THQ Nordic Launches Experimental – And Playable – 'Gothic' Remake Prototype On Steam
If a studio wants to gauge whether or not there’s fan interest in a remake of a classic game, there are a couple options open to them. Kickstarter, for example, has launched the remakes of a few games. There’s always email surveys, though they often reflect more then passion of nostalgia than the desire to buy…
Then there’s the route THQ Nordic took, which was getting THQ Nordic Barcelona to fire up a remake of Gothic as a playable teaser and throwing it on Steam to see if people liked it.
Seriously, you can get it here – but if you own any games by Piranha Bytes (developers of the original Gothic games) on Steam it’ll be in your library already.
This is just a prototype, so don’t expect the full game – which was amazing for its time – but it’s a pretty solid look at what we’d be expecting if they do go ahead full bore on a remake of the game.
I was always a huge fan of the character creation/development systems in the Gothic games, so I’m on board for a remake. Give the prototype a shot and see if you are too.
Here’s a FAQ from THQ Nordic:
We know you must have a thousand questions– we’ll try to cover a few in this FAQ:
Q: Who is developing this project?
A: THQ Nordic Barcelona. You can find out more about the studio at www.thqnordicbarcelona.com (Hint: We are looking to grow our team)
Q: Is Piranha Bytes involved in the project?
A: No! Piranha Bytes is working hard on a different project, which will be announced in 2020.
Q: Wait, why can we only play two hours?
A: Because it’s just a prototype, done by a new small team in Barcelona and we wanted to do an unusual approach and give this into the hands of players early. What you are going to play is all we have to show you at the moment.
Q: Ok, got it. But if we want the full game, how long do we have to wait?
A: Quite some time. We will only start full production if the community demands a Gothic Remake. In order to do so, we will need to grow the development team and rebuild Gothic from scratch.
Q: This can become a remastered HD version of Gothic?
A: We’d like to call it a remake. We are using a completely new tech (Unreal Engine 4) and so basically nothing but the story, the setting, the atmosphere, the music and the world of Gothic will remain. The whole tech, all graphics, the sound, different systems will be recreated according to modern high quality standards.
Q: Can I buy the prototype?
A: Yes and no. Everyone who owns ANY game from Piranha Bytes will get it for free – so if you don’t have either Gothic, Gothic 2, Gothic 3, Risen, Risen 2, Risen 3 or ELEX you can buy one of them now and the prototype is also yours.