Action RPG Risen 3: Titan Lords revealed

Piranha Bytes is working on the third Risen game.

A cover of an upcoming issue of German gaming magazine PC Games reveals that the action role-playing game Risen 3: Titan Lords is currently in development.

German developer Piranha Bytes, which is responsible for the previous Risen games and for the Gothic fantasy RPG series, is making Risen 3: Titan Lords as well. It follows 2012’s Risen 2: Dark Waters, which we thought cleverly mixed fantasy and pirate themes.

All Games Beta has also posted a few leaked screenshots from the game, which, if real, display graphics far superior to what we saw in Risen 2: Dark Waters.

The first Risen was released on PC and Xbox 360. Risen 2: Dark Waters was released on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Risen 3: Titan Lords is headed to the PC. Console versions have yet to be announced.

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101 comments
kutulu1
kutulu1

The first Risen was a great game until the end Boss fight; worst ending Boss fight ever. Loads of frustration with the floor disappearing on you in mid swing thus killing you...lol. I did not get the second one for that reason; just can't trust these guys.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

I have absolutely no idea how this developer still exists, but... I prefer another Risen instead of another FlappyBird or any sh*t like that.

KILLEDbCRITICAL
KILLEDbCRITICAL

It would be very nice to have a DECENT combat this time around, if it isn't too much to ask ??

Stiler
Stiler

I wish these guys (Piranha Bytes) would just drop the Risen games and make a new IP and allow you to make your own character. 


I loved the Gothic games (1 and 2) but never could get into Risen for some reason.

playstationzone
playstationzone

last game flop so why doing another becuase sold on pc.

Xatsuna
Xatsuna

Risen 2 was full of bugs. I played computer version. It had a lot of progression bugs.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Risen was GREAT!  I played it during a dry RPG period, and was thoroughly surprised -- I even immediately replayed it as another class for the opposing faction.


Risen 2, although I seriously appreciated their attempt to do something pirate-focused, just didn't work.  Let's hope they return to all the things that made the first one so great (particularly the whole "pure exploration" aspect).

bhmg
bhmg

i loved the first risen...risen 2 tough was RLY bad =/

Fursnake
Fursnake

Really? This series is still trying to rise above it's mediocrity?

robertcain
robertcain

Risen is one of those series which never quite makes the mark but always seems to keep bouncing back for more. Judging from the reviews (namely Angry Joe's) if I wanted a solid pirate game, I'd go and play AC4 instead.

namitokiwa
namitokiwa

Hope the animations of character not as bad as the past 2 games.

longestsprout
longestsprout

I love the fact that the leaked screenshot link opens up on a classic 8-bit pic.

Pelezinho777
Pelezinho777

I have played probably over a thousand of video games so far, and I can freely say that Gothic 2 is by far the best of them all. Some can praise it or objurgate, but it is an unique experience that none of the modern video games can boast of.

Computerlove
Computerlove

I loved Gothic 2. Hope Piranha Bytes will succeed again someday.

koospetoors
koospetoors

Cool, hope it ends up not being as terrible as the second one was.

tramadoler
tramadoler

Might be surprising for many English language speakers but they sold well in Germany, have a kind of cult following together with the Gothic series and here, PC is still the leading platform. True for some other continental countries aswell. I liked both Risen games but the combat system in the second one was really lame.

DragoBlade7
DragoBlade7

I've never played a Risen game before. This looks interesting, I might pick it up.

Dordledum
Dordledum

Risen 1 was awesome, played it a lot on the 360. Even dm-ed a pen-and-paper dungeons and dragons game based on it. 

Never played Risen 2 or the Gothics

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

I hope it's good but it probably won't be.  Ah well, no one else to blame but them.  Just make it good, so we can all win in the end.

naomha1
naomha1

Loved the first 2 Gothic games immensely. Then G3 hit and, while amazing to behold, was filled with so many bugs I had to install windshield wipers on my HDD. After the amazing effort by the modders on the Community Patch that fixed so many things, G3 is really, really nice to run now. The expansion for it was, ummm (scratches head trying to think of something nice), beyond crap. A new studio did it, then they ran the Gothic name into the ground with G4, which was so damn paltry and agonizing to finish. However, again, the modders came through and made another Community patch for the add on that made it amazing again. Risen 1 and 2, while adding some much needed depth to the series, didn't really fill the niche that PB had given us with the Gothic games. They weren't so open world as before and you couldn't really expand your character like in the Gothic games. The Gothic factions system, eat-sleep-work cycle was very, very good for when it was released. Added so much depth to the game.

 Anyway, I really enjoyed the past two Risen games. Very much, even though they seemed stinted in a lot of ways. They still had their own charm and ridiculous jumping to enjoy.  I really hope PB hits this one out of the park. Seriously. They've been at this a nice long time now and I would love to see them really explode onto the scene with Risen 3. More open world gameplaying, expanded character building traits and perks, expanded magic (definitely) and they'll be good to go. The graphics in the past two Risen games were far from ugly in my opinion, but a better engine definitely will do them well. Get rid of the ridiculous jumping animations, the mobs that can one or two hit you to death in the early stages, make the swordplay (or whatever) a lot better and more fluid and I'll buy it. If they brought back the combination kind of swordplay you could do in Gothic 2 I would be highly grateful. That was nice. Not perfect, but better than G3's or G1's. 

