A massive total conversion mod for the cRPG Gothic II is nearing the finish line after four years of hard work. Known in English as The Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos, players will be able to explore the island of Archolos on December 12th.
Originally released in 2001, the Gothic trilogy is a series of German RPGs that takes place in a fantasy realm where humans are fighting a losing battle against the orcs. In order to fuel the war machine and fight back, the king sets up a prison colony known as the Valley of Mines dedicated to mining magical ores to use for troop armaments. The first game in the series has players controlling a nameless character sent to this colony. However, The Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos takes place before the events of the first Gothic game. Fleeing the war, a man named Marvin arrives on the titular island only to find greedy merchants, royal servants enacting restrictive laws, and other refugees desperately searching for a better life.
As the mod's website explains, The Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos was made to "honor one the best classic cRPG and take the die-hard fans of the original Gothic trilogy, as well as new players, on one more adventure in the Kingdom of Myrtana." Players can expect to find over 60 hours of content in the mod, along with over 170 quests and more than 1400 NPCs. In addition, the soundtrack features over 30 tracks composed with live instruments with the help of composer Kamil Jędrzejewski, sound director Szymon Nawrocki, and Andante's Inferno orchestra.
The Chronicles of Myrtana: Archolos releases on Steam and GOG on December 12th. You need the original Gothic II in order to play the mod.