Gothic 3

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Gothic 3
Gothic 3 cover
Developers
Piranha Bytes
Publishers
JoWood Productions
Nordic Games
Engines
Genome Gaming System
Release dates
Windows October 13, 2006
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

Install Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14 for many crucial performance improvements and bug fixes.

General information

Official site
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 Install Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14.
GamersGate GamersGate Downloader (listed as "DRM Free" on store page) Install Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14.
GOG.com
Steam Opt into the latest Community Patch.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Community Patch 1.75.14 fixes numerous issues, improves performance, graphics and stability, and adds a basic modding tool-set. Using it is strongly recommended. It is also a good idea to enable 'Alternative AI' in the options to take advantage of a much improved combat system. Note that saves from some earlier patch versions are not compatible. This patch is also available as a public Beta branch.[1]

If you experience problems try Community Patch 1.73 or Community Patch 1.74 instead.[2]

Gothic 3 Update Pack[edit]

The Update Pack works on top of the latest Community Patch and includes a number of bug fixes and quality of life improvements. Also contains tweaks to combat and additional features for modders.

Enable the Community Patch 1.75 beta branch[edit]

Steam users can opt into downloading the latest Community Patch.
Opt-into CPT beta branch[3]
  1. Right-click on Gothic 3 in your Steam Library.
  2. From the drop-down menu which appears, select Properties.
  3. From the window which appears, select the Betas tab.
  4. Under Select the beta you would like to opt into, click on the menu box.
  5. From the drop-down menu, select cpt_1.75_testbranch -.
  6. Click the Close button.

Notes

Only for Steam users.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Rename/delete logo videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Video\
  2. Delete or rename G3_Logo_01.bik, Publisher.bik and CPT.bik.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\gothic3\UserOptions.ini

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\gothic3

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video options.
Video options.
Details options.
Details options.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Requires Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14. HUD position is incorrect.[4]
Ultra-widescreen
Requires Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 60°; see Field of view (FOV).
Windowed
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Enable Windowed mode and use Borderless Windowed.[5]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Choice of Anisotropic 1x/4x/8x/16x (with Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14).
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Choice of Off or FXAA (with Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[6]
Color blind mode

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Edit ge3.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Ini\
  2. Open ge3.ini.
  3. Change Camera.FOV= to the value you want (default is 60°).
  4. Save your changes.

Windowed[edit]

Edit ge3.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Ini\
  2. Open ge3.ini.
  3. Change Fullscreen=true to Fullscreen=false
  4. Save your changes. Reverse this change to go back to fullscreen mode.

Notes

The Windows cursor will be visible during gameplay - see Hide system cursor when game is in focus for a solution.

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options.
Audio options.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, voice, music, FX and ambient sliders.
Surround sound
Supports multiple configurations (5.1, 7.1, etc.)
Subtitles
Enabled by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

If some languages are not listed in-game ensure you have installed Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14.
Language UI Audio CC Notes
English
Czech
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Polish
Full Polish version available on Steam (despite not being stated on store page)[1][7] and on cdp.pl.
Portuguese
Russian
Audio only in Russian retail versions; all others are text-only.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Game slows down randomly[edit]

Change timer setting[8]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Ini\
  2. Open ge3.ini.
  3. Find Timer.ThreadSafe (if this line is missing install Gothic 3 Patch 1.75.14).
  4. Change Timer.ThreadSafe=true to Timer.ThreadSafe=false
  5. Save your changes and close the file.

Other information[edit]

Hide system cursor when game is in focus[edit]

When running in Windowed mode the game displays both in-game cursor and system cursor. This may be annoying for some people. Below is the script to solve this issue.
Use AutoHotkey[citation needed]
1. Download and install AutoHotkey.
2. Start it, edit the script and use the one provided below:
; Script to hide cursor http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1432431
; Modified by Nirklars and adjusted to work with Gothic 3 by SuicideMachine
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%  ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.


SystemCursor("Init")

SetTimer, CheckIdle, 250
return

CheckIdle:
if WinActive("ahk_class Gothic3 Engine") 
{
    SystemCursor("Off")
}
else
{
    SystemCursor("On")
}
return

#Persistent
OnExit, ShowCursor  ; Ensure the cursor is made visible when the script exits.
return

ShowCursor:
SystemCursor("On")
ExitApp

SystemCursor(OnOff=1)   ; INIT = "I","Init"; OFF = 0,"Off"; TOGGLE = -1,"T","Toggle"; ON = others
{
    static AndMask, XorMask, $, h_cursor
        ,c0,c1,c2,c3,c4,c5,c6,c7,c8,c9,c10,c11,c12,c13 ; system cursors
        , b1,b2,b3,b4,b5,b6,b7,b8,b9,b10,b11,b12,b13   ; blank cursors
        , h1,h2,h3,h4,h5,h6,h7,h8,h9,h10,h11,h12,h13   ; handles of default cursors
    if (OnOff = "Init" or OnOff = "I" or $ = "")       ; init when requested or at first call
    {
        $ = h                                          ; active default cursors
        VarSetCapacity( h_cursor,4444, 1 )
        VarSetCapacity( AndMask, 32*4, 0xFF )
        VarSetCapacity( XorMask, 32*4, 0 )
        system_cursors = 32512,32513,32514,32515,32516,32642,32643,32644,32645,32646,32648,32649,32650
        StringSplit c, system_cursors, `,
        Loop %c0%
        {
            h_cursor   := DllCall( "LoadCursor", "uint",0, "uint",c%A_Index% )
            h%A_Index% := DllCall( "CopyImage",  "uint",h_cursor, "uint",2, "int",0, "int",0, "uint",0 )
            b%A_Index% := DllCall("CreateCursor","uint",0, "int",0, "int",0
                , "int",32, "int",32, "uint",&AndMask, "uint",&XorMask )
        }
    }
    if (OnOff = 0 or OnOff = "Off" or $ = "h" and (OnOff < 0 or OnOff = "Toggle" or OnOff = "T"))
        $ = b  ; use blank cursors
    else
        $ = h  ; use the saved cursors

    Loop %c0%
    {
        h_cursor := DllCall( "CopyImage", "uint",%$%%A_Index%, "uint",2, "int",0, "int",0, "uint",0 )
        DllCall( "SetSystemCursor", "uint",h_cursor, "uint",c%A_Index% )
    }
}
3. Reload the script in AHK.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia
ATI/AMD
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Nvidia
ATI/AMD
256 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gothic 3 at SteamDB
  2. Gothic 3 breaks with Community Patch 1.75 (including solution) :: Gothic 3 General Discussions
  3. Steam Community Discussion - Patch 1.75 Steam Beta Branch - last accessed on 2016-09-30
  4. Gothic 3 | WSGF
  5. Verified by Garrett on August 13, 2016
  6. New 120Hz Games Report
  7. Verified by Suicide Machine on August 13, 2016
  8. G3 - Mysterious Slow Motion Problem - Forum - GOG.com