Setho10
Setho10

I played most of the first game until my hard drive died and Risen had no cloud save support. I tried installing the second game but even at the lowest settings in 800x600 it ran at like 20 fps so I gave up on that. Shame because I really wanted to play it after enjoying the first game.

jeremy-
jeremy-

Gothic was one of the first modern RPG franchises to do factions really well.


Both Gothic and Risen games have always lacked a bit of polish. Risen 1 had pretty nice depth and customisation... poor graphics and story... Risen 2 went backwards in depth but forwards in graphics and story.


I think these guys are worth supporting as give them a few more iterations and we might see them bring the quality up to the best in business.

robbiejones
robbiejones

didn't know these games were actually selling... things you learn then ey

R083R70
R083R70

Not the greatest RPG out there but I really liked Risen and gaming can never get enough fantasy RPG's in my opinion.


Hopefully Pirannha hits their stride with this entry. 

elbauto
elbauto

More than Risen 1 and less than 2 please!

Vexov
Vexov

wtf is Risen?

Tripwolf
Tripwolf

Risen series is awesome.

Dovahkyon
Dovahkyon

how are they still in business?

weakan
weakan

another one xD....haven't they learned from the previous two game v.v, it's a miracle it made enough money for a third installment...kinda impressive really:o.....seriously, i mean it xp

Assimilat0r
Assimilat0r

Of course PC exclusive, or maybe if worms beg , we gonna port.   PC glorious master race.

KiLLLeR150
KiLLLeR150

That's cool, but I'd think it'd be better if they made another Gothic game since they have the rights back.

Slyster1181
Slyster1181

@KILLEDbCRITICAL  That would be a tall request considering a Piranha Bytes game with decent combat has never been made. As many things the first 2 Gothic games were good at it was still weighed down by terrible combat mechanics.. Gothic 3 was even worse and Risen 1 continued the horror show. I played Gothic 1-3 a lot and Risen 1 some and by then I had enough of it so I skipped Risen 2 entirely.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@robertcain Only the 2nd was a pirate game.  The first was a pure open-world ARPG in a rather tropical location.  Nice default difficulty setting, too -- solid combat engine.

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

@namitokiwa That's for sure -- the environments were nice, but the models, voice acting, and animations were, um.... "indie".  Gameplay was stellar -- like a true Gothic sequel or something.

smaloki
smaloki

@longestsprout  I love the fact that most (if not all) of these "screenshots" look a lot more like concept art than actual screenshots. ^^

koospetoors
koospetoors

@Dordledum  You should really consider giving the second Gothic a go, its hard as hell at first (seriously, even wolves murder you without much effort in the beginning) but just everything about it is masterfully done and you truly feel a rewarding sense of progression as you learn how to properly wield a sword and later on get better gear and all that.

northArrow
northArrow

@weakan Welcome to gaming in the next gen, milk a franchise even after its dry

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Assimilat0r

Risen 3? Dude, I play mostly on PC, own a console, but who the heck would beg for Risen 3? In fact, it's a miracle they even decided to shove money into making this.

Daian
Daian

@KiLLLeR150  what? Since when? The new owners butchered the series, are u sure?

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

@Slyster1181 @KILLEDbCRITICAL  I actually thought Risen combat was pretty cool. Got pretty complex as you unlocked more of the sword skills. The only problem I had was that it was horribly slow (animation? responsiveness? can't remember) so you never felt completely in control.

namitokiwa
namitokiwa

@Pyrosa @namitokiwa  yeah, this is a next-gen time, not the old-gen anymore. But looking at the animations of Dragon Age 2, The Witcher 2 or even the Skyrim without mods. This series has the most bad animations ever even the graphic looks so nice. If they want to make a good Risen, they should try to fix all those small things but neccessary, especially the voice acting and gameplay. I feel uncomfortable when seeing my main character swaying the swords such as some drunk man and the looks of my main character is so dumb. They should fix it. 

naomha1
naomha1

@northArrow @weakan  The Risen franchise is far from dry. All of the Gothic games and the Risen games did very, very well in the European countries. They dig their German rpgs. A lot. The Risen games were not bad. As a previous poster said, they just lacked a bit of polish. Their not AAA studios, and for what they have and what they work they, I think they do a pretty fair job at it. 

naomha1
naomha1

@Daian @KiLLLeR150  Yeah, PB has the rights. JoWood only had the rights for the 4th game and expansion and then they reverted back to PB. SUPPOSEDLY, PB has been working on a secret game since 2012 and a LOT of people think its a Gothic 5 game. We'll see though.

smaloki
smaloki

@naomha1 That "secret game" is most certainly Risen 3. I don't think PB can develop two games at once, they lack the resources.