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    Piranha & Nordic Answers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q1
    None of the old PB games really had any deep moral choices and I wonder how will they be implemented in Elex. Can we expect something like in the Witcher games where the fate of characters and even the events of entire chapters will be influenced by your decision or will it be another Light Side/Dark Side thing like in Risen 3?
    A: Greetings! We give our best to implement quests where you have to choose carefully or something different will happen. In the past you had too many choices with the same outcome but now we try to change this so that your actions will have much more influence on the story progress. I cannot go into detail at this point but I hope you're a bit satisfied with this answer

    Quote Originally Posted by Q2
    Will Piranha Bytes keep their tradition or will they try something new in terms of character name?
    A: This question was answered by Jenny. She said: She knows the name of the protagonist

    Quote Originally Posted by Q3
    Will the game be on third person, first person or both?
    A: We like our third person approach.

    Quote Originally Posted by Q4
    Can u unvail a bit info about used tegnologies ?? New engin, DX9, 10 or 11 ?? Also which engine will you use for the game?
    A: I'm not very good with technical details (storywriter) but DX 11 it is. We use an improved version of our engine. Our programmers put a lot effort in it . Which additional tools we use I dunno (as I said I'm not very good with technical details)

    Quote Originally Posted by Q5
    On which period the game will be. Before the apocalypse? Middle ages, modern or futuristic?
    A: Sorry ... thats a question which will be answered later

    Quote Originally Posted by Q6
    Hi.
    Are you planning to release a demo of the game?
    A: I personally (!) have no information about a demo at this point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Q7
    Will Elex involve guns on the gameplay or only traditional premedieval weapons like swords,bows,shields
    A: I like traditional things but I also like the modern weapons we are going to implement. So yes u will find both

    Quote Originally Posted by Q8
    Any plans on Alpha-/Beta-Tests with community members in the future?
    A: I personally (!) have no information about an Alpha/Betatest at this point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Q9
    Will the game feature, storywise, politics/religion and other real life controversial aspects (albeit fictional ones) or it will be centered around a single scope of the main hero (like saving the world from """destruction""")? In other words, will the game be more mature on its main path?
    Quote Originally Posted by Q10
    1. Have you figured the combat system yet or are you stll working on it?
    2. Will there be magic in the game and if so, will it have a cooldown timer like in Risen 3 or will have a resource pool(ex:Mana) like in your older games?
    3. How many factions will be in the game?
    4.Will the ending depend on which faction you joined?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catalinux View Post
    Give us the coup-de-grace, make no NPC immortal, and nobody will care about deep moral choices.
    Its not the question thread but: A great mass of ppl will be mortal this time. Of course some have to be immortol - otherwise we would have big problems in telling our story (cause we have no linear quest system like other RPGs).
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    User: Ok who's answering the questions?
    PB: We have top men working on it right now.
    User: Who?
    PB: Top Men.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cekkins View Post
    Thank you for the nice thread! Also props for Harry being a fan of Jon Lajoie :P

    Now a question just for the sake of remaining inthread:

    Will the game feature, storywise, politics/religion and other real life controversial aspects (albeit fictional ones) or it will be centered around a single scope of the main hero (like saving the world from """destruction""")? In other words, will the game be more mature on its main path?
    Hello Cekkins! MC Vag... in da house ^^

    Not so easy for me to answer cause I know a lot of the story design but we are still working on it so I don't know which ideas will come to life in the final game. But due to the fact that we are trying to create a science fantasy setting current religious problems aren't adressed but there will be some aspects our inhabiters are arguing about. Additionaly we try to change the focus of the player within the game so that he might have a clear target but is forced to take care of some other business.

    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    Very good thread and thanks to Harry for taking his time to answer our questions.

    1. Have you figured the combat system yet or are you stll working on it?
    2. Will there be magic in the game and if so, will it have a cooldown timer like in Risen 3 or will have a resource pool(ex:Mana) like in your older games?
    3. How many factions will be in the game?
    4.Will the ending depend on which faction you joined?
    Hello there Neicanimeni!
    1. We are still working on it but as I said in the german forum our combat system will be completly new. To be much more clear and a bit harsh, the old one is in the trash now.
    2. There will be some kind of "magic" but its definetly too soon to give a statement who it will work (no cooldown/cooldown bla)
    3. Guess and await our answer later ^^
    4. I can't go into detail here, sry bro!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nameless Hero View Post
    R3 isn't so different from R2 but it is better.Thing that i really hate there is voice actor.It sound like some dog is talking or so

    And here are my questions.
    1.Is there going to be lock picking?
    2.Are there going to be dragons or trolls or something similar?
    3.Is there going to be dual wielding?
    Hello Mr. without a name!
    1. Of course
    2. I don't want to spoil anything about our monsters but let me just say if you are a fan of trolls (no internet trolls! Don't feed em) you wont be disappointed I guess.
    3. Can't answer that question

    Quote Originally Posted by single View Post
    When did you start working on game?
    Some of us started working on the title in the middle of the last year (sounds gramatically wrong, damn!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    I have made a poll here, would you consider the result seriously?
    Hello Innos, may Beliar strike you down! (I prefer to be the bad one in games xD)
    We won't ban ranged weapons (even modern ones) from our game - we are very confident that you'll accept this decision. It's our personal wish to bring them to life in ELEX. So don't take away our baby and give it a try

    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    And a few other questions:

    1.Will armor be more important this time around? In R 2 and 3 I felt that armors were almost useless since you could invest in bladeproof and bulletproof and that awesome feeling of getting a new armor was lost.
    2. Will the Leveling system be simillar to R2 and 3( with glory points) or will it be more like in Gothic/Risen 1?
    3. Will we see teachers again?
    1. Its one of our multiple goals to bring back that feeling.
    2. Nope, the glory hole is bricked up (PLEASE DONT UNLEASH A SHITSTORM - THAT WAS A MATURE GAG ...PLZ PPL I HAVE A CHILD AND KIDS AND THATS A TOTAL LIE!)
    3. No answer at this point of development

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Will one handed swords be like in gothic 1 & 2 (on the left side of player - close to the hips)? That would be awesome!
    Hello again! uuuhuuuhuuuuuuuu...isch sag nur hello again.....

