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Piranha Bytes
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows October 2, 2009
Metacritic 77
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres RPG, ARPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Risen
Risen on HowLongToBeat
Risen on IGDB
Risen guide on StrategyWiki
Risen on MobyGames
Risen on Wikipedia
Risen 2009
Risen 2: Dark Waters 2012
Risen 3: Titan Lords 2014

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
TAGES Solidshield DRM disc check; use Patch 1.11 Final to remove.
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Humble Store
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Not available in Australia and New Zealand.[1]

Essential improvements[edit]


Patch 1.11 Final fixes various issues and removes copy protection.
The Risen Unofficial patch fixes a number of minor issues with gameplay, localisation, quests and dialog that were not addressed in the official patches. Works on official patch versions 1.10 and 1.11.
FPS and aspect ratio fix fixes the dissappearing bug when climbing and stumble in the air bug by limiting the framerate. Lowers down the mouse sensitivity and sets the correct resolution by automatically editing the INI files.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Remove intro videos from playlist[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\extern\videos\
  2. Open logo.ini.
  3. Delete all of its contents.
  4. Save the file.

Game data[edit]

General options, including subtitles and mouse Y-axis inversion
General options, including subtitles and mouse Y-axis inversion

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Risen\ConfigUser.xml[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40300/pfx/[Note 2]
ConfigUser.xml overrides ConfigDefault.xml; make changes in ConfigUser.xml unless otherwise noted.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Risen\SaveGames
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/40300/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Video Settings settings.
Video Settings settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
native 3840x2160 support. Can go higher in Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Risen -ConfigUser.xml
Field of view (FOV)
FOV setting in ConfigDefault.xml is ignored.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Nvidia users can force SGSSAA. See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
No option in-game and driver override has no effect. Try capping FPS with external software instead.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Better graphics[edit]

Quality can be further improved (e.g. higher draw distance) by editing config files.[3][4]

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Aspect ratio is fully correct for 16:9 only. 16:10 resolutions are listed in-game but have some UI elements slightly squashed.
Fix aspect ratio[5]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\ini
  2. Edit ConfigDefault.xml
  3. Under Aspect16x9 change VirtalWidth= to match the equivalent of your aspect ratio for a height of 768 pixels (e.g. use 1228 for 16:10).
  4. Go to %LOCALAPPDATA%\Risen
  5. Edit ConfigUser.xml
  6. Change Bottom= to the resolution's full height (not the scaled height set before).
  7. Change Right= to the resolution's full width.


The sizing of the HUD, fonts, and inventory/map/journal screens can be changed by adjusting the values for both VirtalWidth= and VirtalHeight= (use values that still equal a correct aspect ratio for the resolution you are using). Non-default settings will cause some minor positioning issues.


Enable windowed mode in config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\ini
  2. Edit ConfigDefault.xml.
  3. Change FullScreen="true" to FullScreen="false"


Desktop cursor will appear in-game.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

SGSSAA (Nvidia only)[citation needed]
  1. Open Risen driver profile via Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Change Antialiasing compatibility to 0x000002C1[6]
  3. Change Antialiasing - Mode to Override any application setting.
  4. Change Antialiasing - Setting to 4x [4x Multisampling] or 8xQ [8x Multisampling].
  5. Change Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling to 4x Sparse Grid Supersampling or 8x Sparse Grid Supersampling. This should match your Multisampling selection.
  6. Apply changes.
  7. Set Depth of field to Off in the games video settings


High quality anti-aliasing.
Performance demanding.


Key rebinding menu
Key rebinding menu

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Quicksave, quickload and some other keys are locked in the binds menu. Can be edited in ConfigUser.xml.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Under Game settings.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

Change sensitivity in config file[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\ini
  2. Edit ConfigDefault.xml
  3. Find SensitivityX="0.5f" and change 0.5 to a value of your choosing for X-axis sensitivity.
  4. Do the same for SensitivityY="0.5f" for the Y-axis sensitivity.
Does not affect mouse sensitivity in menus; only affects mouse-look speed during gameplay.
Recommended values are -0.3 for X axis and 0.1 for Y axis. If the negative value for the X axis is below a certain number the axis gets reversed.


Audio settings
Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, voice, effects, ambient and master volume.
Surround sound
Under Game settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Available in Polish retail release. Download from here.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation; download.
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.
Available here.

Issues fixed[edit]

"The program cannot start because PhysXLoader.dll is missing from your computer" error at launch[edit]

Install PhysX[citation needed]

Install the NVIDIA PhysX System Software.

"The application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect" error at launch[edit]

Install Visual C++ 2005 (x86)[7]

Install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86).

The above link appears to be broken now, try this link instead (restart computer after installing to take effect): Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio FMOD 4.24.0
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.8i

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 7900
ATI Radeon X1800
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/40300/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (40300) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.