 is slated to hit the Xbox 360, PC, and PS3.
Edited by XenoNick

Cool
 
Edit: Thank god that's now done

Posted by OroJackson

hopefully comes to XBLA

Posted by Darkflight

Yes! Trine was an amazing game - a better looking graphics engine + a hopefully more fleshed out puzzle element + online co-op = instantly bought.

Posted by fei0x

Excellent, another platinum trophy coming my way =D

Posted by JOURN3Y

Finally! A game with MORE rainbows!

Posted by sfighter21

More rainbows!!??  YES!!!

Posted by VoshiNova

Never really got into the first one

Posted by MJHAYLETT

Excellent I loved Trine on my PS3.

Posted by TheChaos

500% more rainbows? 
That's over 100%.

Posted by L33tfella_H

Looking forward to Trine 2, really loved the first one.

Edited by TheAdmin

Wow. Graphically it looks a lot better. Environments look really amazing, especially the improved lighting. Enemies and the main characters look so much better as well. They really spent the time to bring up the character detail.  I'm pumped for this. 

Posted by RobbieMac

Why is it always unlikely heroes.  I am not really sure who they expect to save the day, but a knight and a wizard are definitely up there on my "people to go to" list when the kingdom is going to be destroyed.

Posted by xDot

Looks great

Posted by Aarduil
@RobbieMac:
Well, in the first game (and presumably the second) they were an inept womanizer mage and a drunkard knight. The biggest professional of the three was the thief. So I guess that made them unlikely heroes.
Posted by Crono

I have to agree with Nicholson.  Trine was an awesome game but didn't do enough with the character swapping and combining character traits - I really hope this is something they address in 2.

Posted by Dedodido

Technically there's infinately more 3-player co-op than in the first one, since trine didn't have any.
 
...Just saying.

Posted by LuckBringer

Guess I need to finally sit down and beat Trine.  Loved the demo.  Co-op anything sounds good to me so I would be all for this.
Posted by AndreiBaciu

Awesome , gonna get this for my brother

Posted by rcath
@RobbieMac: right there with ya, lol
Posted by rcath

still wont run on my PC, argh

Posted by LastNinja

 So... the original had local three player co-op on PS3, so the big news here is that it is online I guess?

Posted by Odyssey

I thought that three player Co-op was already a feature. o_O

Posted by Zanthox

I'm not really excited but super happy for this sequel. YAY!

Posted by Tennmuerti

Excellent music choice for the trailer I gotta say.

Posted by Onigenko

I still have to buy the first Trine one of these days, but I'm glad to see a sequel!

Posted by WindFall259

Looks exactly the same... Damn, that looks good.

Posted by hawk_75

I missed out on Trine so I am looking forward to this one!
Posted by JackSukeru

Looks great, I never did get around to buying the first Trine though, I should do that someday.
Posted by JoelTGM

god damn do they know how to make a nice looking game

Posted by Akel

Graphics...fantastic.
Music...delicious.
Gameplay...well, I hope it's better...because the first felt pretty basic.

Posted by JABSEN

Pretty cool. Seems like it might use some of the puzzleyness of working it out on your own but still cool.

Posted by ParaParaKing

3 player Coop? This might make sense because there are three characters, but actually the gameplaywise it doesn't make sense.

Posted by Mr_Skeleton

Dibs on the Thief.

Posted by Manburger

Awwww yeah, shit just got reeeaahulll
Loved the first one, looking forward to this!

Posted by fwylo

Dibs Thief

Posted by SnakeSDR

I'm surprised they are doing a sequel already, but I'm looking forward to it regardless. 3 Player Coop could prove interesting.

Edited by Jimbo

Umm, Trine 1 had 3 player co-op.
 
"You can also play Trine with a local drop-in cooperative mode that lets two or three people control all the characters at once. Three players makes the action a little too busy and demanding, and removes the ability to swap between characters entirely, which makes some of the obstacles a pain to get by."
 
Source:  Giant Bomb's review of Trine.

Posted by Begemot

Pretty neat. Didnt like that Trine didnt have online, but oh well.

Posted by DocGroove

Nice! I bought Trine from Steam a while ago when it was discounted. I haven't really played it yet (besides the demo). The 3 player co-op sounds promising, but I do hope it will be also released on XBLA since most of my online gaming friends can be found there.

Posted by buzz_killington

The game looks SSOOOOO GOOOOD. Best Visuals/Art-style of E3.

Posted by Lemoncookie01

Trine 2? i still need to beat the first one.

Posted by Myre

I am definitely ready for some more Trine

Posted by Nightside

The first one was a fantastic co-op experience, I will definately be getting this....
Posted by chrisnadon

500% rainbows? cuuute
looks pretty sweet! :)

Posted by embef

Looks wicked

Posted by soroxas94

this should be a pretty good game

Posted by Mistzero

looks really good
Posted by Aleryn

Love the first one, glad to hear it'll find it 's way onto 360 for online co op.

Posted by Carlos1408

Sounds and looks awesome. I can't help but notice the incredible improvements graphically from the first one as well. Looks very nice. I'll probably get this one. i only played the demo for the first one. This makes me want to get it, but i think i'll just wait for Trine 2.

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