    Might change during development but I guess it will have its position as descriped by you.

    Quote Originally Posted by LoRdKwiateK View Post
    My question is.. Elex have a Polish dubbing (Like Gothic 1-3 and Risen 2) or only subtitles (Like Risen 1-3)?
    My Lord,
    I personally don't know? I only take care of the german text and have no information about the plans of other versions, sorry.

    Quote Originally Posted by Talvitch View Post

    Is there going to be diving in Elex? Did you think about some quests with it?
    The only thing I can say is that swimming is going to find its way into the game. More I can't say.

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    1. Will we be able to chose among different guilds/organizations?

    2. Will the armors be bound to organizations?

    Will we have facilitations like minimap and pointers or Elex will provide a more realistic/classic approach like in Gothic?
    Just guess. Regarding our game history there is a chance that there will be different kinds of organizations with unique looks

    Quote Originally Posted by Warstrike View Post
    1)Do you plan on having a secret guild/faction to join?
    2)Have you decided on how many chapters the game will have?
    3)Will there be skinning/forging?
    1. Maybe, but time will tell if this idea comes to life in the end. Our time is limited so cross your fingers!
    2. Yes but the number might vary during development
    3. No comment at this point

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber View Post
    1. I'd really want to know if you ever considered to have a female protagonist as a main character for the game?
    2. Will we have the possibility to change the physical appearance of our character or may be some cosmetic changes like in Witcher 3?
    3. I know it's a medieval post-apocalyptic setting, but could it be possible to have some dragons or titans in there?
    I like female characters (I personally had a lot of fun with the latest Tomb Raider Game) but for us my personal opinion (!) is, it might be too risky only focussing on a female main character or having both a male and female protagonist due to the high financial costs it would lead to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Nowadays, most of the new games contain too much nudity... Why this has become fashion I do not know sadly..

    Would you stick to your gothic roots and try not to reach Withcer 2 nudity?

    When I was playing Witcher 2 I had the feeling that devs were involved in porn on their previous jobs
    You again???
    I personally love a good pair of .... oh what was the question?
    Ok lets be serious: I cant give a statement what we are going to show because I really don't know it at this point of development.

    Quote Originally Posted by Opk View Post
    Hi
    What about sex? Do you plan to make something like in Gothic II or even more erotic? Or less? Or do you don't want to implement any sexual content in your game?
    Greetings
    Hello Opk,
    look my previous answer ^^


    Ok that's all for now. Now back to work, Harry ...and it's a lot of work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by catalinux View Post
    Excellent! Would you also make the immortal NPC mortal once his contribution to the main story is done? (like some guys from the Old Camp in Chapter 4)
    Again this is not the question thread but f*** it ... im going rogue so my answer is:

    If the NPC really has no longer a quest-specific purpose - we try to do it so (as long as we don't forget about it ^^).

    For further information: I already did that with 2 NPCs ^^
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    Hello everyone! I hope you had a fine week so far and enjoyed some time with your boy- or girlfriend, walked your dog around the corner or simply didn't give a sh** about these actions and played a lot of games, hoah! Anyway, thx for making your questions green, much easier for me to sort 'em.

    Quote Originally Posted by Opk View Post
    My next question - do you plan to implement dungeon/underground levels in your game? If yes, will it be similar to Risen 1?
    Greetings! Great dungeons like they were in Risen 1 are not gonna happen as far as I know (they were bit over the top) but nevertheless we plan to have some interesting underground spots to explore.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    1.Whose idea was ELEX?
    2.Did you get inspired by something?
    3.You communicated with Nordic Games or the other way around in order to make this game?
    1. It's an ancient PB idea filling the minds of some colleagues for centuries! (maybe I'll be much more clear about this topic in the future)
    2. It was not my idea - so I wasn't inspired by anything but when I first heard about this idea my mind explodes like a Michael Bay movie with ideas - and due to the fact I'm an 80s children, many things inspired me like this picture (great hairstyle!)
    3. To be completely honest, I didn't take part in the negotiations with NORDIC so I can't give u an answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    Hi Harry, thanks for the answers!
    I wonder, since you are a story writer, can you tell me if there are going to be any books or logs detailing the lore of your world or things like that?

    Also, a most important question that keeps everyone awake at night: is swampweed going to make a comeback?
    Hello there Neicanimeni,
    that's the plan. Logs, books, who knows which kind of documents you are going to find - but yeah, we try to implement them

    Quote Originally Posted by wallaraballo View Post
    I'm quite keen to know how... 'dystopian' it will be. It would be nice to see more utopian/fantasy content, or at least a more 'brighter' mood to the game than most recent releases. Also I'd like to know the whether ELEX will be combat focused and whether it will have a deep story world and prominent characters. Games are lacking badass females...
    You will find the answers to your questions within the news we are going to spread the next time until release. I can't go into detail but let me just point out, of course combat will be an important part of our game. Also the story and characters will be important too. It's Piranha Bytes classic-style.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyamich View Post
    Hi

