Piranha Bytes

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Pluto 13 GmbH
Piranha Bytes
Piranha Bytes Software GmbH (1997–2002)
Industry Video game industry
Founded 1997; 21 years ago (1997) in Bochum, Germany
  • Michael Hoge
  • Tom Putzki
  • Stefan Nyul
  • Alex Brüggemann
Headquarters Essen, Germany
Key people
Michael Rüve Jr. (managing director)
Number of employees
30[1] (2017)
Parent Phenomedia (1999–2002)
Website pluto13.de

Pluto 13 GmbH, doing business as Piranha Bytes, is a German video game developer based in Essen. Founded in 1997, they are best known for their Gothic and Risen series of role-playing video games.


In 1997, Michael Hoge, Tom Putzki, Stefan Nyul and Alex Brüggemann incorporated Piranha Bytes Software GmbH in Bochum, Germany.[2] In 1999, the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of German publisher Phenomedia.[2] Following a financial scandal, Phenomedia filed for insolvency in May 2002, as a result of which Piranha Bytes' management formed a new, independent company titled Pluto 13 GmbH.[2] In September 2002, Piranha Bytes acquired their trademarks, including the rights to their Gothic series, from Phenomedia, with Pluto 13 effectively adopting Piranha Bytes as their trading name.[2] In March 2004, Piranha Bytes was among the founders of GAME Bundesverband.[3]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
PS3 PS4 Win X360 XONE
2001 Gothic No No Yes No No
2002 Gothic II No No Yes No No
2003 Gothic II: Night of the Raven No No Yes No No
2006 Gothic 3 No No Yes No No
2009 Risen No No Yes Yes No
2012 Risen 2: Dark Waters Yes No Yes Yes No
2014 Risen 3: Titan Lords Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2017 ELEX No Yes Yes No Yes


  1. ^ "Faszination Piranha Bytes - Sie entwickeln seit 20 Jahren das gleiche Spiel und werden trotzdem geliebt. Wie kann das sein?". GameStar. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d Lück, Patrick (29 April 2012). "Piranha Bytes - Die Fantasten aus dem Pott". GameStar. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 
  3. ^ Klinge, Heiko (8 March 2004). "G.A.M.E. - Bundesverband der Spiele-Entwickler gegründet". GameStar. Retrieved 28 April 2018. 

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