Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power has just been released and a number of gamers complained about the game’s length. Therefore, Frozenbyte decided to shed some light on how much the game actually cost, and what was the team’s initial plans.
As Frozenbyte claimed, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power Cost cost $5.4 million, nearly triple that of Trine 2. And in order to realize its original vision, Frozenbyte would need at least $15 million.
“Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power has ended up costing nearly triple that of Trine 2 – over 5.4 million USD. We have squeezed everything we could into the game, there’s nothing left on the table. We initially had a much longer story written and more levels planned, but to create what we envisioned, it would have taken at least triple the money, probably up to 15 million USD, which we didn’t realize until too late, and which we didn’t have.”
Frozenbyte concluded that even though it was not able to fulfil its vision, it’s still proud for Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power as it offers around 6-7 gameplay hours.
“The finished Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power game might not be as long as we hoped initially, but something we are very proud of nonetheless, and generally around 6-7 hours is what we think new players will spend with the game on average.”
Do also note that Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power was self-founded by Frozenbyte, something that basically explains the trouble this indie studio faced while creating this beautiful game.