While Playstation 4 owners will have to buy an entirely new copy of Piranha Bytes’ Risen 3 to enjoy the new enhanced visuals its receiving, PC gamers are considerably more lucky. According to a Steam community post, a patch is now online that will allow current PC owners of the game to enjoy the new enhanced edition content for free.
- …now that we have your attention with our terrible pun, today we’d like to announce that, courtesy of a free automatic update for those who already have the game in their library, we’re bringing a slew of visual enhancements to Risen 3: Titan Lords for players running the game on a 64-bit Operating System –
- – Improved texture resolution for items, objects, foliage, terrain, particle effects, characters, monsters and other in-game models.
- – Improved draw distance & viewing ranges
- – Larger caches leading to smoother frame-rates & less LOD streaming
- – The introduction of new state of the art post-process effects such as bokeh depth of field and HDR bloom
- – Addition of a new physically based, more visually realistic cloud rendering technique that adds even more spectacular skies and sunsets to the dynamic day-night cycles.
- For those of you yet to own Risen 3: Titan Lords, fear not: if you’re running on a 64-bit OS then you’ll automatically receive the 64-bit version of the game upon purchase. Due to the fact that the above improvements are only possible through the extra bandwidth switching to 64-bit affords us, those of you running on a 32-bit OS & purchasing the game will receive the original 32-bit version, which will of course update automatically should you ever move to a 64-bit OS at a future point.
- In addition any DLCs that you have previously purchased (or may purchase in future) will obviously also function in the 64-bit version and all save games & previously obtained Steam achievements will also transfer from the 32-bit version to 64-bit version.
This is great timing, since it wasn’t too long ago that the entire Risen series was 80% off on Steam; a move that brought quite a few new fans into the fold.
As for what’s next for Piranha Bytes, it’s doubtful we’ll see another Risen game, at least for a very long time. With a new IP being worked on, as well as comments from PB hinting that they only did a third Risen to fulfill contractual obligations to their publisher (Deep Silver), it’s unlikely a 4th game is in their plans.
Regardless, supporting owners of the game by freely giving them the upgrade the consoles are getting is a great show of respect.