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The promising RPG from Gothic maker Piranha Bytes.

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Risen 3 announced for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, due August

Risen 3 announced for PC, PS3, Xbox 360, due August

Near Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Witcher 3.

Not everyone's jumping on the next-gen bandwagon: just announced RPG threequel Risen 3, due August, will be a PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 game.

Developer Piranha Bytes is promising freedom in exploration and a hand-crafted world.

The game's full name is Risen 3: Titan Lords, and it spins the story of a world abandoned by the gods, where a young warrior is attacked from the shadows and loses his soul. His quest to retrieve it will also be yours.

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Risen 2: Dark Waters Review

Risen 2: Dark Waters Review

Splash damaged.

Since time began, Piranha Bytes' RPGs have always had one thing in common. They are "interesting", much as Oblivion was less "interesting" than Morrowind, and sipping coffee is less "interesting" than drinking Mr. Muscle. A peek at Piranha Bytes' releases reveals games that are ambitious, rickety and, above all, kind of a dick.

Their attitude is that players should be set free not just to explore, but to make their own mistakes or tell their own story at the expense of the plot. Most recently, 2009's Risen dropped you like an amoral alka-seltzer into a world full of competing factions, where you could not only pick a fight with any NPC, but if you defeated them, you'd get to make that final, fatal call of whether to help them up or deliver a lackadaisical killing blow (which returns in Risen 2).

In the end, Risen wasn't a wise purchase due to writing, voice-acting, balance, combat and bugs that meant it was about as stable as a three-legged giraffe - but like that same giraffe, it had heart. It was the same story in the slightly more hardcore Gothic games before that - which, among other things, made Orcs a faction with their own culture and motives that you could actually side with. Talking to the monsters! Good stuff.

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Deep Silver confirms Risen 2 console release delay

Deep Silver has confirmed the month-long delay of promising RPG Risen 2 on PS3 and Xbox 360.

But on PC, Risen 2 will still be released on 27th April. You'll be able to get the game digitally and, in some territories, in shops.

On PS3 and Xbox 360, Risen 2 will be released on 25th May. That's the European date. The US date is 22nd May.

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Risen 2 release date delayed - report

Risen 2, the promising pirate RPG by Gothic creator Piranha Bytes, has been delayed from April to May, according to a new report.

In Europe, the new date is 25th May. In the US, 22nd May - according to YouGamers.

The old date was 27th April.

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Risen 2: Dark Waters release date announced

Risen 2: Dark Waters release date announced

Pirate RPG out April 2012.

Risen 2: Dark Waters launches on 27th April 2012 in Europe and 24th April in the US, Deep Silver has announced.

In August Deep Silver revealed plans to ship one million units of Risen 2 around the world during the first half of 2012.

Risen 2 is set several years after the end of Risen. Titans have devastated the world and pushed humanity to the brink of existence. Creatures have emerged from the sea and stopped poor boats from doing their business.

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Risen 2: Dark Waters Preview

The history of gnomes in games is, like gnomes themselves, short and pathetic. Gordon Freeman's got fired into space, then reappeared as Gnome Chompski in Left 4 Dead. Bully's idle fisher gnomes got smashed to dust so Jimmy could wear a gnome suit. WoW's gnomes are basically wannabe hobbits. And Risen? Risen turned our beloved garden ornaments into grotesque fat pig-goblin-thieves which you slaughtered by the hundred.

So, oddly, some of the developer's concern in RPG Risen II has been about gnomic rights. The sequence we saw, when it didn't feature 20 foot high mystical monsters or someone stealing a galleon, focused on the gnomes, their language and their fundamental aboriginal humanity - they're not monsters, they're not stupid, they've just been brought up in a primitive, alternative culture.

Not that the first game's massacre leaves you grinding your gnashers with guilt in this game. They're still not totally sympathetic individuals, though their thievery is now justified; apparently, each gnome is hunting for the object that will guarantee them access to the afterlife, essentially a fetish (in the old sense). Though, of course, this newfound character complexity isn't restricted just to gnomes. Your hero is a tortured soul too, poor thing.

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Why Gothic dev Piranha dumped JoWooD

And what happens next for the Gothic IP.

Gothic 3 scored only 8/10 because developer JoWooD "forced" the game's release when it was "not ready", developer Piranha Bytes has revealed to Eurogamer.

Why Risen 2 will be better

Piranha Bytes.

You should pay attention to Risen 2. Granted, fantasy role-playing game Risen 1 was awful on console and only decent on PC. But from the outset the game was a modest attempt by Piranha Bytes to find its feet after acrimoniously splitting with JoWooD, the long-time publisher of its Gothic games.

Risen 2 confirmed for PlayStation 3

Risen 2 confirmed for PlayStation 3

But when will it launch?

Fantasy role-playing game Risen 2 will launch for the PlayStation 3 as well as the PC and Xbox 360, Eurogamer can reveal.

The first game released for the PC and Xbox 360 only.

Unfortunately we still don't know whether the Piranha Bytes-developed game will launch this year or next. "We don't have a release window yet but I can confirm it's Xbox 360 and PS3," a spokesperson for publisher Deep Silver told Eurogamer.

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First Risen 2: Dark Waters details

First Risen 2: Dark Waters details

Pirate theme, 80 per cent done.

German developer Piranha Bytes has updated the Risen 2 website and revealed the game's subtitle: Dark Waters.

According to translation work by forum posters on NeoGAF, Risen 2 is the first Piranha Bytes game with guns. You play a nameless hero living in a small harbour village called Caldera. We're promised a more complex story with multiple consequences of your decisions. There's a pirate theme.

You're able to travel between islands on a boat, and the game world itself is bigger than that of the first game. Animation is said to be motion captured and faces more realistic. The game is 80 per cent complete.

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