Piranha Bytes (Company)

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Piranha Bytes are developers of computer games located in the Ruhrgebiet, Germany’s industrial heartland. They have developed the much acclaimed GOTHIC® (publisher: Shoebox and JoWooD) and Risen® (publisher: Deep Silver) computer roleplaying series.

Pluto 13 GmbH was founded in 2002 by employees and management of Piranha Bytes Software GmbH. Piranha Bytes Software GmbH was itself founded in 1997 and later (1999) turned into a 100% subsidiary of Phenomedia AG, a company listed on Germany’s Neuer Markt stock exchange. In 2001 the first GOTHIC game was released to the public. In May 2002 Phenomedia AG went into insolvency proceedings due to irregularities for which several former group managers (not Piranha Bytes’ management!) have been tried for in a German criminal court of law.

It was therefore decided to make a clean cut and negotiate an MBO with the administrator, which was concluded in September 2002. Pluto 13 GmbH was founded and major assets, trademarks and most staff were transferred to the new company. One of the four original founders remained with the team in a leading position.

Pluto 13 GmbH is a privately owned limited liability corporation under German law, all shares are held by staff and management. Current (2013) permanent staff is around 20 people - all but of one doing active development (designers, programmers, scripters, artists...).

Parent company:
THQ Nordic

Release Date
Gothic II: The Night of the Raven
August 21st, 2003 (16 years ago)
PC (Microsoft Windows)
Gothic II
November 29th, 2002 (17 years ago)
PC (Microsoft Windows)
March 15th, 2001 (19 years ago)
PC (Microsoft Windows)
Gothic 3
October 13th, 2006 (13 years ago)
PC (Microsoft Windows)
October 2nd, 2009 (10 years ago)
PC (Microsoft Windows) / Xbox 360
Risen 2: Dark Waters
April 24th, 2012 (8 years ago)
PlayStation 3 / PC (Microsoft Windows) / Xbox 360
October 17th, 2017 (2 years ago)
PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC (Microsoft Windows)
Risen 3: Titan Lords
August 12th, 2014 (5 years ago)
PlayStation Network / PlayStation 3 / PC (Microsoft Windows) / Xbox 360

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