Gothic II

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Gothic II
Gothic II cover
Developers
Piranha Bytes
Publishers
Atari
JoWood Productions
Nordic Games
Engines
ZenGin
Release dates
Windows November 29, 2002
Gothic
Gothic 2001
Gothic II 2002
Gothic 3 2006
Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods 2008
Arcania: Gothic 4 2010
Arcania: Fall of Setarrif 2011

Key points

For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail SecuROM  and SVK Protector DRM disc check.
Amazon.com Standard or Gold Edition.
GamersGate GamersGate Downloader (listed as "DRM Free" on store page)
Gamesplanet Gold Edition.
GameStop Gold Edition.
GOG.com Gold Edition.
Green Man Gaming Gold Edition.
Humble Store Gold Edition.
Steam Gold Edition.

Version differences[edit]

The Gold Edition is a complete edition which includes the Night of the Raven expansion.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Night of the Raven Included with the Gold Edition. Not available separately for some languages (e.g. English).

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest retail patches for the German version are Patch v1.30 for the base Gothic II and Add-on Patch 2.6 for the Night of the Raven expansion. All English versions and German digital distribution versions already include the latest patches.

System Pack[edit]

A fan-made patch, which fixes compatibility issues and adds features. Instructions and download links available here. Requires PlayerKit 2.6f.

D3D11 renderer for Gothic II[edit]

Requires a GPU supporting DX11

A fan-made renderer which adds a wide variety of additional DX11 graphical features, such as hardware tessellation, full dynamic lighting, HBAO+, and more. Can also noticeably improve performance on modern systems, as it replaces the CPU-intensive view culling code. Instructions and downloads available here. Recommended to be used in combination with the System Pack.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Change playLogoVideos setting[1]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit gothic.ini
  3. Change playLogoVideos=1 to playLogoVideos=0
  4. Save your changes.
The game will now go directly to the main menu when launched.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\system\GOTHIC.INI

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Gothic II only natively supports 1280x720, 1280x768, 1280x800, and 1440x900.
The Gothic ½ — SystemPack makes the game Hor+ instead of Vert- and lists most widescreen resolutions.
Use widescreen mod (recommended method)[2]

Use Gothic ½ — SystemPack.

Notes

Characters may look fat/thin after changing the resolution. Save and load the game to correct this.
Set resolution manually (alternate method)[2]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit Gothic.ini
  3. Change extendedMenu=0 to extendedMenu=1
  4. Set zVidResFullscreenX= and zVidResFullscreenY= to the width (X) and height (Y) of your resolution.
  5. Save your changes and launch Gothic II.
NPCs may look fat in widescreen resolutions. Talking to an NPC will fix this until the next time you load a save.

Windowed[edit]

Task-switching may cause repeated Tab input when you return to the game (simply press Tab again to make it work normally).
Task-switching during video cutscenes will crash the game (there are only a few of these).
Change zStartupWindowed setting[1]
  1. Run the game at least once.
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Edit gothic.ini
  4. Change zStartupWindowed=0 to zStartupWindowed=1
  5. Change scaleVideos=1 to scaleVideos=0 (otherwise videos render in the corner of the screen).
  6. Save your changes.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

See Windowed for the limitations of this mode.
Set up borderless fullscreen windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Install the Gothic and Gothic II fullscreen fixes.
  2. Set zStartupWindowed=1 in <path-to-game>\system\Gothic.ini (see Windowed).
  3. Set your desktop resolution in-game. Gothic II should now display as a fullscreen borderless window.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Set zTexAnisotropicFiltering in Gothic.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Gothic.ini
  3. Change zTexAnisotropicFiltering=0 to zTexAnisotropicFiltering=1 and save your changes.
This is only an on/off setting; if it doesn't work or you want a higher setting, force it in the graphics card control panel.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Set zVidEnableAntiAliasing in Gothic.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Gothic.ini
  3. Change zVidEnableAntiAliasing=0 to zVidEnableAntiAliasing=1 and save your changes.
This is only an on/off setting; if it doesn't work or you want a higher setting, force it in the graphics card control panel.
Forcing a higher setting in the graphics card's control panel may cause black videos (sound but no picture).

