Risen 2: Dark Waters sets sail for Steamworks

The piratical action-RPG sequel will use Steamworks for copy protection on PC, publisher Deep Silver has announced. It's made by the folks who created Gothic.

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Piractical action-RPG sequel Risen 2: Dark Waters will use Steamworks for its copy protection on PC, publisher Deep Silver has announced. It'll be the only DRM used in both retail and digital copies.

Being a Steamworks games means that all copies of Risen 2 bought anywhere other than Steam, whether retail or digital, will need to be activated on a Steam account to play. After that, you won't need your discs, CD key, or anything again, as it'll be tied to that Steam account. Permanently tied. In return, you'll get auto-updating, achievements, and all Steam's other fancy features.

Deep Silver explained that it has "diligently reviewed many solutions in the last couple of years," judged by the following criteria:

  • Security: The copy protection scheme in question has to be very secure for the customer as well as the publisher.

  • Compatibility: The technology has to be compatible with all hardware components out there.

  • Comfort: The protection has to add value to the player aside to its protective behaviour.

  • Support: The technology has to provide us the means to help customers if the product is not behaving in the expected manner.

  • Reliability: The scheme has to be proven stable over multiple years and many products.

Risen 2: Dark Waters is developed by Piranha Bytes, the studio which created Gothic and made the first three games in the fantasy RPG series--not ArcaniA: Gothic 4. It'll swashbuckle onto PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Keep your eyes on the horizon, as there's no sign of a release date yet.

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    July 26, 2011 6:45 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Risen 2: Dark Waters sets sail for Steamworks.

    The piratical action-RPG sequel will use Steamworks for copy protection on PC, publisher Deep Silver has announced. It's made by the folks who created Gothic.

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      July 26, 2011 6:49 AM

      Deep Silver said "first half of 2012" when asked about release date: http://www.gametrailers.com/video/e3-2011-risen-2/715971

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      July 26, 2011 7:48 AM

      Had fun with Risen, but man o man was it quite rough around the edges >

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      July 26, 2011 8:49 AM

      Can't wait for this game. I loved the original and I'm a big fan of the Gothic series.

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      July 26, 2011 9:51 AM

      Definitely looking forward to this.

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      July 26, 2011 10:10 AM

      Can't wait. Risen was fun. Much better then Gothic 4.

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      July 26, 2011 10:28 AM

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      July 26, 2011 12:32 PM

      Bought Risen 1 during the last steam sale. Gotta say, I defeinitely won't be looking at Risen 2 if they don't completely revamp the combat system. What a terrible, terrible system. Its a cool RPG overall but the combat really ruined the experience. In contrast, as messed up as The Witcher 2's combat is, I still think it is the most ambitious and best RPG combat system going.

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        July 26, 2011 12:33 PM

        Bargh, Risen's combat system is great. Period.

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        July 26, 2011 1:13 PM

        What is "wrong" with it? I think it's really well done.

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        July 26, 2011 1:19 PM

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        July 26, 2011 4:31 PM

        I hated the combat in Witcher 2 but I didn't really mind it in Risen. I loved the combat in Witcher 1 though.

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      July 26, 2011 12:35 PM

      2012 :( , not to worry let it marinate for a long time till its ready.

      Can not wait.

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      July 26, 2011 12:46 PM

      Gothic made me scroll back up. Putting this on the radar.

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      July 26, 2011 4:43 PM

      I read this as The Pirates of Dark Water and made myself sad. :(

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