Gothic Playable Teaser Released

There is now a Gothic Playable Teaser on Steam, offering the chance to check out an experimental prototype of what could be a remake of the original Gothic using a modern engine. Or it could not, as THQ Nordic stresses they are putting this out there for player feedback, and they have no plans set in stone. This was developed by THQ Nordic Barcelona, and though this was not created by Piranha Bytes, it is being offered as a free download for anyone who already owns any of Piranha Bytes' games, including Gothic 1-3, Risen 1-3, or ELEX. Here's a trailer for the playable teaser, and here's another that compares the new prototype to the original Gothic to see where they are going with this. The teaser offers two hours of gameplay, and they say that if they decide to develop this as a full game, it will take "quite some time" for it to be completed. Here's more:
To find out what the true Gothic fanbase thinks of a modern remake of the cult classic RPG, THQ Nordic and it's new Spanish development team, THQ Nordic Barcelona, will start an experiment. Today, a free playable prototype (Gothic Playable Teaser) of what a new Gothic could look and feel like will appear in the Steam Library of everyone who owns a game from Piranha Bytes, be it Gothic 1-3, Risen 1-3, or ELEX. They can play the yet-untitled Gothic Remake project and roam around the Mining Colony of Khorinis. After that, THQ Nordic is eager to learn from the players through a survey following the completion of the prototype, whether and how it should proceed with the production of a full Gothic Remake, or leave the heritage and the great memories associated with it untouched.
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Dec 15, 2019, 11:14
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Frijoles wrote on Dec 14, 2019, 18:34:
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 14, 2019, 13:00:
I see Elex is on the cheap, what the audience take on it?

Can't fully rebind keys for some reason. I refunded it until they fix that (most keys can be rebound, but not some important keys, like 'E'). I don't anticipate it'll ever be fixed.

*Edit: might be fixable in a config file now. I may give it another go when the Christmas sale starts.

Yep, another fan fave is say you can rebind E, but it only works in game and not in menus where those are hard coded still to E. I just wanted to shout out to those kinds of special developers that do that.
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Dec 14, 2019, 22:31
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Dec 14, 2019, 22:31
 
If y'all already own a bunch (ideally all) of PB games on Steam then make sure you don't buy ELEX directly from its link but hit the Piranha Bytes & friends bundle. That will bring down the price some more. I got ELEX for only €12-something instead of €16-something because I already owned all other PB games.
That PB & friends bundle might actually be part of the current PB weekend deal. I'm not sure if this is a bundle deal that will return for the Xmas sale so it might make sense to buy the bundle before Monday.
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HorrorScope wrote on Dec 14, 2019, 13:00:
I see Elex is on the cheap, what the audience take on it?

Can't fully rebind keys for some reason. I refunded it until they fix that (most keys can be rebound, but not some important keys, like 'E'). I don't anticipate it'll ever be fixed.

*Edit: might be fixable in a config file now. I may give it another go when the Christmas sale starts.
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Dec 14, 2019, 15:00
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Dec 14, 2019, 15:00
 
I was passingly interested, but just watching it on youtube was plenty enough...

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Dec 14, 2019, 13:30
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HorrorScope wrote on Dec 14, 2019, 13:00:
I see Elex is on the cheap, what the audience take on it?
I liked it a lot, and it's a bit like the old Gothics in that you start out VERY squishy until you level up and get some help. Lots of quests, some story branch choices, etc., like a scifi Gothic.
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Dec 14, 2019, 13:00
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Dec 14, 2019, 13:00
 
Not alone in this, but the performance of these teasers for me are abysmal. This and System Shock, how can you really even enjoy it with such low performance? Some will tell me "alpha", but these are limited areas and imo they should be polished to get some better word of mouth and anticipation going. IMO these two are doing more harm than good. System Shock feels like it will be simply an updated version in gfx and controls, this here is a re-imaging with a lot of questionable choices, but really hampered by low performance, which I recall back in the day it was hard to get the Gothics to run well, so I see they decided to keep that feature, lol.

For me, I guess it won't matter as I'll judge the final products, but this new Teaser thing... coming off as limp to me.

I see Elex is on the cheap, what the audience take on it?
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Dec 14, 2019, 11:58
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Dec 14, 2019, 11:58
 
Playing the originals is fine today--the GOG versions all include relevant patching to enable the games to run in Win10x64; but I think the largest improvement comes through the D3d11 mod for both G1 and G2--its use is widespread today and graphically it makes all the difference, imo. It's nice to play @ 4k as the originals look really nice @ 4k with just a couple of texture & font mods. G3 is "OK" in most respects and has a very nice, final community patch (v1.75 IIRC)

But don't bother with G4, trust me...;) Although, to be fair, if you haven't played G1/G2/G3 already and you aren't familiar with these classics, you *might* like it, maybe, I suppose, possibly, could be...but probably not.
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Re: Gothic Playable Teaser Released
Dec 14, 2019, 11:48
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GOTHIC was amazing for it's time..truly an immersive, unique experience .
Clunky, rough around the edges but still an Epic time.

A remake is deserved... and needs to be done right.
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Dec 14, 2019, 10:14
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Dec 14, 2019, 10:14
 
Never played Gothic, but the graphics are pretty good, wtf are you guys smoking?
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Dec 14, 2019, 06:53
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Dec 14, 2019, 06:53
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Just tried it... No. Sorry, but no. The new "hero" is obviously made for consolero millennials, the savepoint shit makes it even more consolish... This is "Gothic PS4" (graphics made for PS3, though).
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Dec 14, 2019, 06:32
 
Wasn't janky controls one of the major criticisms of this game? Hope that gets a work over as so many do recommend the game.
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Re: Gothic Playable Teaser Released
Dec 13, 2019, 21:16
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Dec 13, 2019, 21:16
 
If I had to pick one game as my all-time favorite then it'd be the first Gothic (German version) so I'm definitely going to check out this demo though its look & feel deviates quite a bit from what "made" Gothic.

As far as a remake I am still looking forward more to the Gothic Reloaded fan mod which is still in development. I really hope those guys get a huge push of motivation from this remake and from the upcoming 20 year anniversary in March 2021.
One fine day I really want to replay the whole series back to back. The only thing that's been holding me back is the WIP Gothic Reloaded mod. Knowing my luck, I'd start a replay and a month later Reloaded finally comes out which would be just a li'l unfortunate after years of waiting .
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Dec 13, 2019, 21:02
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Dec 13, 2019, 21:02
 
One of the best rpgs I've ever played. I really hope this is a remake!
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Dec 13, 2019, 20:56
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Just reading about this possibility is giving me wood.
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Dec 13, 2019, 20:39
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Dec 13, 2019, 20:39
 
Nice. The sound bug made later replays of the original require a bit of a workaround. It will be nice to have a way to avoid that.
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Dec 13, 2019, 20:18
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Dec 13, 2019, 20:18
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Gothic is still one of my top 5 games and I'd buy this in a heartbeat. That being said, even the updated graphics still look pretty crappy. Come on guys, you can do better than that, a lot better. Looks like they're targeting console players instead.
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