So without a proof, yes you would need to buy the game again. However it's currently on sale on GOG.cm
if you're interested.
As I said, I do have the disk; it's required for the disk check DRM Frozenbyte implemented into the initial release. Hopefully, whomever answers my email will have some coupon codes for GOG or HumbleStore available. If I have to buy another copy of a game I already own just to remain DRM-free and get patches, Frozenbyte will have lost me as a customer.
I continue to be disappointed by Frozenbyte's decision-making:
1. A Steam-free, DRM-free version of Trine 2 for Windows took far, far too long to release.
2. Frozenbyte needs to work on their advertising. I had no idea Trine 3 had even been released until visiting the forum for this situation. I don't read gaming websites (e.g., IGN) and I don't use Steam. However, I do read the news on several tech/gaming sites (e.g., Ars Technica). So, tell me, how do you market
to people like me? You are missing a large demographic of people who could be playing your games...if they knew about them.
3. There was obviously some serious budget mismanagement for Trine 3. Not to mention the transition to 3D was entirely unnecessary
. Trine 1 and 2 were a beautiful
side-scrollers. This mechanic made them unique and nostalgic, as side scrollers aren't very common these days. It separated Trine from so many of the other games out there. With the transition 3D, you lost what Trine was known for. Word of advice: don't mess with a good formula.
4. This situation with no longer hosting patches for Trine released on disk is ridiculous, and amounts to a forced "upgrade" (*cough* Windows 10 *cough*). Customers shouldn't have to contact you like this. BioWare is far from an ideal game house at this point and they still host all patches for Mass Effect 1, ME2, Dragon Age, etc, despite moving to Origin.
5. I haven't tried Shadwen, yet. I may or may not. I will say this, though: a permanent escort quest? Has anyone there played WoW? I've watched game footage, so I realize the implementation isn't the same, but I'm not sure that's the best concept to build an entire game on. After missteps with release for Trine 2 and Trine 3, I don't think Frozenbyte can't afford many more.
After reading up on the debacle surrounding Trine 3, I will say this: yes, there certainly should be a Trine 4. It should be about the length of Trine 2, revert to being a side-scroller, have skill trees to encourage variations in play style, and have something of a tidier ending. In other words, the game everyone expected Trine 3 to be.