    1) How seriously this time Piranha Bytes approach to writing the story, the script, LORE and prehistory of the game?
    After Risen want deeper study with regards to the subject itself, the game world and the characters.
    2) Will Piranha Bytes created the story and the plot more adult, dark and personal?
    Hi Tyamich,
    1. If we are doing our job right you'll have a much deeper story and characters in ELEX than in the previous Risen title
    2. Yes - this is what we are aiming for.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Will you keep it as in gothic, where on the quests you did not point it out on the map where the player should go? Or you will make it like in modern games where quests are just a "ciggarete road" as when you look on the map, it points out where you must go?
    We won't throw everything overboard which players await these days. But I guess this will be optional (it's too soon to give a final statement). Please keep in mind that all big open world titles have such features for a reason. But again, as far as I know these features will be optional. Also we write our dialogues always in a way, that you wont need a minimap but if you are impatient you will be able to use it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    Thank you so much Harry, valuable infos!

    Will ELEX have a big, giant and dispersive map like modern videogames or you are going to focus everything in a small and well built zone like in Gothic 2?

    Hello Weet,
    small zones? Nope bro. It's going to be a continent with a lot of different areas to explore .

    Quote Originally Posted by PontifEx View Post
    Hi, Harry and thank you for answers! Aaand:

    Will we get into that "another dimension" every time we open a chest / use smth interactive, like, say, crafting table? It was kinda distracting and annoying in Risen 3, and I hope for more "Gothic-like" approach in this aspect.
    Hello PontifEx!
    A lot of players weren't quite happy with the "another dimension" thing ... so my nebulous answer is that this time it will be the old fashion way again. It might be too soon to say so, but I'll fight for the communitys right to stay in the current dimension without getting .........by some aliens, hoah!

    Quote Originally Posted by AxeFighter View Post
    Will be the guild system be implemented like in Gothic 1-2 and Risen 1? If yes, how many guilds will be implemented?
    Hello AxeFighter! (I'm an old spice fighter!)
    Which factions we will have in ELEX is a question which will be answered later. Also other guild related questions ^^
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    Hello there everyone. Currently I haven't much time so I picked a few questions I can answer.
    If your question wasn't answered, please type with your head: no comment yet

    Quote Originally Posted by Spectre Lance View Post
    Greetings!
    I have a couple of questions:
    1. Elex is a game with a complete history, or the first game in the new series?
    2. Will there be Easter Eggs in Elex? Some any references to past games your studio?


    Thanks. (Post is composed with the help of Google translator)
    1. Time will tell
    2. I'm very sure that we are going to fill in some eastereggs (sure they are nice to have but I love them as much as you guys do )

    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    Hi and again thanks for the answers.

    1. Will there be any gameplay footage at Gamescon or will we just get general informations about the game(story, setting, artwork,etc.)?
    2. Will armor be available in a single piece or will we again collect different pieces(chest armor, pants, slippers,etc.)?
    3. Will there be companions like in R2 and 3?
    1. I'm not sure what exactly we are going to show, some other ppl might know but as long as Im not this person I rather keep my mouth shut
    2. Different pieces would be nice, right?
    3. If we are going to have some, we might change something but its to soon to give a final statement

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    Such a lot of infos! :Q_
    Don't know if I'm glad or not you're developing a big world... we'll see I guess

    Questions
    1.Will we have left-hand items like shields?
    2.There will be something like secret-progressive-special chest as they were in gothic 3?
    3.There will be mod support like in The Elder Scrolls game?

    P.S. Neicanimeni, I think they already told there will be optional companions.
    1. Question for later
    2. I don't quite understand the question, sorry :/
    3. Statements about Mod-Support are highly wanted from our fans but please understand that I'm not able to give u false hopes. I personally have neither enough information about it nor any hints if its going to happen or not happen. In my personal point of view (!) its a question best answered with money, time and a good portion of luck

    Quote Originally Posted by KAMIKADzE View Post
    No one said about the limit for questions , so here we go:
    Please ask only a few questions, I personally prefer it not to scroll 100km down and edit my post the whole time. So no offense I've read your questions but due to the lack of time I have, I don't want to edit the hell out of the answer.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    So my question is, will magic be more balanced on this game, so from starters the player will be able to play as a mage? Also, will you allow us to cherish magic from the start-middle of the game and not force us to gain the most awesome spells till we reach the final chapter/end of game?

    Thanks in advance!
    As I said before somewhere: There will be some kind of Magic but I wont tell you at this point of development much more about it. If I would answer your question, I'd reveal too much.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2martens View Post
    My questions are more about the development of the game instead of the game itself. So here we go:

    1. Will you do some kind of open development?

    Open development being things like monthly reports (what you have done in the month - without story spoilers though) or Lorebuilder segments (community contributes lore - CIG did that for Star Citizen). Especially the lore building thing could be very helpful for you to fill the universe with a lot of background info that is not directly gameplay related (food, religion, etc).

    2. What tools do you use (aside from engine)?
    1. If you have ppl who have time for this, this is considerable. But I personally don't have the time for sth like that (Always remember: small team ).
    2. I only work with our engine and I have no overview which other tools there are involved but maybe one other teammember of us will answer this question for me

    Quote Originally Posted by KAMIKADzE View Post
    Just one more interesting question:

    Will you consider forum polls on uncritical debates inside your team?
    I don't think so. As you can see we see what you want (lots of threads and postings) and we already told you about some features which were demanded by our fans. So no need to be afraid that the game will lack of influence by the community

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgannin View Post
    How is the team handling the AI this time around?

    If you can't reveal the different environments in your world yet, can you at least give some suggestion of the "contrast" between locations?

