Risen developer Piranha Bytes announces Elex, an open-world sci-fi RPG


Piranha Bytes, the developer of the Gothic and Risen RPG games, has announced that its new project is an "Eclectic, Lavish, Exhilarating, Xenial open-world RPG" called Elex.

"Elex is a handcrafted action role-playing experience from the award-winning creators of the Gothic series, set in a brand new post-apocalyptic science fantasy universe that puts players into a huge, seamless game world full of original characters, mutated creatures, deep moral choices and powerful action," the press release states.

That's really all there is to go on at this point, although Piranha Bytes Game Director Bjorn Pankratz said Elex will be a "completely new game experience with a fresh setting, new assets and plenty of possibilities." I'm assuming those differences will be in contrast to the studio's previous series, both of which were relatively conventional fantasy action-RPGs.

Piranha Bytes isn't BioWare or Bethesda, but it's been making RPGs for close to 15 years and has created some interesting stuff, so I'm really looking forward to finding out what it's got in mind for "science fantasy." We could be waiting awhile for that, though—Elex isn't expected to be out until late 2016 or early 2017. In the meantime, you can follow along at Elexgame.com.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.