there were actually cannons in gothic 2, wierdly enough cause they just sat on the walls and were never a part of the story or anything
We take our first look at Piranha Bytes' sequel to Risen and the spiritual successor to the Gothic series.
If there's a better reason to attend the 2011 Game Developers Conference than the opportunity to take a first look at Gothic developer Piranha Bytes' role-playing sequel Risen 2: Dark Waters, we don't want to hear it. This sequel takes the high-fantasy world of Risen, which took place on a besieged island, and will become a full-on, full-fledged, full-featured, full-monty pirate role-playing game, where you play not only as Piranha Bytes' established "Hero" character, but also as a seafaring adventurer in a fantastic age of sail.
Risen 2 takes place some in-game years after the events in the first game. Specifically, the Hero has vanquished the powerful titan monster that threatened his island home after first defeating the evil inquisitor and claiming the villain's magical eyepatch--an artifact that let the Hero identify the titan for what it was--a malevolent creature disguised as a natural disaster. Unfortunately, bigger problems are afoot--other titans are awakening near other islands in the area, and worse yet, hideous sea monsters have emerged from the deep, completely disrupting trade routes and generally causing the few survivors who exist in the world to be very, very grumpy.
And as it turns out, the Hero is the grumpiest of all. In a first for a Piranha Bytes game, the Hero does not suffer from amnesia and does remember his hard-fought battles and narrow escapes perfectly well, thank you very much. However, his cool reception by an unappreciative populace has made him bitter and frustrated, though he still seeks to save the world by finding some means to rescue the other islands from their impending doom.
While we took our first look at the game during a hands-off demonstration session, Piranha Bytes representatives took a great deal of time to address the specific complaints from Risen's fan community, including bland-looking character models, flat-looking environment textures, a lack of variety in enemies to fight, and technical problems in the console versions. The studio is addressing every single one of these concerns by creating highly detailed character models with varied animations and modular apparel that can be more easily mixed and matched, enhanced environment texturing that makes the environments seem much more realistic, simultaneous PC and console development to ensure all versions of the game are created in lockstep, and lots of new enemies to populate the islands.
Yes, islands. While the first game took place on a single landmass, Risen 2 will take place across a series of different islands. The developer isn't commenting on exactly how your swashbuckling pirate Hero will make his way between these beleaguered areas, but given that Piranha Bytes suggests that the game will be "the perfect pirate RPG," it's not hard to guess how you'll be getting from point A to point B. And you won't be going it alone, either; like in Risen, you will from time to time have companions join your side. At least one of the companions will be a mysterious woman practiced in the dreaded art of voodoo magic. This character appears in one of the game's early video trailers and rescues the Hero by means of a voodoo doll and a lit match, just as he's about to be finished off by a group of attackers.
We then took a brief look at a pre-alpha version of the game in motion and found it to already look considerably better than the previous game. In addition to featuring beautiful water effects (which allow for underwater vegetation and darting schools of fish), Risen 2's environments seem highly detailed and will be populated by townspeople who have their own daily schedules and tasks that they'll attend to whether or not you happen to be in the area.
The game is still very early in development but already looks extremely promising. Risen 2 will offer better graphics, a bigger world, and an all-new story. The game will be released later this year.
awesome there hasn't been a decent pirate game in a really long time, this kinda looks like what i wanted two worlds to be like, minus the medieval feel. Risen seemed like it was rushed and poorly tested but regardless i enjoyed what little it had. so the sequel won't be anything but an improvement.
I have to be honest, I wasn't the most impressed with Risen 1. I say that because although it had me absolutely hooked by the end of it (and definitely wanting more), it took too long to get into, due in part to the fact that I didn't connect with the character I was playing, and the combat system wasn't the best. Hopefully if they fix those things (and add more sets of armor and customizable aspects to the game), then this will be an excellent sequel.
Risen 1 was disturbingly good, especially when compared to Gothic 3. I'm looking forward to this game.
Gothic 1 & 2 were definitely the best RPGs ever made so far, as they had enough to do for a high replay value but too little to get sandbox-like (like oblivion and morrowind). The only thing I didnt like about risen 1 was that it was too small and short... comparing it to gothic 1 & 2 you will notice both of those had more chapters, and imo the chapter lengths were rather similar. I liked risen 1 for everything else, so as long as they just make this one longer it will be good.
I loved Risen so I'm really looking forward this game. Gothic 4 was a big disappointment so I'm glad Piranha Bytes is making this game.
great. this really made me happy unfortunately gothic 4 disappointed us,i'm sure this will filling the gaps in gothic 4 as it did in risen 1 !
Risen was one of the best games , it was as good as dragon age in my opinion . I hope this time gamespot will give Risen 2 a proper rating
Risen on 360 was not a good port, I hope they really are going to put the effort into the console version, I felt so ripped off after buying Risen for 360
quote: Targzissian Posted Mar 6, 2011 1:23 pm GMT "The game is still very early in development... The game will be released later this year." Isn't that a contradiction? I'm suspicious of any RPG that can be completed in less than two or three years. I'd rather have a highly polished experience without quest bugs and graphical glitches, thank you very much. Excuse me, but they have been working on this new game since the release of the original Risen 2 years ago, thank you very much. The release date is still uncertain, by the way. It's only a guess at the moment.
Don't really like the pirate concept, but the first one was ok so this one should also be worth while.
Guns?Pirates?Any other developer making such big changes to an IP and I'd be worried.PB says "walk the plank" and I get excited and ask "will there be sharks?"
"The game is still very early in development... The game will be released later this year." Isn't that a contradiction? I'm suspicious of any RPG that can be completed in less than two or three years. I'd rather have a highly polished experience without quest bugs and graphical glitches, thank you very much.
I liked the first one but this one: I dont think many will like this one too bad the developers have made it a pirate game. Iide like the game will continiut from the prevouse one, not to chnage into another diffrend game
Looks interesting. Risen wasn't the best game ever but it's island was spectacularly well made. I've yet to play another game that achieved quite the same feeling of exploring a jungle. It felt like there were so many nooks and crannies
I hope more islands means more varied environments. Risen had a gorgeous island, but the environments were not as varied as they could be. Adding the guns to the game doesn't seem like a bad idea either, because the medieval setting was getting tedious. It seems many years have passed in the world of Risen (just look at the hero, his older face and his blind eye) and naturally, their worlds has gone through a renaissance.
OdinssonThor Don't worry about guns. Everything will be fine. ;) By the way real life pirates had guns, so it would be only fair to give them the guns in game as well. Check Captain Morgan on the rum bottle and you will see pistol behind his belt. ;)
@OdinssonThor, as far as I understood you're saying that guns will ruin the gameplay. Think of the crossbows that PB games had previously. I think they will use similar combat system with guns in Risen 2, at least I hope so :)
Pirates? guns?...lol this used to be medieval!!!! they just have to crap all over it...Gothic 1&2notr and Risen were cool...but guns!!!! no not for me...it's like Skyrim having guns all of a sudden!!!
Very early in development? Piranha Bytes said Risen 2 was 80% done. The game will most likely to be released this year.
My favorite gothic maker is back with risen 2,(gothic 1-3 only,NOT gothic 4 Please), this year is great, first i heard ES5 Skyrim, then risen 2, i will buy them both!! this game remind me of cooking raw meat at camp fire & drinking booze.
wow.....the spiritual successor 2 d gothic series has again Risen.......and this time frm Dark waters....lol. graphics n plot of various islands sounds quite good.
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