Gothic (series)

Gothic is an action role-playing game franchise, created and owned by Piranha Bytes.

Gothic series
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Developer(s)Piranha Bytes (2001–2006)
Trine Games (2008)
HandyGames (2008)
Spellbound Entertainment (2010–2011)
Publisher(s)Xicat Interactive (2001)
JoWooD Entertainment (2002–2011)
THQ Nordic (2011–present)
Creator(s)Piranha Bytes
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mobile phones, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
First releaseGothic
March 15, 2001
Latest releaseArcania: Gothic 4
October 14, 2010

The latest installment in the main series, Gothic 3, was published in 2006 by JoWooD Entertainment. The spin-off, Arcania: Gothic 4, was developed by Spellbound Entertainment and published by JoWooD Entertainment in 2010.[1]


Main seriesEdit


The first game of the franchise was released on March 15, 2001 in Germany, and on November 23, 2001 in North America.

The game takes place in a medieval fantasy world, in which humans are losing the war against the orcs. The hero, a young nameless man, is forced to work in the Penal Colony, because of his crimes. In order to continue the fight against the orcs, the king needs to extract magical ore and use it for weapons and armor. Every burglar, thief or criminal is sent in the Colony to work in the mines, by the king's order. To keep the prisoners inside, the king ordered 12 magicians to create a magical barrier over the colony. However, due to complications, the barrier trapped a much larger territory than originally intended, along with the 12 magicians and the king's forces. Thus the militia blocked inside soon lost control over the prisoners, and the king had no choice but to trade with the convicts. Soon after the convicts divided into several camps, one of which the Man can join in order to survive and advance the plot.

Gothic IIEdit

Gothic II is the second game in the Gothic franchise, released on November 23, 2002 in Germany, and October 29, 2003 in North America. It's the sequel to Gothic.

The game events continue the ones from the first Gothic - as the barrier was destroyed, many prisoners escaped; many of them headed to Khorinis with fake titles (since the militia started to search for the escaped convicts), and others remained in the mountains forming groups of bandits. But things aren't quite that good in Khorinis, as many thought - Xardas (the hero's mentor) informs him that a greater evil is now threatening the land - as The Sleeper was banished he made a last call to all his minions to gather in the Valley of Mines.

Gothic II: Night of the RavenEdit

Gothic II: Night of the Raven is the official expansion for Gothic II. It was released on August 22, 2003 in Germany, and on January 20, 2005 in North America as a part of the Gothic II Gold package.

The expansion introduces a new world to the game called Jharkendar which is located in the northeast of Khorinis. It is an ancient and deserted city, populated mostly by pirates and bandits.

The hero opens a portal to Jharkendar with the help of the Water Mages, and after getting there, discovers what threatens the island: Raven, a former ore baron in the Penal Colony who has sold his soul to Beliar, the god of darkness, and is hungry for power.

Gothic 3Edit

Gothic 3 is the third game in the Gothic franchise, and the official sequel to Gothic II. It was released on October 13, 2006 in Europe, and on November 20, 2006 in North America.

The third part of the saga shows the hero and his friends sailing to Myrtana. After getting there, they discover that the continent has been overrun by orcs which have enslaved mankind. The hero also gets another hint, when he finds out from locals that Xardas, his mentor, is the one who helped the orcs with their evil scheme. Things will change later, when the hero discovers Xardas and finds out that he only helped the orcs for his own purpose. He quests the hero to retrieve some artifacts and kill the king which had imprisoned him in the Colony; after that, they (Xardas and the hero) went together through a portal into an unknown land.

Gothic 3: Forsaken GodsEdit

Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods is the official standalone expansion for Gothic 3. It was released on November 21, 2008 in Europe and North America.

Two years have passed since the hero and Xardas went into the Unknown Lands. From there, they were watching over Myrtana - which was destroyed by wars between the factions. The hero could stand no more, seeing that the land for which he almost gave his life for was destroyed, and decided to return. Xardas refused to let him go and tried to explain that eventually mankind will tire of war and peace will prevail. The angered hero refused to listen, and after a great battle which almost killed him, returned to Myrtana to unite it. Eventually the hero will crown himself the new king of Myrtana.

Gothic 3: The BeginningEdit

Gothic 3: The Beginning is a role-playing mobile video game, produced by the German developer Handy-Games GmbH, and published by JoWooD Entertainment.

