Risen will ask players to rise against destiny. It will be an fantasy themed game based in the genre of action role playing game. Development is under Piranha Bytes, German company famous for Gothic series. The game will be published by Koch Media’s game label Deep Silver. Deep Silver previously developed game for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Wii. Games developed by Deep Silver include some of the fines games like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, Cursed Mountain, Warhammer: Mark of Chaos and many more. Risen is set to release on October 2, 2009. Platforms chosen for the release of the game includes Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. Development of the PC version is under Piranha Bytes and the Xbox version is outsourced to an experienced console team underneath the control of Piranha.
Game starts and the protagonist of the game is shipwrecked after a storm on the island Faranga. This Island is home to an active volcano. Recently ruins of an ancient temple have risen from the ground and may types of bizarre creatures infested island. Perilous of all everybody is forbid to leave the city of the island, because of the inquisitions. The island Faranga is specially created for the game. Location for the island is 21’19’ North 157’50’ west. In real life it will be somewhere in the Oceania and thus having tropical climate. However, it is described as Mediterranean island with dissimilar vegetations zones and sub-climates on the Official Risen Blog. Weather conditions on the island varies and it will also feature day/night cycle. Temple ruins risen from the ground are scattered throughout the island. These structures will offer access to the underground structures such as dungeons and catacombs. These structures are often found to be interconnected. There are many human settlements on the island. Faranga is occupied by humans along with some creatures still to be explained by the developers. Humans and these creatures both will have magical powers.
Initially the island will be locked and very few areas will be left open to explore. All the areas of the island will be unlocked as the game advances. Developing team also say that they bare working on easter eggs or secret games. Videos of the gameplay were leaked on Youtube. According to these videos player can access through classes, as well as weapons and fighting styles. Developers Piranha Byte cleared that the leaked video features the beta phase of the game. They further added that since the beta phase the game went under heavy changes and it doesn’t resemble any of the leaked videos of the game. To make the game famous many trailers of the game were released online by Deep Silver. One of the famous trailer features portions of the Nightwish song “The Poet and the Pendulum”. A demo like preview called as The Risen Experience can be played on the official Risen website. A more trailer with more expansive gameplay demo is under development. The name Risen is given may be because of the structures Risen on the island, that makes it look differently.