Ah Risen, we know ye barely. German developer Piranha Bytes first installment in the series was admired by many critics, it’s difficulty and depth alienated American audiences. Their pirate-themed Risen 2: Dark Waters tried to entice newcomers by taking a more accessible approach, only to be decried for abandoning what was best about the original. And so here we sit, with Risen 3: Titan Lords cresting the hilltop, ready for a heroic charge toward the American playerbase. They’ve gone so far, learned so much. I salute them.
And the trailer’s nifty too! Short, of course, but meant to illustrate the desperate action that sets the series apart from it’s peers. For a title that’s basically a more open-world Dark Souls in terms of grit and difficulty it’s surprising it never took off here. But maybe it will. Maybe these twenty-five seconds will be enough! Piranha Bytes promises a world full of “rugged charm” where every decision matters, though the specifics are still murky. If all this sounds enticing then you can head to their website here.