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
No cursor; buttons and wheel work but can't change settings.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Set in Options, Game Settings, Invert camera.
Controller
Controller support
Limited native support; see Controller support.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Can't map camera controls or axes.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Set in Options, Game Settings, Invert camera.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Controller support[edit]

Set enableJoystick in Gothic.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Gothic.ini.
  3. Change enableJoystick=0 to enableJoystick=1 and save your changes.
Some axes are not be detected and some inputs cannot be set to controller axes, e.g. camera controls.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sfx and music.
Surround sound
Set Speakers to Surround.
Subtitles
Enabled by default; set in Options, Game Settings.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Set sound provide to Creative EAX 2.

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
French
German
Italian
Polish
Available on Steam, despite not being stated in a store.[1][3]
Russian
Spanish

Network[edit]

Use Gothic Multiplayer mod for multiplayer (requires Gothic II Gold or the Night of the Raven expansion).
If the installer can't find the game copy Gothic.exe to Gothic2.exe (see Mods can't find Gothic II).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Dedicated server software available for Windows and Linux.
Self-hosting
Direct IP
gmp:// URLs do not connect to IP addresses.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black videos (sound but no picture)[edit]

This is caused by forcing anti-aliasing in the video card control panel.
Disable video card anti-aliasing[citation needed]
  1. Open the graphics card control panel.
  2. Set anti-aliasing to Application-Controlled.
  3. Apply the changes.
Disable video scaling[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit gothic.ini
  3. Change scaleVideos=1 to scaleVideos=0
  4. Save your changes. Videos will now display centred.

Window border visible in fullscreen mode[edit]

Gothic and Gothic II show a window border in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
The GOG.com version already includes this fix.
Apply the fix[citation needed]
  1. Install the Gothic and Gothic II fullscreen fixes.
  2. Both Gothic and Gothic II will now enter display correctly in fullscreen mode (you do not need to restart your computer).

Low frame rate in fullscreen mode[edit]

Gothic II has frame rate issues in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
Apply necessary fixes[citation needed]
  1. Install the Gothic and Gothic II fullscreen fixes.
  2. Gothic II should now have the correct frame rate in fullscreen mode.

"C: maximum texture size is lower than 32" error[edit]

This error happens if Gothic II isn't able to automatically change to 32-bit color mode.
Change zVidResFullscreenBPP setting[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Edit gothic.ini
  3. Change zVidResFullscreenBPP=16 to zVidResFullscreenBPP=32
  4. Save your changes and run Gothic II again. It should now be able to select the resolution correctly.
If it still can't detect your resolution, try setting it manually (see Widescreen resolution).

Can't Alt+Tab (GOG.com)[edit]

The GOG.com version prevents task switching to avoid some potential issues (e.g. crashing during FMV cutscenes).
Remove GOG.com fix[citation needed]
  1. Open Programs and Features (appwiz.cpl).
  2. Find and remove the GOG.com Gothic 2 entry.
  3. If you are using Windows 8 or later, install the Gothic and Gothic II fullscreen fixes.
  4. Gothic II will now allow you to task switch at any time.

Constant Tab input after Alt+Tab[edit]

After task switching the game may constantly repeat Tab input; press Tab again to stop this.

Mods can't find Gothic II[edit]

Some mods expect the game executable to be called Gothic2.exe.
Copy Gothic.exe to Gothic2.exe[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Go into system
  3. Make a copy of Gothic.exe.
  4. Rename the copy to Gothic2.exe.
  5. The mod installer should now see the game correctly.

Notes

Some mods require running the game with Gothic2.exe.

Camera spins uncontrollably[edit]

Disable display scaling[4]

Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1, 11 DirectX 11 requires fan-made renderer.
Shader Model support 1, 5 Shader Model 5 requires fan-made renderer.
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.5e
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5v

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Pentium II 400 MHz Pentium III 600 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.6 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
64 MB of VRAM

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Verified by Suicide Machine on August 13, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gothic II | WSGF
  3. Gothic II: Gold Edition on SteamDB
  4. Gothic 2 (classic) Camera spins uncontrollably