The action takes place 140 years before the events in the first Gothic game, on the island of Khorinis. Xardas (one of the main characters from the original PC Gothic series), an orphan, raised by farmers, is visited one night by the ghost of Buthomar. The ghost tells the young Xardas about an unknown threat and asks him to find "the other four Chosen Ones".


Arcania: Gothic 4Edit

Arcania: Gothic 4 was released on October 12, 2010 as the fourth game in the Gothic franchise. As of 2011, with the return of the Gothic rights to Piranha Bytes, Arcania has become an independent series, a spin-off from the original series.

In September 2014, Nordic Games dropped Gothic 4 from the game's title, with no statement being offered so far of why this action has been done, but left fans speculating that it may be related with Piranha Bytes getting back the rights to the Gothic series. Also all references that connected ArcaniA with the Gothic series have been removed from the game's description.[2]

Arcania: Gothic 4 is the first game in the series which will have a new hero. Also, it is the first game in the franchise which was released for two platforms: Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. While delayed, the game was also released for PlayStation 3. The fourth game was also being developed by a different company, Spellbound Entertainment.

The events in Arcania: Gothic 4 continue directly from Forsaken Gods. Arcania: Gothic 4 will introduce players for the first time to the Southern Islands. 10 years have passed; the self-crowned king has turned rogue and has destroyed/overrun parts of the Southern Islands. A new hero arises, after he finds his hometown destroyed by the evil king. Great threats await the new hero as he quests for revenge.

He eventually discovers during his quest for revenge that it wasn't the king who destroyed his village but a rogue element in his army and finds out that he is the only one who can put an end to the demon that was tormenting the king. In the end, after receiving his revenge, the hero also puts an end to the demon's possession of Rhobar but it is then summoned by enemies that were long since thought to have been defeated, thereby setting the stage for a possible sequel.

Arcania: Fall of SetarrifEdit

Announced by Spellbound and JoWooD on December 9, 2010, Fall of Setarrif is the first standalone addon for Arcania: Gothic 4, which was released on October 25, 2011 for PC and May 31, 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.[3]

Arcania: Fall of Setarrif ties up the loose ends of the main game's story and adds yet another chapter to the epic tale. After the demon that possessed King Rhobar III was exorcised, it made its way to Setarrif to find a new host. In Setarrif, which is cut off from the rest of the island, chaos and anarchy spread rapidly.

King Rhobar III is troubled by these developments and is afraid of losing the city and some of his companions, which are in Setarrif at that very moment. The nameless hero is therefore sent by the king and must journey to Setarrif… But he has no idea of what lies before him.[4]

Gothic Universe EditionEdit

In October 2007, JoWooD published Gothic Universe Edition, a collection pack containing Gothic, Gothic II and Gothic 3.[5] The Universe Edition was originally released only in Europe,[6] but was added to the Steam store in November 2010.[7]


Speculations on who has the rights for the Gothic series have made their way around since 2007 until 2011, when, Mike Hoge, co-founder of Piranha Bytes, Gothic's creator, stated that soon (after the release of their current game - Risen 2: Dark Waters) the rights for the series will return to Piranha Bytes, but avoided mentioning if they will develop another game within the series.[8]

Later in 2011 it was confirmed by JoWooD Entertainment that they only had rights for the fourth game in the series and the expansion. As such, the rights returned to its former developer - Piranha Bytes.[9]

As of December 13, 2019 new game's publisher and owner of Piranha Bytes, THQ Nordic announced[10][11][12] that their subdivision - THQ Nordic Barcelona is working on remake of first Gothic game. They also released its playable teaser on Steam for all owners of any Gothic, Risen or ELEX game.

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ [2] Archived September 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ "Gothic Universe Details and Credits". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Gothic Universe - PC". IGN. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Gothic Universe Edition on Steam". Steam. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  8. ^ "News: Gothic returns to Piranha Bytes?". Strategy Informer. Archived from the original on 2014-01-07. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
  9. ^ "JoWood's Stefan Berger on the rights to Gothic". World of Gothic. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
  10. ^ "THQ Nordic releases Gothic remake playable teaser to decide if it gets made". Games Radar. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  11. ^ "THQ Nordic launches a playable teaser for a potential Gothic remake". TechSpot. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  12. ^ "THQ Nordic releases playable teaser of Gothic Remake in Unreal Engine 4 that you can play right now". DSOGaming. 13 December 2019. Archived from the original on 12 January 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.