Meh. Nothing I've seen of this has made me hopeful. They've reduced the combat to button-mashing, let you join every faction and have apparently dumbed down the skills. I'm much more interested in Risen 2.
Ugh, the enemy attacks in Arcania are so painfully slow and predictable too. I don't see how anyone could actually get hit unless they were AFK. Combat in Gothic 1 and 2 was intense because enemies were quick and could pull off combos that would kill you instantly. Your blocks and dodges had to be perfectly timed and positioning was key as well, since being surrounded was basically guaranteed death. You really had to be careful and learn the attack patterns of each enemy.