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January 27th, 2013, 16:25
From World of Risen comes this sad news: Alex Brüggemann, one of the co-founders of Piranha Bytes passed away last week:
In the night from Saturday to Sunday, [last week] Piranha Bytes co-founder Alex Brüggemann died in presence of his wife and mother. Alex Brüggemann was one of four founders of Piranha Bytes and thus, one of the spiritual fathers of the Gothic series. As Ralf Marczinczik wrote in his blog, Alex was diagnosed with cancer about three years ago. It appears he now succumbed to this dreadful disease.The World of Risen mourns with the family and friends of Alex and wishes them all the best and the strength to see through these difficult times.
For sone reason, I can't use the ü-letter in the newsbit title - sorry for the inconvenience.
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January 27th, 2013, 16:25
Rest in peace, Alex Brüggemann.
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January 27th, 2013, 16:46
How awful

Part of such a strong company - he must have been quite the developer.
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January 27th, 2013, 17:10
I modified the headline. Add an "e" if umlauts don't work.

Mr Brüggemann stayed with their mother company after the crash between Gothic and G2. In later years he worked as lead designer on a couple of Settlers games for Ubisoft / Blue Byte. RIP.
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Thank you for Gothic and more…

According to elind from WoG he wished "Game Over" as inscription for his gravestone.

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January 27th, 2013, 18:11
Very sad to hear. The Gothic games will always have a special place in my heart. RIP.
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January 27th, 2013, 19:06
RIP, he helped bring a great deal of gaming pleasure to many people.
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January 27th, 2013, 19:25
Sad news indeed, however thank you for sharing it Aries100.

RIP Mr Bruggerman, thank you for your contribution to PB.
Condolences to your friends and family.

I shall now listen to the Gothic soundtrack as a tribute. Long live the nameless hero.
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January 27th, 2013, 19:29
So sad. Rest in peace.
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January 27th, 2013, 20:06
Condolences to family and friends. It's always sad when a talent that has touched the lives of people passes on. I know that I have spent many hours of my own life with his works.
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January 27th, 2013, 20:45
G 1, 2, and 3 -- Priceless. Thanks.
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January 28th, 2013, 04:11
Having just completed G2 and now experiencing G3 for the first time, this is tragic news to me. Thank you for sharing, Aries. This is also a bit of a blow as my family tree has also had a history with cancer (what Alex died of).

Rest in peace, Alex Brüggemann. Best of wishes to your friends and family. Thank you for the wonderful games and experiences over the years.
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January 28th, 2013, 12:04
I wasn't familiar with the name Alex Bruggeman prior to this news, but as a huge fan of Piranha Bytes, I'm saddened to hear about this.
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January 28th, 2013, 13:02
That's sad, he can't have been very old. Piranha Bytes are a great company, and it was great to see such a fun series as the Gothics being made in my home country. R.I.P.
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