    Will there be distinct cultural differences between the different settlements and factions?
    1. We have a lot ideas in case of AI (reactions) and I hope you'll like it.
    2. There will be some contrasts for sure (for now only in our heads - time will tell if all of these ideas come to life in the end)
    3. Our inhabitants won't live beneath a rainbow and are not going to hold hands, thats for sure

    Quote Originally Posted by Talek View Post
    Will there be an oversaturation of silent unnamed NPCs? We all love NPCs from G2 who you could ask for directions and they'd have some chatter to them. Noone likes the static inaccessible NPCs such as in DAO.
    I don't think our world will explode with those ambient NPCs but a bit more won't be bad I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    After all these discussions here on the english board about firearms, I wonder:

    Will our hero be human? Or we can just call him "a being"?
    ...and I wonder when we are going to answer this question

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyamich View Post
    I know that such questions to ask too early, but I can not resist

    1) Will again rolls in the combat system, or replace them with something more elegant?

    2) How are things going in your updated Genome Engine in terms of animation? Will it be smoother and more pleasant eye after previous games ?

    3)Will Nordic Games and Pirahna Bytes show ELEX to the gamers and the media in the next year only in the European game shows such as Gamescom or you can be seen anywhere else ? For Example it would be great to see you here in Russia on "Igromir" games show in the next year
    1. Too early but if we are going to have rolls I don't think you'll be as invincible as it was the case in Risen 3
    2. Can't say anything about it, as a storywriter im not really into this thing ^^
    3. Where and what we are going to show is not up for me to decide So no information about this question either

    Quote Originally Posted by Talek View Post
    If you could divulge this information, I would be really grateful to know how does a setting's conceptualisation process look like ,either from your perspective or all-around how PB does it. As of late I've become increasingly interested in understanding how this works and potentially see myself going in this direction in the future. I would like to gather as much information as possible on how this works in the real world, within a collective environment. Huge thanks!
    Maybe there will be the right time to give some insights of our development. So lets cross fingers we find the time to do so - if not don't be mad, it's just a huge amount of work ^^
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    Hello there,

    Quote Originally Posted by The mighty Alien Dwarf View Post
    ...

    1. Will there be a chapter like progress, similar to the Gothic series or ist it more like a continuing exploring with more and more content to be revealed, depending on the quests you successfully completed so far?

    2. Are there side quest like "jobs" or activities you will be able to do? Like, go fishing/hunting (a little bit like in GTA) or would that be over the top?
    1. Due to the mainstory, we want to tell you, there will be a chapter like progress in the game.
    2. It's not like GTA, i think. But there will be "jobs" in another way...

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    Thank you as always Harry!

    I rephrase the question:
    1)There will be something like unique chests as there were in gothic 3? Here's the link

    And here's a new one:

    2) Will the money be difficult to earn and gratifying to spend?
    Explanation of this question:
    In gothic 2 you didn't have many coin until the end of the game and everytime you found some money you were very happy. In gothic 3, at some point, you got simply too much money and it became useless.
    1. It is planned to handfill each chest in Elex.
    2. This is not finished, yet. Maybe we can tell you something about it later.
    3. This is a tuning point, so it is not finished, of course. But we try to let you be happy for money.

    Quote Originally Posted by wallaraballo View Post
    1. Apart from guns, will this game offer something unique and different to the market?
    2. Is there any word about houses and housing in the game? This might include purchasable housing or a single dwelling. Anything to do with houses, I want to know.
    3. I noticed a question about character customization that wasn't answered very clearly. What are you allowed to tell us about character customization? Concerning clothes, yes, but also body as well.
    4. Is your dev team really excited about the story and content or more stressed about finance right now? (I know, you'll probably weedle your way around that question or lie, but it's worth a try).
    5. Will there be any puzzle-solving in this game, whatsoever?
    1. We hope so, it's still much time till release, so i don't know.
    2. I can't say much about it at the moment, but there will be different kinds of "houses" in the game and some kind of "homebase".
    3. The main character will be a person with his own history and look. You are not able to customize him at the beginning. It's to early to describe other "facts" that change his look.
    4. Of course, we are excited. The Gamescom lies in front of us and we're working hard at the game.
    5. Yes.

    More answers, soon.

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    Jenny

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    Hello again,
    it's time for more.

    Quote Originally Posted by wallaraballo View Post
    Reading through the answers page, I found most of the answers to be "It's too early" or something else extremely unexplanatory.
    So my questions are: 1. How far into development has the game reached? Is it merely just a concept now? An empty world?
    2. What's so bad about revealing certain things? Is it that marketing wont allow you to or because it hasn't been decided yet? You can say there are guns in the game but can't mention magic?

    I figured mentioning guns wasn't the greatest idea because (with evidence from the forum etc) guns aren't the biggest hype with fantasy game players, why not let us get excited about the magic?
    1. We're working at all systems and features (writing dialogues, making quests, building parts of the level and fullfil it with stuff, producing animations, creatures, npcs, objects, weapons, GUI elements, sounds, effects and much more) but nothing is finished, tuned or polished.
    2. We want to tell you mostly everything about the game (but story and ending) during the next one and a half year, but many decisions are not final. There will be more news about it during the gamescom. We're working hard on it, but it's still much time till release and some things may change...
    3. There will be some kind of magic, but it is not finished. First you should know more about the setting, before we show you details. You have to be a little patient. Good things sometimes last and we're happy that many people are curious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrayzor View Post
    MY QUESTIONS
    1. Can you describe how the atmosphere will feel so I we can kinda have a rough idea for the game ELEX?
    2.How much will your choices affect the world and story?
    3.Will the combat be more direct, strategic or something like Risen 3?
    4.How large will the game world be?

