Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

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Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power
Trine 3 logo.png
Logo of the game
Composer(s)Ari Pulkkinen
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Linux
  • WW: August 20, 2015
PlayStation 4
  • WW: December 22, 2015
Nintendo Switch
  • WW: July 29, 2019
Genre(s)Platform, puzzle, action role-playing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a 2015 action role-playing platform and puzzle video game developed by Frozenbyte,[1] released on August 20, 2015 for Microsoft Windows. A PlayStation 4 version was released on December 22, 2015.[2] It is the sequel to Trine 2 and features a return of the series' three protagonists and medieval fantasy location. The game is the first in the series to feature fully 3D gameplay. A port to the Nintendo Switch was released on July 29, 2019.[3]


Similar to its predecessors, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is an action role-playing platform game with puzzle elements, which requires the players to utilize the skills of three different returning characters: Pontius, Amadeus and Zoya.[4] Abilities varied among characters. Pontius is a knight equipped with a sword and a shield to defend himself against enemies. Zoya is a thief that is equipped with arrows and a grappling hook, while Amadeus is a wizard that has the ability to manipulate and levitate objects.[5] Players can swap between the three playable characters freely during the campaign.[6] Trine 3 is the first game in the series to feature 3D gameplay, while the 2D gameplay remains the game's focus as with previous installments.[7] The game also includes three-player co-operative multiplayer, special challenge levels and a level editor.[8][9]


The game was revealed by Frozenbyte on March 2, 2015. Alongside the announcement, a debut trailer was released.[10] A nine-minute gameplay trailer of the game was released on April 9, 2015, showcasing the ways the three playable characters interact with the three-dimensional world.[11] The game entered early access on April 21, 2015, so as to allow the company to receive player feedback regarding the new gameplay elements featured. The early access of the game only featured two maps, with the developers saying the full release would be "significantly longer".[12] As promised, the game remained in the early access phase for "a few months" and was released on August 20, 2015 "initially" for Microsoft Windows.[9][13] Ari Pulkkinen, the composer of the original Trine and Trine 2, returned to compose the music for Trine 3.[14] The game's budget was $5.4 million, triple that of Trine 2.[15]

The developer of the game called the introduction of 3D graphics something "challenging and time consuming", as the skills and the abilities of the three playable characters had to undergo overhaul and redesign without damaging the characters' characteristics.[16] Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power was released on August 20, 2015 for Microsoft Windows.[17] In December 2015, a PlayStation 4 version of the game was announced.[18]


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Upon release, players complained that the game was too short. Frozenbyte later responded that if they extended the length of the game, it would have cost $15 million, a price that they can not afford. Joel Kinnunen, VP from Frozenbyte, added that,"[they] tried to make something too ambitious, and it ended up financially impossible".[20] While the developer is proud of the game they had created, the future for the franchise is now "in question".[21]


  1. ^ "Official Trine 3 Announcement". Frozenbyte. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  2. ^ "Trine 3 coming to PS4 before Christmas". Gematsu. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power for Switch launches July 29". Gematsu. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Savage, Phil (March 2, 2015). "Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power announced". PC Gamer. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Donlan, Christian (April 23, 2015). "Trine 3: Can Early Access iron out some of the series' kinks?". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Sheridan, Corner (March 2, 2015). "Trine 3 bursts into 3D action/puzzle platforming". GamesRadar. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Kato, Matthew (March 2, 2015). "Trine 3: The Artifacts Of Power Announced Via Trailer & Screens". Game Informer. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
  8. ^ S. Good, Owen (March 2, 2015). "Trine 3: Artifacts of Power announced; see its trailer here". Polygon. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Ishaan (April 20, 2015). "Trine 3 To Debut On Steam Early Access Tomorrow". Sliconera. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  10. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (April 26, 2015). "Trine 3 announced with gorgeous debut trailer". Eurogamer. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  11. ^ Pikkarainen, Joonas (April 9, 2015). "Trine 3: An Exclusive 9-minute look at the upcoming puzzle platformer". IGN. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  12. ^ Savage, Phil (April 26, 2015). "Trine 3 is out in Early Access next week". PC Gamer. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  13. ^ Osborn, Alex (March 2, 2015). "Trine 3 Announced, Coming 2015". Game Revolution. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  14. ^ Huynh, Christopher (March 4, 2015). "Ari Pulkkinen returns to score Trine 3". Game Music Online. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
  15. ^ Matulef, Jeffrey (24 August 2015). "Trine 3 dev says "the future of the series is now in question"". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  16. ^ Devore, Jordan (April 17, 2015). "Trine 3 will use Steam Early Access to nail its new 3D gameplay". Destructoid. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  17. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (August 4, 2015). "Trine 3 launches proper 20th August". Eurogamer. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  18. ^ Porter, Matt (December 8, 2015). "Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power announced for PlayStation 4". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  19. ^ "Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power for PC on Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  20. ^ Kerr, Chris (August 24, 2015). "Trine 3 backlash puts future of the franchise in doubt". Gamasutra. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  21. ^ Pereira, Chris (August 24, 2015). "Trine's Future "Now in Question" After Criticism of Trine 3". GameSpot. Retrieved August 25, 2015.

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