2009 classic action RPG Risen recently received a port for modern consoles. This port of the immersive action RPG features a bevy of improvements, including reworked gamepad controls and UI for modern gaming.
The news comes from Evolve PR and their key-distribution site, Terminals.io. Risen is now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch The game is backwards compatible with current generation systems as well. Additionally, Publisher THQ Nordic has also paired with GameStop to release physical copies for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch at various GameStop locations.
What is old is new again
When it was released in 2009, Risen became an action RPG that can be considered ahead of its time. A fantasy RPG, Risen made a splash in a time before Skyrim and Pathfinder. The developers at Piranha Bytes created an immersive world that can easily last players over 60 hours. In their quest to explore the island of Ferrange, player encounter strange rituals, warring factions, an a tyrannical Don Esteban. Players make decisions that affect the entire outcome of the island
The success of the first Risen led to a small but endearing trilogy of RPG games. Risen 2: Dark Waters release in 2012. The second game brought the series across mystic oceans as a pirate. This was followed up by Risen 3: Titan Lords. 2014’s Risen 3: Titan Lords put players into an even larger world than its predecessor.
An adventure in the middle of the Sea
For the port, Risen plays as it always did with a few touch-ups. Risen is a fully seamless world with no loading screens. The game features slight updates to visuals and framerate. The port comes with full gamepad controls and a reworked user interface. Finally, all the content from the original is in the new port.
It’ll be interesting to see how Risen stacks up with the RPG competition of the modern gaming scene. Many RPGs and JRPGs were released in 2022. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a titan of release on its own. Moreover, 2023 is stacked between Dead Space and Hogwarts Legacy releasing within weeks of each other. Given the game’s presentation, action, and sense of humor, Risen should be a good time for those that are familiar with RPGS and those looking for a nice throwback to a simpler time in games.
Risen is now available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.