Axis deliver pirates, monsters and dark magic for Risen 2™: Dark Waters

Project: Risen 2: Dark Waters

RELEASE DATE: 27th April, 2011

Building on the relationship that led to the much talked about Dead Island trailer, UK based animation studio Axis have again worked with publisher Deep Silver on the reveal trailer for Risen 2, which is developed by Piranha Bytes.

Risen 2 is the sequel to the epic action RPG Risen™. The game is drops the player into a cataclysmic world where raging titans have devastated the planet and pushed humanity to the brink of existence.

The trailer, which was directed by Wiek Luijken, follows the games hero as he tries to extract information from one of the many pirates that populate the fantasy world.

“We were already well into production on Dead Island when Deep Silver approached us about working on the Risen 2 trailer.” said Axis Executive Producer Richard Scott.

“Our relationship with all the team at Deep Silver was going so well that we grabbed the chance to get on board another project with them.” Scott continues.

Deep Silver had a clear brief to communicate the change in character types and overall world within Risen 2, and of course develop all the original themes that made the first game so popular.

“The original game was known for having a different attitude to other action RPG games.” said Axis director Wiek Luijken.“They wanted to hold on to the more brutal, gritty reality of the original and weave in the new themes of pirates and magic which is in keeping with the setting in the narrative.”

Luijken took these key elements and created a narrative that focused on the hero character and introduced some familiar and new faces to drive the action and develop the intrigue.

“We wanted the viewers to be asking a few questions after they had watched the trailer.” continued Luijken.“The use of magic only takes up one moment in the film but is a dramatic point in the trailer. It changes the flow of the film reinforcing how important magic, which is in keeping with the setting will be, but leaving the viewer wondering about the scope of how they can use it.”

“It was great to work with Axis Animation on this trailer. From the beginning of our cooperation they had an immediate understanding of what we were looking for and which atmosphere we wanted to convey with this trailer”, commented Daniel Oberlerchner, Senior Brand Manager, Deep Silver.“Risen 2: Dark Waters is not just typical fantasy RPG fare, it sets itself apart with its dark and gritty atmosphere and this was captured beautifully by Axis.”

Wiek Luijken also called on Savalas for music and sound design following the success of the Dead Island sound track that they contributed to.

“We had a great time working with Deep Silver and all our other collaborators so soon after Dead Island. We look forward to bringing everyone back together for more projects!” said Axis Producer Debbie Ross.

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About Axis Animation

Axis is an award winning animation studio, based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, dedicated to creating the best in animation and visual effects for commercials, broadcast, film and interactive entertainment. Recent credits include BAFTA winning Colin and Cumberland for the BBC, D&AD nominated Codehunters short film for MTV Asia and video game trailers for Crackdown 2, Pirates of the Caribbean Armada of the Damned, Singularity, Heavenly Sword, Crysis, Mass Effect 2, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions and Killzone 2.

Contact: Richard Scott +44 (0) 141 572 2802

More information on Axis can be found at www.axisanimation.com

About Deep Silver

Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver products are designed to equally appeal to pros and beginners, children and adults.

Deep Silver has published more than 100 games since 2003, including the Chernobyl shooter S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky and Prison Break: The Conspiracy, the action adventure based on the popular TV series, plus own brands like the action role-playing game Sacred 2: Fallen Angel, successful adventures such as the Secret Files series and Lost Horizon, the Horse Life series of horse simulations, and the role-playing game Risen. For more information please visit www.deepsilver.com

Koch Media is a leading producer and distributor of digital entertainment products (software, games and films). The company's own publishing activities, marketing and distribution extend throughout Europe and the USA. The Koch Media group has more than 15 years of experience in the digital media distribution business, and has risen to become the number one distributor in Europe. It has also formed strategic alliances with numerous games and software publishers: Capcom, Codemasters, Kaspersky Labs, Paradox Entertainment, Square Enix, Tecmo-Koei, and System 3 etc. in various European countries. With Headquarters in Planegg near Munich/Germany, Koch Media owns branches in Germany, England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA. www.kochmedia.com

About Piranha Bytes

Piranha Bytes are based in Germany's old industrial heartland, the Ruhr region. They were founded in 1997, while approximately 20 team members have been working together since 2002. Piranha Bytes have acquired fame with their RPG successes„Gothic" (2001),„Gothic II" (2002),„Gothic– Night of the Raven" (2003) and„Gothic 3" (2006) that have so far sold several million copies worldwide. In 2007 Piranha Bytes have started a new RPG series - Risen. The first part was released in 2009 internationally for Xbox 360 and PC. www.piranha-bytes.com

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