    ...
    1. This is a difficult question. The world will be rough and dangerous. The colours and music will be darker. It will be easier to explain it, after the gamescom, because there will be more "stuff" about the game you can have a look at. And i don't want to tell you something about the story...
    2. There will be more reactions from friends and enemys about your choices and you can change many things in the world. There will also be more AI reactions.
    3. We wanted to create a more direct combat system. So we want the player to do what you want him to do. But there will be a strategic part, too. Some creatures attack together and some are huge and alone. You have to decide which weapons you can use to hurt them significantly a.s.o.
    4. We didn't finish the world but it is planned to make it huge.

    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    Sorry if this was asked before but I couldn't find anything about this:
    Will there be minigames in Elex? And I don't mean just small minigames like armswrestling or drinking games but also more complex sequencess like the Sailing section of Risen 3?
    We decided to attach more importance to the direct gameplay to improve immersion. So there will be no QTEs or Minigames like in Risen 3. But there will be other kinds of riddles in the game...

    Hope you will have a great weekend.

    Kind Regards,
    Jenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    ...

    1.Will swords have sheaths?
    2.Will graphics be any close to Witcher 3? And if yes, give us an example
    3.How advanced will technology be?
    1. I don't think so, they would just disturb.
    2. There will be many beautiful landscapes. But our game will be more direct. We want to make a simulated game world with less cutscenes and much organic gameplay.
    3. There will be several things, a seemless gameworld without loading screens, DX11, physical based rendering and camera, volumetric lightning, high resolution textures and much more. I think it will be nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrayzor View Post
    MY QUESTIONS
    1.Will the character have more deep background story or will the background story be like Risen 2 main hero?
    2.Will the character be known in the world, will he be hated or loved or will people treat him like a stranger?
    3.Will you travel to different islands or have sea battles?


    THANK YOU, BYE
    1. Yes, there's much more background about the hero, but you should discover it by playing.
    2. I won't tell you anything about it as long as i can, but i know the answer.
    3. No.

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    ...

    1)It's already been said that we will have more than one armor piece and that every "faction" will have its own style. Will we have magic stuff like necklace, earrings, rings etc?

    2)Will we have stuff like potions and elixir for enhance and heal ourselves?
    1. Yes, something like this is planned, but there will be no "pirate stuff".
    2. Of course!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrayzor View Post
    MY QUESTIONS

    1.Will the character have more deep background story or more like Risen 2 main protagonist story?
    2.Will there be any horses, cars or something you use to get around the world fast?
    3.Will you travel to different islands or have sea battles?
    2. There will be no horses or cars you can use to travel, but there will be something else.

    Kind Regards
    Jenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    1. Will the world in Elex be our world after the Apocalypse or a fictional one?
    2.Will you be able to make inprovements to your weapons and armor?
    3.Will there be dungeons with puzzles like in Gothic1/Risen1?
    1. There will be many things you know.
    2. Something like this is planned.
    3. I don't know much about the dungeons at the moment. There will be puzzles in the game, but definitely not a chapter 4 like in Risen 1.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Not exactly a question but a request...

    I am so excited to be able to talk with PB, my so called dreamed developers!
    So a request, if you make a video from your studio were you will show how you work as you did for Risen, will you please make it in english?
    Thank you. At first there will be the gamescom. But if we make a new video about the studio we will try to remember this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrayzor View Post
    My questions
    1.Is there mod support for ELEX?
    2.Will there be huge cities?
    3.Will there be hunger, thirst or need for sleep?

    1. At the moment we have no resources for mod support.
    2. There are different kinds of "cities", but no Khorinis.
    3. I don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    ...

    1) Will there be medieval fantasy creatures like dragons or orcs?
    2) Will there be a nation or a form of society ruled by someone (Rhobar's Kingdom in Gothic, countries in our world) above other organizations?
    1. There are different kinds of fantasy creatures in the game, but i don't know which of them you would call medieval...
    2. I wouldn't call it a kindom but more a dominion, but it is difficult to explain it without more information about the worlds history.

    Kind Regards,
    Jenny

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    Hello everybody,
    we're back home, still tired but happy and i try to answer some of your questions now.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pink_Panther View Post
    Greetings, PB!
    Im currently making a fansite about Elex.
    Here are some questions.


    1. Are there any rules for me or copyright issues?
    2. Could you give me some more concept arts or screenshots, if there are any?
    3. Any other info about the game?


    My best regards from sunny Ukraine.
    Puh, of course you can use things that are already released. We posted some articles on our Facebook page and you can use information you get here for example. Besides that you should better ask somebody from nordic games. It should be obvious that it is just a fanpage and no official one. Thanks for your support.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Hello again,

    1. Will there be robes in the game? (like in gothic series)
    2. If you choose a faction, will the NPC's recognize it? (Like in gothic 2)
    1. You can get trousers, shoes, helmets and of course amor for the upper part of the body. Some of them are short, like a shirt and some are longer than your backside.
    2. Yes, they will.

