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Piranha Bytes
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows October 2, 2009
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
Steam Users' Forums for game series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Solidshield DRM disc check; use Patch 1.11 Final to remove.
GamersGate GamersGate Downloader (listed as "DRM Free" on store page)
Humble Store
Green Man Gaming
Steam 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.

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
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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video Settings settings.
Video Settings settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
See Widescreen resolution.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
FOV setting in ConfigDefault.xml is ignored.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Can be set in video card driver.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
No option in-game and driver override has no effect. Try capping FPS with external software instead.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]
Color blind mode

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[3]
  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.

Input settings[edit]

Key rebinding menu
Key rebinding menu
Keyboard and mouse Native 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

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.
This setting is not linear and may appear to do nothing on high DPI mice. e.g. "0.1f" and "0.01f" is almost the same thing. If zero is too high try negative values!

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings
Audio settings
Audio options Native 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 CC Notes
Only available in Polish retail release.
A Turkish fan patch is 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)[4]

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

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
64-bit executable


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

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP Vista
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz Dual-core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.5 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 7900
ATI Radeon HD 1800
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
NVIDIA GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 2900
512 MB of VRAM


  1. Why not available to AUS? :: Risen General Discussions
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. http://www.wsgf.org/dr/risen
  4. Getting "failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect" error when launching, page 1 - Forum - GOG.com