Gothic Remake announced for PC and next-gen consoles
THQ Nordic has announced that they will move ahead in developing a Gothic Remake. This comes a few months after releasing a playable teaser late last year to gauge interest in such a project. The remake will launch for PC and next gen consoles, and THQ Nordic specifies it will not release in 2020.
While the Gothic series has historically been developed by German studio Pirahna Bytes, the remake will be developed by a new THQ Nordic studio established in Barcelona, Spain. Piranha Bytes, which is also a THQ Nordic studio, has plans to announce their current project this year.
THQ Nordic has released survey results surrounding the playable teaser, with more than 43 thousand participants offering opinions on various components to the teaser such as visuals, animation, sound, and controls. These survey results are offered both as a PDF presentation and as raw data for the public to peruse.
Find the press release in full below, which has links to the survey results.
Barcelona, Spain / Vienna, Austria, February 19th, 2020: Just a little over two months after releasing a playable teaser for the Gothic Remake and asking the players for their feedback, the answer is clear: The fans are up for a new "old" Gothic game and the vast majority (read: 94,8%) was in favour to develop a remake of the iconic German RPG Gothic, originally released in 2001.
Over 180.000 players have played the playable teaser so far. On the evening (CET) of February 16 2020, THQ Nordic took the survey offline, and hereby publicly releases the raw data of the survey, as well as highlight graphs. With more than 43.000 answered surveys and over 9.000 (yes, really!) reviews on Steam and various discussions on all social media platforms, there is enough data to check.
Eager to check for yourself? As we want to start a transparent and open production with the community from the very start of the project, we are happy to offer you the results of our survey in a neat PDF file or - for the people who really want to dig into the raw data - the entire dataset with all 43.111 participants included.
Next Steps for the Gothic Remake
THQ Nordic will establish a new studio based in Barcelona, Spain, and will then assess what players liked and what they want to be different than in the playable teaser. One of the most common mentions was for example the demand for a grittier and less colourful world.
"We are up for the challenge to develop a full Gothic Remake which will stay as faithfully as possible to the original experience and transport the atmospheric world of Gothic into a high quality look and carefully modernizing certain gameplay mechanics." says Reinhard Pollice Business and Product Development Director at THQ Nordic.
The full Gothic Remake will go into production and will be developed for PC and next gen consoles. There is no release window available yet, but it will not be coming in 2020.
You want to learn more about the Gothic Playable Teaser? Check the official website: https://www.gothic-game.com/