    Quote Originally Posted by AxeFighter View Post
    Some questions:

    1. Will be any diversity beetween faction's final armors and weapons? I really annoyed me in Gothic II that Dragonhunter armor was identical to the one for Paladin, the same goes for Risen 1 and first Gothic.
    2. Will be a super-duper weapon and armor at the end of the game (like Uriziel's or Titan Lord's set)?
    3. Will be the reputation or respect system be implemented?
    4. Will the learning points system be back?
    5. Will be a monster and/or item respawn at the beginning of each chapter (i personally opt only for first, the item respawn in games like Skyrim really annoyed me)?
    6. Will there be any "best friends" like Milten or Patty who will appear multiple times?
    1. I think so, they are not finished, yet, but the different factions live in different landscapes and klimazones and differences are planned.
    2. Something like this is planned.
    3. There's nothing like in gothic 3. You can get a reputation for a faction or even npcs and partymembers, but there are no points or something like this. We want to make the game more immersive.
    4. Yes, if you have enough experience, you will get a higher level and get Learning Points to ask a teacher to teach you new perks. There will also be typical RPG attributes in the game.
    5. We dislike spawnies, after a short time and our creatures will have fixed values. So there will be "a time" in the game that will add new monsters, to make the world more credible.
    6. This is planned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chimalpopoca View Post
    HELLO!

    I'd like to ask about the shadows in the game but I don't know how to ask. I'll try in this way. Will the shadows move by 'leaps and bounds' or will they move smoothly? I hope you understand this question!
    Yes i understand, but i don't know, yet. We're still working on this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    1)There will be romance involving the main character in Elex?
    2)There will be a gathering system similar to the Gothic 3 one?
    1. You can force this in the game...
    2. I did't work on gothic 3, can you specify the question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nameless Hero View Post
    New month,new questions
    1.Will there be arena fights?
    2.How will people react to the main hero because i heard that he is going to be not human but some sort of humanoid?Are they going to be afraid of him or maybe try to kill him???
    3.Are there going to be goblins?
    4.Will we see some ruins that were before apocalypse big cities or something?

    English is not my native language but I hope you understand my questions.
    1. Something like this is planned...
    2. After getting his emotions back, most of the people don't recognize, that he was an alb before... but some of them do so you should be careful...
    3. I don't think so, but there are many other creatures in the world.
    4. Of course there will be ruins of the old world. But i don't want to specify them. You should explore the world by yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pink_Panther View Post
    Hello again!
    Will the improved genome engine be in open source ?
    No, i don't think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rock & Troll View Post
    Q:
    How stressfull is the preparation for an event like gamescom?
    We prepared ourselves many weeks before and learned lots of stuff. We worked at the gamescom from tuesday till sunday and had many presentations, interviews, meetings etc. the whole day, but it was really great and funny and we met many fans. On Friday we had a community meet and greet with beer and pizza till four o'clock in the morning and it was very nice. We're looking forward to the next gamescom.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Will you post here the video gameplay used for gamescom?
    There was no public video, just screenshots. We have only one chance to make a good first impression, so we're working on the game and give you gameplay materials, when we don't have to answer questions like "why is the shadow so blurry?" or "Is the face of this NPC finished?"... Of course many things are not final. We have one and a half year left, so we will give you the materials, when they are almost finished. We're working on this highmotivated!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrayzor View Post
    1.Are you going to show us some gameplay footage and can it be in English
    2.Does the world look futuristic everywhere, or will the athmosphere be medievel at places
    3.Will the side quests reflect on the main quest
    1. You will get every information, when we have adequate material. Just be a liitle patient, we will show you everything we have, when it's presentable.
    2. Of course there will be medieval places. One of our factions dislike modern technology and decided to use swords, shields and bows combined with magic spells and they live in "european like" woods, for example.
    3. There will be many sidequests with different background. So there will be both.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pink_Panther View Post
    • Are Clerics a high tech faction, or a medieval one?
    • How often do you plan to give away new information about the game?
    1. Clerics dislike consuming Elex, but they use it for their technology and machines. So they use plasmaguns and have robots, for example.
    The berserks don't use higher technologies.
    2. As often as there is new material. We try to do our best to be as transparent as we can.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chimalpopoca View Post
    Will there be something like a 'dead space' feature? I mean cutting off body parts, etc. I'd like to see something like that in the game.
    No, the game will be more serious and dark, than before, but it will be no deadspace.

    Quote Originally Posted by Maninan View Post
    Hi, got two questions
    1. Will weapons require certain attributes like in G1-G3&R1 (axes requires str, bows requires dex) or can we use almost everything we find like in R2-R3?
    2. Will Elex have some kind of codex/glosary like in Dragon Age/The Witcher series?
    1. Some of them can be used from the beginning, but many require attributes!
    2. We think this is a nice feature, but we don't know, yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Warstrike View Post
    The game seems pretty big ,do you think that 2.5 years of development are enough to get it done right?
    There's still no fixed release date and yes we learned much during the last years and everything works fine.

    Quote Originally Posted by Danbona View Post
    Hello, From a previous post someone stated that PB could of been forced by deep silver to continue the series of Risen (risen 2&3), or ? we're they obliged ? but They always wanted to do a pirate theme? For me Risen is a 10. and 2 & 3 maybe 7. So Is Elex, a new Risen, but can it stay Risen?
    Risen is Risen and ELEX is ELEX. It has a totally new concept in a new universe. It will be more serious, there will be more freedom, a more direct fighting system and more background hints, for example. It is the most ambitious project we had so far, so play it by yourself and tell me what you think.

    Quote Originally Posted by wedkarski View Post
    Since we still didn't receive any answers from NG_Artur and people are frustrated for this reason, I translated all questions from PL forum. I hope it'll help you.

