Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is coming next year

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I like Frozenbyte's fairy tale Trine platformers an awful lot, so it was disappointing when Trine 3's interesting ideas failed to fully pan out. Luckily, and in spite of early doubts about the future of the series, it's not done after all. Today, the studio announced that Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is in the works and should be out next year. 

"Trine 4 is going to be the best in the series," CEO Lauri Hyvärinen said. "We have rekindled our love for the franchise, heard and seen the fan feedback, and our hearts are set on exceeding those expectations. Trine is back!"

Frozenbyte didn't say whether it will continue to pursue its 3D ambitions in the new game, or revert to the more familiar (and successful) 2D layout of the first two games. However, Christina Seelye, CEO of publisher Modus Games, hinted we should expect the latter, saying that Trine 4 "will be the game players have been asking for." 

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is slated to come out sometime in 2019. For now, there's a website with a newsletter signup link (and, sorry to say, not much else) at trine4.com.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.