|
Your donations keep RPGWatch running!
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » Piranha Bytes - Gothic Interview @ Gothicz.net

Default Piranha Bytes - Gothic Interview @ Gothicz.net

April 6th, 2011, 20:33
Czech Gothic fan site Gothicz.net published an English translation of their recent interview with Piranha Bytes co-founder Mike Hoge. Most questions deal with specific Gothic and G2 topics, with a little excursion of to the business side of things. Hoge explains a couple of loose ends and design decisions in PB's trademark no-nonsense style. Nothing really new, but it's a good read for fans.
Gothicz.net: As we know, the magic barrier in G1 was created by twelve magicians plus Xardas. In the Colony we can find precisely the same count of them, however the fire mage Milten came in to the Colony after the Barrier was created. So we are missing one fire mage. It seems to me quite impossible, that you would overlook this disharmony. So what happened to this unknown mage?

Mike: The Magic barrier was created by 12 magicians, Xardas being one of them! When Xardas left the old camp, there were only 5 Mages left.. So they took Milten as an apprentice, when he was thrown into the prison after the barrier had been created. There is a dialogue in the game where one of the mages gets the numbers wrong. I think it was Saturas… I noticed that error, fixed it and some ex-team member of mine "fixed" it back because he didn't understand the background. There is no missing mage. The guy just messed it up
On a sidenote, Mike says the Gothic rights will return to PB:
Mike: We get the rights to Gothic back when we have finished Risen 2. Why? Because we did only sell them to our ex-publisher for a certain amount of time

Wise move.
This is the first time somebody from Piranha Bytes officially clarifies the rights situation. It's more than welcome to finally have official word on it.
Risen 2 is expected in 2011.
More information.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#1

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,881

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 20:33
So it's official now.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#2

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,881

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 20:51
That means we could actually see a real Gothic 4? How cool.
Roi Danton is offline

Roi Danton

Roi Danton's Avatar
Sentinel

#3

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Saarbruecken
Posts: 464

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 20:58
Great news!
bemushroomed is offline

bemushroomed

bemushroomed's Avatar
outlander

#4

Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 673

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:03
I guess this explains why Jowood was focusing on the "Arcania" part of the title and appears to be slowing phasing out the Gothic name out of the IP.

I wonder if this means they'll integrate Risen into the Gothic universe down the road

-Sergorn
Sergorn is offline

Sergorn

Watchdog

#5

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 207

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:17
Originally Posted by Sergorn View Post
I wonder if this means they'll integrate Risen into the Gothic universe down the road
Yes, if they are stupid.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#6

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,881

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:18
Originally Posted by bemushroomed View Post
Great news!
No, no news at all. The first time we reported this was back in 2007.

The new angle is that now PB actually confirms it.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#7

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,881

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:26
Interesting that only one of the original founders is still there. I wonder what skills left with the other three, if any.
Alistair is offline

Alistair

Sentinel

#8

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 416

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:36
nice he confirms that people enjoy having delusions about missing mages or templars in the case of gothic 3—peoples issues with not being able to give the 12th fire chalice away.
imagination is a terrible thing to waste—even worse to not have any in the first place

—-when we figure out how to build guillotines for corporations the new revolution will have begun—-
curious is offline

curious

curious's Avatar
liberty or license

#9

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: California
Posts: 1,386

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:44
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
Yes, if they are stupid.
Would it really be stupid though ?

I mean, Risen could already pass for a loose sequel to the Gothic games as it is.

-Sergorn
Sergorn is offline

Sergorn

Watchdog

#10

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 207

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 21:52
Originally Posted by Sergorn View Post
Would it really be stupid though ?

I mean, Risen could already pass for a loose sequel to the Gothic games as it is.

-Sergorn
When they have Gothic back they own 2 reasonably strong RPG brands. Merging them into one wouldn't make much sense. Two brands allows them to alternate between the two, or slowly cooking one game while the other is in full production, and it gives more safety in case one brand dies.

edit:
I just remembered that Deep Silver / Koch Media owns Risen. Another good reason to keep things separated.
Gorath is offline

Gorath

Gorath's Avatar
Prime Evil
RPGWatch Team

#11

Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,881

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 22:01
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
When they have Gothic back they own 2 reasonably strong RPG brands. Merging them into one wouldn't make much sense. Two brands allows them to alternate between the two, or slowly cooking one game while the other is in full production, and it gives more safety in case one brand dies.
Oh yes - the day PB starts being able to deliver both Risen and Gothic games.. I would be in CRPG heaven