    #1 Faith. Are you going to put any gods in the game? If so, there is just one faith or more ones, different from each other? Do the gods can interfere in the world?
    #2 How many employees does Piranha Bytes have?
    #3 We will know the whole story of main character, all the way from childhood, or just some important facts about him?
    #4 Not ELEX-related: will Nordic Games continue ArcaniA or release more addons? I read somewhere you wanted to create two addons, but because of JoWooD's bankrupt there is only one.
    #5 Official name of the game is Elex or ELEX?
    #6 Is the game world bigger than continent from Gothic 3?
    #7 Are you going to put in your new game some dynamic animations and cutscenes?
    #8 Are quests more expanded?
    #9 How much expanded crafting system is?
    #10 Do main character have a sense of humor?
    #11 Will we see some elements borrowed from survival horror games? For example a small amount of ammunition, impermanent weapon (Dying Light & Dead Island) and a high level of difficulty?
    #12 When you say your new game will be edgy you mean bleak terrains like Risen 3 (eastern part of Calador's map) whether incredible climate like Gothic (Old Mine and Sleeper's Temple)?
    #13 Is it possible to fight on arena?
    1. Different people believe in something. Especially the clerics. But i don't want to spoiler more abiout this, because i think you should explore it by yourself.
    2. At the moment we are about 27 people.
    3. I don't want to spoiler too much about the story, but you can find out many things if you explore the world.
    4. We don't know anything about plans with Arcania.
    5. The Game is ELEX. In the game people call it Elex.
    6. We didn't finish the world, yet.
    7. We want to do, what we can do best. So we create a simulated world with less cutscenes and less situations that kick the player out of the game by cinematic situations. But of course we're working hard to create new ingame animations and those for "special" moments in the game. Even GUI and HUD will be more immersive, because we don't want to use a fullscreen to use your inventory, but some kind of technological hologram, for example. Everything is focused on immersion.
    8. Yes, we're working on that and many quests with more consequences are even in the game.
    9. There will be more items in the game you can use for crafting this time. There are different kinds of weapons you can modify and of course you can craft your own things, make potions and more. We will show you the system, when it will be finished.
    10. Yes, sometimes. But he is a serious guy at all.
    11. On the one hand we want to make the game much harder this time, to let the player know, when he gets better and on the other hand you will have mor control about the fighting system. And there will be different kinds of melee and ranged weapons you can choose with it's own ammunition. But it will still be a RPG with a 3rd person view.
    12. Our game will be a special universe of contrasts. Of course the game will be dark, because it is a postapocalyptic and hard world, but everybody has got his own way to handle the situation and this is very fascinating for us. The world was similar to ours once and we love to create a sitiuation, where you can fly through the old ruins by jetpack and kill the next mutant with your self prepared machine gun, if you want to. We're very excited to see what you will do in the world.
    13. Something like this is planned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kassler View Post
    Hi Guys!
    How big is your team now? How many people work at ELEX? Is the number bigger than in case of Gothic or Risen?
    We're still about 27. We didn't want to get bigger because we know each other, like to work in a famliar way and of course there are many risks, if you want to increase the company.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Due to a recent thread I would like to ask:

    What are your pc specs developing the game?
    We all have different systems to let the game run on different pcs. And it is too early to say what will be the requirements.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laurealdin View Post
    Hello Jenny,

    All information about Elex i have heard so far sounds great! It seems to be a fantastic game!

    1. I already like the most berserker fraction. Will jetpack be available for all the fractions, or each of them will have their own special traveling system?

    2. Do you already know how the archery system will look like? It will be similiar to Gothic 3 and first Risen, when you have to aim on your own? It would be really cool

    Best greetings!
    1. The jetpack will be a part of the movement very early in the game and for everyone.
    2. Yes, you have to aim by your own.

    Quote Originally Posted by Opk View Post
    Hi Jenny, you're beautiful as always

    - You said that will be deserts, swamps and forests in game. Do you plan to implement also snowlands like Nordmar in G3?
    - Did you think about underwater exploration?


    Greetings,
    F. 'Opk'
    There's no underwater exploration planned, but there will be snow and vulcanic mountains.

    I hope you can image more about our visions,
    kind regards,
    Jenny

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    Hello again,

    more questions and answers:

    Quote Originally Posted by Warstrike View Post

    Hello again !!
    Did you have the movie "Equilibrium" as inspiration?
    Yes, but there are much more, like Star Trek, Star Wars, LOTR, Dune the desert planet and lot's of games, of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by Innos View Post
    Will there be hoods? Will there be mage robes as in g1-g2-g3? That's the robes I am talking about..
    I don't know, yet. We're working at this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgannin View Post
    Will ranged weapons have actual projectiles this time? Risen 2 and 3 seemed to use more of a hit scan technique with a dice roll determining if you hit, rather than seeing the actual bullets going through the air.
    There will be kinds of bullets you can see in the air and you have to aim by yourself, but we didn't finish working at the system, of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by Weet View Post
    -Will Jetpack use any fuel and, therefore, we'll have to refill it?
    You need energy to fly, but we didn't finish the design, yet. We're testing different possibilities and then i can tell you more about this.

    Quote Originally Posted by neicanimeni View Post
    Hi Jenny, thanks for all the answers!

    1.Will the Alb faction be joinable?(I've seen some sourcess saying they will while others said they won't)
    2.You guys said there will be some kind of magic in the game but I haven't heard anything about it. Can you tell us a bit about what magic will be like(if there is any)
    1. No,
    Spoiler:
    you have been an Alb before the story begins and now you can't go back because you failed your mission. So now you have to join one faction of your enemys...

    2. The berserks found a way to change Elex into Mana. So they use different kinds of magic spells. There will be spells you can only use once and there will be spells you can use permanent. But you will just be able to use all magic spells of the berserks if you join them.
    Besides that there are other kinds of magic in the world, like Elex magic for example. This magic is especially used by the Albs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chimalpopoca View Post
    As I see there will be trousers, helmets and more.Will there be gloves as a separate part of the amor too?
    Hm, not in terms of the question... But there will be other things.

