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Piranha Bytes
Release dates
Windows March 15, 2001
Linux 2005


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Install the version 1.08k patch.
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Only sold as part of bundles. SystemPack included since March 2021

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\system\GOTHIC.INI[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/65540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/65540/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only some resolutions listed; see Widescreen resolution.
Use SystemPack.
Use SystemPack.
4K Ultra HD
Use SystemPack.
Field of view (FOV)
Use SystemPack.
Works with limitations; see Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Works with limitations; see Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Forcing in the graphics card's control panel may cause black videos.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Capped at 25 FPS by default; use SystemPack.
120+ FPS
Use SystemPack. Framerate affects sliding on terrain.[1]



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound and music.
Surround sound
Change Speakers to Surround.
Disabled by default; set in Settings, Game, Subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Not supported.
EAX support
Change Soundprovider to EAX 2. Hardware accelerated DirectSound3D and EAX2 (on compatible sound cards with restoration software like ALchemy or 3D SoundBack) isn't available until the fix is applied.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

This game requires a virtual reality headset.
3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Gothic [DX11].
Included in DGVoodoo2 Default Profile.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.
Headsets Native Notes
HTC Vive
Oculus Rift
Windows Mixed Reality
Devices Native Notes
Tracked motion controllers
Traditional controller
See Input for details.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7, 11 Fan made D3D11 render available here. Requires 1.08 patch, Playerkit 1.08k and Systempack installed.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.0k
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.0v
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

Proton/Steam Deck[edit]

State Notes
Officially available for Linux
Officially supported (Linux version is not available on Steam; see Availability for details).
ProtonDB rating Some sort of note about something
Steam Deck verified
Some Deck note
Steam Deck resolution support
The Steam Deck's resolution might not be supported (see Video for details).
Controller support level
See Input for details.
Steam controller prompts
See Input for details.
Anticheat compatibility
Anticheat is compatible with Proton. For Proton, PunkBuster may need to be installed/updated manually with the latest Windows installer.
Steam Deck compatibility estimate This game will run on the Steam Deck but resolution may require some user configuration (see Video).

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, ME, XP, 2000
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 700 MB
Video card (GPU) 3D Accelerated Graphics Card
4 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 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>/65540/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (65540) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Suicide machine on August 11, 2016