Piranha Bytes is a German computer game developer known for their Gothic computer role-playing game series. Formerly the name of a now defunct company, the registered trademark and label "Piranha Bytes" was transferred during a management buyout. The company's legal name is now Pluto 13 GmbH.

After disagreements, Piranha Bytes split from JoWood Productions in 2007, their publisher at that time. Due to a contract between the two companies, JoWooD retained some rights to the Gothic name and to current and future games released under this trademark. The specifics of this contract remain confidential.[1]

Until these events, the titles in the Gothic series were the only games Piranha Bytes had produced. They have since released a new game named Risen[2] for which a sequel was announced in August 2010 [3].



  1. Pluto 13 (2007-06-06). Rights to „Gothic “ (PDF). Retrieved on 2007-09-21 “Specific rights to already or yet to be published games [...] were contractually granted to JoWooD [...] The same applies to [...] the trademark “GOTHIC”. These contracts are extensive and confidential.”
  2. geschrieben von Rashnu (2007-08-23). [Games Convention] Further Details About RPB. Retrieved on 2007-09-21 “Mike Hoge [...] Björn Pankratz [...] and Kai Rosenkranz [...] gave away further details about the new roleplaying game developed by Piranha Bytes.”
  3. Announce of Deep Silver at a press conference at the Gamescom (18.08.2010)

External links

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