    Quote Originally Posted by FrancoM95 View Post
    Greetings from Argentina.
    There will be "treasure maps" or something similar as in Risen 2 and 3? And if so, indicate the treasure map with a cross or we will have to follow a series of clues to find it?
    There will be different kinds of new "riddles", that are planned, there will be no treasure hunting like in Risen 2 and 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by Morgannin View Post
    1. Do you intend for ranged weapons to have a melee attack? i.e. bashing with your gun or stabbing with your arrows, maybe

    2. Will the game/story elaborate on why factions choose to ban Elex or technology?

    3. It sounds to me like all factions rely on powerful ranged weaponry - whether it be guns or "magic." How do you intend to balance the power of these weapons so that it's not impossible to play as a pure melee character?
    1. I don't know, yet.
    2. Yes, i already know.
    3. Because every weapon has it's own gain. Different kinds of creatures are vulnerable by different kinds of weapons. Besides that ranged weapons will have there own kinds of ammunition. There will also be many different kinds of melee weapons like one-hand and two-hand weapons, shields, swords, axes and more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Specter200 View Post
    Hello guys!

    I've read only Russian translated question answers, so i would like to apologise if somebody already asked questions i'm curious about.

    1. What about humor? I know that PB is more familiar with gothic ( i mean the genre, not the game ) But i think a little bit of humor would be nice :3

    2. What about transformation scrolls? We met them in Gothic II, where character was able to transform in other units.

    3. What about manipulation magic? Like lost of memory etc (also met in Gothic II)

    4. And the last thing, it's more like request than a question: please, do not add a character like Peggie in Risen. I mean if you give us a girl, flirting etc - so let's us finish it, if you know what i mean. When i figured out that there is no way to do what i mean, after i finished the game - i was really mad and pissed off :c.

    Thank you for attention :3!
    1. Of course, the game will be more serious, but there will still be humor. You can image a pirate setting has got another kind of humor than a post apocalyptic setting...
    2. I don't think there will be such scrolls, but we still didn't finish.
    3. Better you ask questions about concrete spells, when we finish the magic design.
    4. There's some kind of romance planned this time. But you shouldn't expect a witcher like game here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PontifEx View Post
    First of all, it's nice to see such high level of communication with fans, thanks to you all, Piranhas!
    And my question:
    1. Will we have a situation where players can not willingly avoid of "jetpacking" somewhere? I mean, there is a fraction of people, who hate high tech, so I think they shouldn't even touch something more complicated than a crossbow. Wouldn't they curse and exile (if we joined them before) our not-a-nameless hero or burn him in the name of the Nature?
    Thank you,
    1. I don't know, yet if there will be a place where jetpacking is forbidden.
    2. The Berserkers try to aviod technology because of their history. But as usual in life there are different representatives of an opinion.
    Spoiler:
    Most of the berserks try to act as they did for many years and others think that the rules are outdated and technology should be used. This has got a great conflict potential within the faction. So some kinds of technology will be tolerated and some others will be punished.


    Quote Originally Posted by raiton7 View Post
    Hi
    Have you already done something in this game that you are sure it will not change from now to the game release, and can you tell us something about this? (I mean eg. magic,music,combat,world size, etc.)
    I don't think so, it is too early. Of course, many things are allready in the game, but they are not finished. At the moment we're all implementing on all hands. So even a tree, that is placed could be displaced later. Even when things are balanced and fixed we can be sure that there won't be big changes anymore.

    Quote Originally Posted by epuscasu View Post
    I don't think a this question has been answered (properly or at all):

    How do you manage the following situation: on one side, you have a strictly melee character. On the other side, you have a guy with a laser gun. What's stopping the laser guy from killing your character in an instant, way before I can even get close enough to hit him with my sword?

    Thanks.
    I hope your dexterity will help you to avoid, or your resistance is high enough to reach him, or you use a powerful shield, or you try to sneak, before you get detected, or you throw a granate first, or you take a partymember with ranged weapons with you, or you try to enchant him, or you simply die and try another way later. I think finding the best tactical way makes fun, does it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgannin View Post
    I guess this leads me to another question I always forget to ask:

    1. Are you trying to expand the Stealth system in Elex? It's always been rather bare-bones in the past, and not much good for anything other than robbery.

    And another: 2. Do you intend to offer a solution to players who don't want to handle everything with violence? Those who like to evade monsters, sneak past beasts and bandits, or even intimidate and scare away opponents?
    1. We didn't finish the stealth system, yet. But we're planning something about sneaking behind enemys to surprise them...
    2. I would wonder if you can finish the game without fighting. I don't think so. But you can sneak, you can use magic, you can try to escape or try to avoid enemys , of course.

    Kind Regards,
    Jenny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgannin View Post
    One more for now.

    Do you plan to allow us other means, besides potions and teachers, to upgrade stats/skills? i.e. Gothic 3, some quests would give stat bonuses after completion, or Gothic II, you could gain stats at the Innos shrines or learning to read the stone tablets.
    First at all we have to finish the storyline. Some things are planned, but i can't say what finally will be in the game. Maybe i can answer this question next year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mrayzor View Post
    I have a few questions
    1.Will you be able see through windows, will they be transparent?
    2.Will there be loading screens when you enter a building?
    3. Will I be able to play this on my iPhone( new generation because it is more powerful than my PC)

    4. Tell me, will there be any pirates?Please no?

    I luv you Piranha Games
    1. + 2. There will be no loading screens in the game, so if you enter a building you are able to see the world through windows, doors and holes.
    3. At the moment it is just planned to release the game for PC, PS4 and XBOX One.
    4. There are no pirates planned in the game.

    Kind Regards,
    Jenny

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