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The original Gothic returns, debuted on the Switch today

A classic fantasy aRPG returns today for the Nintendo Switch, with the release of THQ Nordic’s Gothic Classic.

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A classic PC aRPG indeed, Gothic first debuted on the PC way back in 2001, and brought plenty of swordplay and magic casting with it. It also spawned a few sequels, of which all are held in pretty high regard. But if you’ve been hankering for a return to the original adventure, you’re in some serious luck today.

THQ Nordic has resurrected Gothic as “Gothic Classic”, and released the game for the Nintendo Switch, complete with a few key enhancements. Aside from some quality of life stuff, modern players can also get down with joy-con motion controls, which should vary gameplay nicely.

Here’s a look at it in action:

War has been waged across the kingdom of Myrtana. Orcish hordes invaded human territory and the king of the land needed a lot of ore to forge enough weapons, should his army stand against this threat. Whoever breaks the law in these darkest of times is sentenced to serve in the giant penal colony of Khorinis, mining the so much needed ore. You are thrown through the barrier into this prison colony. With your back against the wall, you must survive and form volatile alliances until you can finally escape.

THQ Nordic press release

While it might have the look of a more action oriented title, don’t be fooled. Gothic Classic is a massive RPG at heart. The game serves up some 50 hours of play, complete with a full arsenal of medieval weapons, full character development system, and three different “camps” to pick from, all of which alter the story. The world of Myrtana is also a “living” one according to THQ Nordic. Players can expect to see full day/night cycles, and also a citizenry that actually goes to work, eats, sleeps, and battles to survive.

Prepare thyself, Gothic Classic is out now for the Switch.

About Jason Micciche

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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