THQ Nordic is teasing a Nintendo Switch re-release of classic RPG Gothic
THQ Nordic is teasing an upcoming re-release for Gothic and its sequels, if some veiled Tweets are to be believed.
While THQ Nordic also currently has a full remake of Gothic in development at a newly found Alkimia Interactive, these teasers are for the original game, which was released in 2001 as a Windows exclusive. Developed by German studio Pirahna Bytes, Gothic is often considered a seminal entry in the WRPG genre, especially for those East of the Atlantic.
Last week, the official Gothic Remake Twitter account commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the original German release of Gothic with a Tweet showing a screenshot of the game. Not only does the screenshot show Switch button prompts, but the Tweet text isn't too coy, with an explicit "we decided to switch it up a little bit and tease something different."
Happy 22nd anniversary, #Gothic 1!— Gothic Game (@gothicthegame) March 15, 2023
On this day in 2001, the world was introduced to a game that would captivate players for years to come.
As a present for everyone, we decided to switch it up a little bit and tease something different. Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/VEbF9pYxuW
The same Twitter account actually made a similar tease several months ago, posting a screenshot of 2002's Gothic 2 on a Nintendo Switch unit with the text "May the coming years be full of surprises."
With the year coming to an end, we want to thank each and every single one of you for your overwhelming support. Gothic wouldn’t have become what it is today without all of you.— Gothic Game (@gothicthegame) December 30, 2022
Happy New Year, Nameless Heroes! May the coming years be full of surprises. pic.twitter.com/sgMNAtVwLs
There is precedent for such a re-release. While the game isn't quite as old as Gothic, THQ Nordic released a modern port of Piranha Byte's Risen earlier this year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It seems like Piranha Byte's debut franchise may be getting similar treatment in the future. While the teasers specifically indicate Nintendo Switch as a platform, such a re-release could easily be seen other other consoles as well.