Developer Piranha Bytes has been plowing away and finally have some screenshots to share, which showcase a surprising pirate theme. This is definitely a fresh setting for the developer -- previous games in the related Gothic series as well as Risen all stuck to more or less the same traditional formula of wandering the lands while carving out your path as a warrior, mage, archer, or some combination of the three. Guns are the most striking addition, here.
Not to worry, mind you -- judging from low-quality PCGH scans obtained exclusively by what appears to be a Russian Risen fansite reveal plenty of forest and other land environments with some downright disturbing creatures to fight. Head here to see those.
Risen 2: Dark Waters, as the game is now called, is expected to launch sometime this year or next. It's not clear at this stage if Piranha Bytes will be handling both the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game this time -- either way, one hopes a disastrous console version is avoided unlike last time.