This Risen 3 trailer does nothing to take the fear out of animal skulls

Risen 3 does nothing to take the fear out of animal skulls.

You could make a compelling argument that Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag did everything you’d ever ask of a proper pirate RPG. Perhaps conceding that – and the fact that wishy-washy swashbuckler Risen 2 was a bit bum – Piranha Bytes have returned to high fantasy rather than the high seas for their third post-Gothic classic RPG.

Risen 3: Titan Lords is nearly finished! And we hardly know anything about it. Perhaps this E3 trailer will remedy that.

I guess it didn’t.

What’s surprising here, apart from Nic Cage’s apparent reprisal of his Ghost Rider role, is the pace of the combat. All of that sprinting and side-rolling is more reminiscent of From Software’s Bloodborne than the methodical back-and-forth of past Risen and Gothic games.

Given that Risen 3’s plot concerns a young warrior in search of his missing soul, you might surmise that Piranha Bytes have been playing Dark Souls.

Of course, this is a CGI trailer – and the degree to which reflects the finished game remains to be seen. Not for much longer, mind: Risen 3 is out in August. Do you think you’ll give it a go?