A third person action-RPG developed by the creators of the legendary Gothic series - German studio Piranha Bytes. In contrast to the aforementioned Gothic, Elex is set in a dark post-apocalyptic universe that combines elements of both science-fiction and fantasy and where technology meets magic. In terms of mechanics, the game is similar to other modern action-RPGs. You get to explore a large open world, embark on a series of storyline missions as well as side quests, encountering numerous non-player characters along the way and, of course, slaying a wide array of monsters. Similarly to previous Piranha Bytes productions, the title features only single player gameplay with no online features.

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PC / Windows
Game Elex (PC) Cover

Elex | PC

Elex release date for PC:

game language:

September 2017 | Worldwide

September 2017 | Europe

September 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.0 / 10 calculated out of 2276 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
Game Elex (XONE) Cover


Elex release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:

September 2017 | Worldwide

September 2017 | Europe PAL

September 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 193 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
Game Elex (PS4) Cover

Elex | PS4

Elex release date for PS4:

game language:

September 2017 | Worldwide

September 2017 | Europe PAL

September 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 235 players' votes.  

Elex for PC / Windows is an action RPG developed by Piranha Bytes, the creators of the Gothic and Risen series, and published by Nordic Games.


The action is set in a fictional post-apocalyptic universe. This dark world is a place where magic and advanced technology coexist together. The game takes us to the planet Magalan which has been struck by a meteor; the catastrophe doomed its civilizations. However, it does not mean that nobody survived - a handful of survivors still live and have split into two groups: those who still have access to the remnants of advanced technology, and those who decided to connect with the nature and revert to simple tools and weapons.

Along with the meteorite, something else arrived at Magalan – the eponymous, mysterious element: Elex. With it, all kinds of armaments can be manufactured; it also enables people to using magic. The trade-off is that the usage of this resource has a side effect – it causes the user’s body to degenerate. The inhabitants of Magalan don't seem to care, though, and keep fighting over its deposits.

Although the society of Magalan is divided into two main groups, the planet is a home to numerous minor factions. The Berserkers seek harmony with the nature, the Clerics demand an altogether ban on using Elex, the Bandits are considered terrorists, while the Albs desire to subjugate all inhabitants of the globe and are known for easily abusing the alien element. The players assume the role of a commander of the last of the aforementioned groups. During a battle, his fighter is shot down and he ends up stranded on the enemy territory belonging to the Berserkers.

Occasionally, we will be faced with decisions that influence the shape of the story, just like in Gothic or Risen. Our choices will determine which faction the protagonist will join.


Elex for PC / Windows offers a grand, open world that can be freely explored without being interrupted by loading screens. The only limitation is our character’s level and the strength of the enemies who guard entrances to some regions of the post-apocalyptic universe. In the game, we visit dark swamps, snowy mountains, and verdant forests, as well as numerous other places. Of course, traversing such vast area and traveling between locations would be tiresome in the long run – this is why the developers introduced a quick travel system in the form of teleports. We may also use jetpacks that are part of the protagonist’s inventory.

In our travels, we will meet many interesting characters who have their own opinions on the world around them. Some of them are friendly, while others are hostile towards the protagonist. Of course, combat is an important element of Elex, and just like in the Gothic and Risen series the hero has to face many opponents, including mutated monsters. Our character has a wide and varied arsenal at his disposal, including both melee weapons, such as swords or advanced hand-to-hand combat gadgets, and rare firearms like laser rifles. There is no shortage of different armors, as well.

Game modes

Just like all previous Piranha Bytes games, Elex does not offer a multiplayer mode, for the developers focused solely on the single player story campaign.


The graphics of Elex represent high-level quality. The locations we visit in the game look very pretty, especially on state-of-the art machines. The title is powered by a modified version of the engine that Piranha Bytes used in their previous productions.

System requirements

Minimum: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 570/Radeon HD 5870 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

Elex prologue (dubbing PL)

Elex prologue (dubbing PL) | 2:25

Zdubbingowany prolog gry Elex pozwala poznać jakość polskiej lokalizacji tej produkcji.

Elex Interview - “If we were to do another Gothic title, we feel like we’re in a closet”

Feature 24 August 2015 12:30

How much Gothic can we find in Elex? How will our cooperation with factions work? We had a chance to talk to Bjorn Pankratz, the game director at Piranha Bytes, and we asked him to shed some more light on their upcoming RPG.

Elex pushed back to Q3 2017

News 07 March 2017 12:27

Did you hope to play Elex within a couple of months? Well, don't. The next action RPG from Piranha Bytes is not coming out until Q3 2017.

Elex to feature 50-80 hours of gameplay and better animations – new info emerged

News 22 August 2016 16:44

Recently we've seen a gameplay footage from Elex, and now the developers at Piranha Bytes decided to share a handful of interesting new details on their upcoming action RPG.

Elex gamescom 2016 gameplay emerged online

News 19 August 2016 10:45

Elex, the next action RPG from Gothic and Risen creators, has been showcased at gamescom 2016. A 9-minute long gameplay footage emerged online, giving a glimpse at the game's current state.

Elex – new screenshots released

News 30 May 2016 16:00

Piranha Bytes has released a set of new screenshots from Elex, their latest game currently in development, due to release in 2017.

Elex estimated system requirements and release date

News 23 November 2015 14:37

Elex will come out in early 2017, as stated on its Steam page. The same source reveals the game’s early system requirements.

Elex on New Screenshots. Swords, Monsters, Cars, and Jetpacks in One Game

News 13 August 2015 12:25

New screenshots from Elex just emerged. See how this new project from Gothic creators combines a fantasy realm with high-tech.

Elex Officially Announced. It’s a New Project From Gothic’s Creators

News 03 July 2015 12:28

The countdown on the website of the mysterious Elex project has come to an end, and Nordic Games has revealed its details. It turns out that it’s eventually Piranha Bytes (and not, as previously speculated, Vigil Games) that is working on the game.

Elex hands-on – science-fantasy for fans of Gothic

Preview 21 October 2016 15:00

After some time spent watching and then playing Elex, an RPG by the German studio Piranha Bytes, it’s hard to believe it will be on par with Gothic. Will a well-developed world make up for technical shortcomings?

Elex Hands-on – the most ambitious game from creators of Gothic and Risen

Preview 13 June 2016 09:00

Elex, the new game from Piranha Bytes, combines elements of Gothic with a completely new universe. We’ve had the opportunity to see and try out the game for ourselves.