Risen 2 is an action role-playing game from German developer Piranha Bytes, best known for the Gothic series. The storyline finds the nameless hero from the first game on a mission to stop the evil Titans and restore hope to a fantasy world. The game takes place on the southern continent of Arborea, the only locale that has been spared by the Titans. Players will interact with the natives of Arborea, comprised of warriors, hunters, and shaman, members of the Inquisition army, and a band of drunken, shifty pirates who aren't above using "dirty tricks" in a fight.
The combat once again relies on the player's proficiency in edged or ranged weapons (including the new addition of firearms), with the ability to parry, block, and sidestep to avoid getting hit by enemies. Skills to enhance your character are unlocked by first assigning "learning points" to specific areas of interest. Accompanying you on your journey is a gnome named Jaffar, who will scoop up treasure and assist in combat. You can also choose to align yourself with either the natives or Inquisition, each offering a quest line that will shape your character's story in different ways.
The special edition version of Risen 2, available exclusively to those who pre-order the game, includes the Treasure Isle downloadable mission pack and a double-sided poster, which features a map of the game's world on one side and artwork on the other. The Treasure Isle mission pack offers new quest lines and a new island location with an estimated five hours of additional content. Risen 2: Dark Waters -- Special Edition also includes alternate box art to distinguish it from the regular version of the game.