Arcania: Gothic 4

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ArcaniA: Gothic 4
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Spellbound Entertainment
Original JoWood Productions
Current Nordic Games
Vision 7[1]
Release dates
Windows October 12, 2010
Metacritic 63
Arcania: Gothic 4 on HowLongToBeat
Arcania: Gothic 4 on IGDB
Arcania: Gothic 4 guide on StrategyWiki
Arcania: Gothic 4 on MobyGames
Arcania: Gothic 4 on Wikipedia
Gothic 2001
Gothic II 2002
Gothic 3 2006
Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods 2008
Arcania: Gothic 4 2010
Arcania: Fall of Setarrif 2011
Gothic Playable Teaser 2019
Gothic 1 Remake TBA

Key points

Poorly optimized, even with modern high end hardware the frame rate dips occasionally below 60 FPS regardless of graphical settings.[citation needed]

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Requires online activation
SecuROM 7, SecuROM PA, and SecuROM DFA DRM activation and release date check.[2] Use the latest patch to remove DRM.
DRM details are not known
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Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Free demo: steam://install/65520 (allow Steam client popup).

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Video\
  2. Delete or rename JWD_Logo.wmv, Nvidia.wmv and SB_Logo.wmv


Final Patch (2011) removes SecuROM DRM and fixes various issues.

Performance tweaks[edit]

You should make a backup copy of the file modified here. If you want to revert to the original but can't find it, use the "Verify integrity of game cache" option on the game properties through Steam.
Modify configuration files[3]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\configuration\
  2. Open ProcessManager.xml.
  3. Look for the ThreadConfig platform="PC" cores="1" section, change the cores value to the number of cores of your CPU.
  4. Save the file and close it.
  5. The following steps are optional:
  1. Change all thread-pool-bit values to "1".
  2. Change all memory-synchronized values to "true".

Enable Xbox UI[edit]

While using the Xbox UI accessing the game options will make the game crash, so either make sure you're happy with your settings or temporarily switch back to the PC UI while you access them.
Enabling the Xbox UI will allow you easier navigation through the game and the menus while using a controller, however it has to be switched to every time you open the game.
Enable cheat menu[4]
1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArcaniA - Gothic 4\input.xml
2. Go to the end of the file and add the following before the </inputs> line:
	<Input command="cheat menu" >
		<Key code="41" />
		<Activation type="first active" />
3. Save the file and close it. This will bind the cheat menu to ~.
4. Open the game and load a save or start a new game. Press ~.
5. Go to the Toggle XBOX/PC Interface option, choose Xbox 360 and hit the back button.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArcaniA - Gothic 4\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArcaniA - Gothic 4\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39690/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


General graphics settings.
General graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.
Advanced graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry for two possible methods.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Can be forced through driver control.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Can be forced through driver control.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Controller remapping[edit]

Edit input configuration file[5]

1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArcaniA - Gothic 4\input.xml

2. The file will contain the current mappings for both controller and keyboard. To remap the controls, simply search for the action you want to remap and change the Gamepad name section of each action for the button you want it to use, for instance, to jump with the A button, change the jumping section to:
	<Input command="jump" >
		<Gamepad name="a" />
		<Gamepad active="false" name="left shoulder" />
		<Activation type="first active" />
3. The Activation type value represents how to read the button press, first active means tap, active means hold, and first inactive means letting go of the button.
4. Save the file and close it.


You have to run a game at least once, in order for it to create configuration files.
If you hit reset on the in game control options, the contents of this file will be replaced with defaults, including the xbox controller sections.

Invert controller's Y-axis[edit]

Edit input configuration file[5]
1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArcaniA - Gothic 4\inputsettings.xml
2. Search the attribute with the name invert_gamepad_y and change its value to true like so:
	<Attribute name="invert_gamepad_y" type="bool" value="true" />
3. Save the file and close it.


You have to run a game at least once, in order for it to create configuration files.
There are additional options that can be modified in this file, such as inverting X-axis.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created game profile, read important hints here. Note: Profile works slightly different to the add on, and can be used as an alternative profile.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game won't start[edit]

Game has several problems launching especially with 64-bit Windows 7 installations.
Regular fixes, PhysX-, Audio- and AV-related fixes[citation needed]
  • If using Steam version verify game cache, try disabling Steam overlay and manually installing re-distributables.
  • If having Nvidia GPU try copying cudart32_*.dll and cudart64_*.dll from C:\Program Files (x86)\NVIDIA Corporation\PhysX\Common to <path-to-game>[6]
  • Install the NVIDIA PhysX Legacy System Software and then try same thing as above.[7]
  • If using Windows 7 N/KN install WMP.
  • Try to set sound quality to 24 bit/16-bit, 48000 Hz.[8]
  • Make executable use Windows XP SP 3 compatibility mode and start in administrator mode.
  • Add installation folder to your antivirus exclude list or as last resort try to uninstall it.[9]

Stuck in jungle level[edit]

It is possible, if you go back to the jungle level, to get stuck in it. There are two ways to get around this issue.
Jumping back fix[10]
  • Go south to the ledge near the monastery next to where Bartur is standing.
  • Unequip your weapons.
  • Equip one of the movement speed increase runes (Either Rune of the four winds or Rune of the seven winds).
  • Run back into the ledge and jump.
Cheat fix[10]
1. Open %USERPROFILE%\Documents\ArcaniA - Gothic 4\input.xml
2. Go to the end of the file and add the following before the </inputs> line:
	<Input command="hero teleport" >
		<Key name="Q"/>
		<Key name="control left" active="true" />
		<Activation type="first active"/>
3. Save the file and close it.
4. Open the game and load your save.
5. Press Ctrl+Q, this should put you into hero teleport mode. Use the regular movement keys to move around and control the direction by holding the right mouse button and moving the mouse. Note that not all assets are rendered while in this mode.
6. In this mode you can move without impairments, so simply go wherever you wish and press escape to exit.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.8 GHz
AMD Athlon II x2 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 9 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX
DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/39690/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39690) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.