Piranha Bytes’ Gothic Trilogy Getting Updated To Modern Society’s Standards (APRIL FOOLS)

With Piranha Bytes now working on Elex, the follow-up to their Gothic series, it seems that the beloved German game developer has decided now is the right moment to smooth over relations with their fans. In what is a welcomed about-face for the company, Piranha Bytes has made a public statement denouncing the portrayal of women in their games; something that has been a blemish on their reputation and a huge bone of contention among the company’s more enlightened fans for years.

In a press release today, Piranha Bytes creative director and Gender fluid advocate Xir Apeira Fultz addressed the community at large:

    “In the past 15 years since the original Gothic’s release, we here at Piranha Bytes have matured considerably, and due to this necessary intellectual evolution, we now look back at the way we portrayed females in our games and feel profoundly ashamed.”

Further in Xir release, Apeira mentioned Piranha Bytes would be working with GOG and Steam to modify their earlier releases to better fit in with their company’s new culture:

    “Not only did we barely include any females at all, but those we did were either prostitutes at the brothel, or slave girls servicing Gomez. We understand how problematic these games appear to be when viewed through the evolved and matured lens of our post-sexist, post-racist society and will be working to remedy this situation. To accomplish this, we will be temporarily removing all three Gothic titles from Steam and GOG until we have modified them to be more inclusive and less misogynistic. I’m sure our fans will agree that this is for the best.”

These modifications to Gothic 1 through 3 will include new gender options for the nameless hero, including, but not limited to, female, gender fluid, and trans. Xir Fultz also mentioned, via the forums, that shortly after the Gothic trilogy is brought back online, new DLC will be available that will unlock additional gender types for the hero such as Two-spirit and Non-binary.

Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  • dogmentation

    Nice Ruse Sirs

  • Belmont1

    I would have loved a Gothic 3 remake with modern graphics and a better combat system where you can’t be stunlocked to death by a wild boar.

  • Meittimies

    Happy April’s Fool’s day to Nichegamers staff as well!

  • Carl B.

    The 1.7 community patch was nice, but IMO, all it did was make it so enemies dodged back more. I finally did beat it a few years ago when that version came out, but yeah…that combat was broken. Killed what would have been an amazing game.

  • Master Bating

    Nearly had a heart attack.

  • MusouTensei


  • Dewey Defeats Truman

    Man I really shouldn’t be trying to read the internet when I’m too tired to properly process things on April Fool’s Day.

  • MusouTensei

    Finally I can be my gender fluid self in those games, now I just wish swords would be removed because they trigger me, one of my 5 parents identifies as sword and xerxexiramalamadingdong slightly disagreed with me once.

  • Belmont1

    The games was still awesome but fearing wild animals after taking on a huge demon threw me off a lot of times. Even with the patch. I had hope when Risen was released, then Risen 2 and 3 happened :(

  • SiliconNooB

    This is the Gothic Trilogy we deserve in [CURRENT YEAR]!

  • SiliconNooB

    Now you can be stunlocked by misogyny and unenlightened thought! :D

  • SiliconNooB

    Remove swords and replace them with dragon dildos!

  • CookieSoup

    The sad part is, with the amount of bullshit this industry is making me swallow lately, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell a joke from the real deal. You actually had me until I read “Gender fluid advocate Xir” and realized it was April 1.

  • Galbador

    Oh you magnific bastard lol

  • RetroGamer

    Oh, you bastard. You dirty, dirty bastard!

  • Madbrainbox

    They had a very competent combat system in the first 2 games.I wish they used that instead.

  • Why must you make me grumble with these April Fools jokes, Niche Gamer?