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Gothic Forever: Piranha Bytes - the studio that gave the world the legendary RPG - is closing down

Gothic Forever: Piranha Bytes - the studio that gave the world the legendary RPG - is closing down
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The studio Piranha Bytes, known for its cult RPG series Gothic and Risen, found itself on the verge of closure. According to information from the Polish edition CD-Action, the company ceased operations at the end of June.

The reason for this step was a lack of funding. Even Embracer Group, which owns the studio, stopped supporting it. The developers were hoping for new investments until the last moment, but in vain.

CD-Action published photos of the deserted Piranha Bytes office, confirming the seriousness of the situation. There has been no official statement from the studio management yet. The last tweet was dated January 2024, where the team acknowledged the difficult situation but remained optimistic.

Piranha Bytes gave players unforgettable adventures in the worlds of Gothic, Risen, and Elex. Recently, the studio was working on a new project, but its fate is now in question. Interestingly, THQ Nordic still plans to release a remake of the first Gothic. However, the development is being handled by a different studio—Alkimia Interactive.

Despite the sad news, there is a ray of hope. Two Piranha Bytes veterans, Jennifer and Bjorn Pankratz, announced the creation of a new studio, Pithead. They intend to develop "exciting and fantastic indie games."

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