Maybe with two established IPs they could even scale up a bit (not too much, we would always want their core talent to work on all PB games) so there wouldn't necessarily have to be 3+ years between their releases..
KasperFauerby is offline

KasperFauerby

Sentinel

#12

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 438

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 22:23
Originally Posted by Gorath View Post
When they have Gothic back they own 2 reasonably strong RPG brands. Merging them into one wouldn't make much sense. Two brands allows them to alternate between the two, or slowly cooking one game while the other is in full production, and it gives more safety in case one brand dies.

edit:
I just remembered that Deep Silver / Koch Media owns Risen. Another good reason to keep things separated.
This makes sense - but I'd have to wonder if PB would really have the manpower to handle both IPs at the same time.

It'd be a shame if PB gets the Gothic IP back and ends up not using it because they wouldn't have enough manpower to do both Risen and Gothic (and if Kosh Medie ownz Risen, I would assume they'd prefer PB to work on Risen instead of a new Gothic game)

-Sergorn
Sergorn is offline

Sergorn

Watchdog

#13

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 207

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 22:24
Get the party hats and confetti this is good news.
Now hopefully Risen 2 is better than all there other releases.

"It's quite simple my word is the law around here, and failure to comply means termination."

RPGWatch News Editor & Moderator
Couchpotato is offline

Couchpotato

Couchpotato's Avatar
Evil Potato Overlord
RPGWatch Team

#14

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Potato Land
Posts: 10,693

Default 

April 6th, 2011, 22:31
That is actually a very good read.
Very nice interview!

Exitus acta probat.
wiretripped is offline

wiretripped

wiretripped's Avatar
Machiavellian

#15

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Leuven, BE
Posts: 710

Default 

April 7th, 2011, 00:25
Aside from the introduction of a pirate theme in Risen 2, aren't the two franchises too similar (=not very distingishable from eachother) to really warrant one team working on both? Factions (Warrior, Thief and Mage) and game structure (chapters) are already very similar between Gothic I-II and Risen. And for Risen (I) the setting could have been in the World of Gothic. Why produce two similar franchises?

My guess is that going pirate (w. guns) is probably done in anticipation of down the line working (simultaniously with Risen) in the Gothic universe again. This way they'll have one franchise taking place in (a fantasy equivelant of) a later time period (15th-18th century) while Gothic takes place (technologically) in the middle-ages (11th-15th century).
JuliusMagnus is offline

JuliusMagnus

Indulgent Wastrel

#16

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 405

Default 

April 7th, 2011, 01:17
Originally Posted by Sergorn View Post
I wonder if this means they'll integrate Risen into the Gothic universe down the road
It looks more like they're developing Risen down another path, with the whole pirates and guns things, so that it is more distinct from Gothic as a franchise.
Brother None is offline

Brother None

Brother None's Avatar
SasqWatch

#17

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1,554

Default 

April 7th, 2011, 01:59
These guys were also responsible for gothic 3 so I'm not sure what to think we will get for a part 4.

If you don't stand behind your troops, feel free to stand in front.
rune_74 is online now

rune_74

SasqWatch

#18

Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 3,076

Default 

April 7th, 2011, 02:47
Gothicz.net: Could you please make clear the connection between the Undead dragon from G2 and the Nameless hero?
Mike: The Nameless Hero is the Avatar of Adanos. The Undead Dragon is the Avatar of Beliar, carrying the "energy" of the sleeper.
This solves an argument that lasted for years.

About him confirming the rights situation, I'd like a new Gothic by PB as much as anyone but until they actually say that I'm not getting excited.

I'd just like to interject here and point out that I'm not going to say anything to spoil the mood, Chief. I'll just float here and watch. Don't mind me, just sitting here, floating and watching, that's me.
Kostas is offline

Kostas

Kostas's Avatar
Dormant Watcher

#19

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dear Green Place
Posts: 1,655

Default 

April 7th, 2011, 05:19
Originally Posted by Brother None View Post
It looks more like they're developing Risen down another path, with the whole pirates and guns things, so that it is more distinct from Gothic as a franchise.
yes no pirates in my gothic please.
sakichop is offline

sakichop

SasqWatch

#20

Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2,338
RPGWatch Forums » Comments » News Comments » Piranha Bytes - Gothic Interview @ Gothicz.net
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +2. The time now is 16:27.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright by RPGWatch