Risen 2 - Dark Waters

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The version of Risen 2: Dark Waters which can be purchased on

Application Details:

License: Retail
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.0

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

I have fully played through the game on my main system. Everything appears to work fine except for the items listed as not working.

What does not

  • The company logo videos that are played on starting the game do not work
  • Shadows are a bit buggy, particularly in indoor areas. If you look around the room you start in after starting a new game (or inside the cave on the beach nearby) this issue will be immediately obvious; this can be quite distracting so you may want to disable shadows at least when in those areas.
  • The player character's eye and gnomes' faces are rendered completely black


Requires physx and native d3dcompiler_43

What was not tested

I didn't do absolutely everything there is to do in the game as several playthroughs would be needed for that (for different character builds/abilities etc).

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

This report is based on my notes and testing during the creation and maintenance of my wrapper for the GOG version of this game:

Prefix configuration:

  • CSMT was enabled
  • Wine Mono and Wine Gecko were not installed

If running the game with virtual desktop enabled, you must also set "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows".

Tested systems:

  • AMD R7 1700 @ 3.7GHz, 16GB RAM, AMD RX 480 8GB (main system)
  • Intel i7-2600k @ 4.5GHz, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 750 Ti
  • Intel i3-6100, 4GB RAM, Intel HD 530 graphics (the game ran but was unplayable on this system, with very poor visual quality and performance)

All running Linux Mint 18.x with kernel 4.13.0-38 and stable Mesa from Padoka's PPA (for AMD/Intel graphics) or Nvidia's proprietary drivers. While the game starts on the system with Intel graphics, it is inadequate for actually playing it due to poor performance and visual quality.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint 18.3 "Sylvia" x86_64Apr 11 20183.0Yes Yes YesSilveradamhm 
ShowZorin OSMay 22 20172.7Yes Yes PlatinumAndré Savetier 

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update to previous post
by zpangwin on Tuesday April 6th 2021, 20:23
For anyone following my previous instructions and running into the error:

wine: could not open working directory L"unix\\media\\f\\wine\\games\\gog-risen-2\\", starting in the Windows directory.
Application could not be started, or no application associated with the specified file.
ShellExecuteEx failed: File not found.

This is likely related to bug 50867, introduced under wine staging 6.5:

The quick fix is to just copy / link wine's start.exe into C:/Windows so that it is found using the new PATH rules introduced in wine 6.5. According to the ticket comments, it also sounds like this will be resolved in a future patch.

cd /drive_c/windows
# if file does not exist under C:/Windows, then hard-link
# the copy from C:/Windows/command
test ! -f "start.exe" && ln command/start.exe start.exe

You can see my updated instructions including a workaround for the above, how to integrate gamemoderun into the launch command to prevent the screensaver from activating while playing, several options for installing the Risen 2 Unofficial Patch, and some very detailed game data sheets covering in-game stats/locations by checking out my git repo on github/gitlab:
GOG version working great on fedora 33 cinnamon
by zpangwin on Friday March 5th 2021, 1:01
This is for the **GOG** version only. Steam version doesn't start (likely either due to 64-bit winprefix proton uses or drm)

Distro: Fedora 33 Cinnamon spin
GPU: GeForce GTX 970 driver: nvidia v: 460.32.03
Kernel: 5.10.19
System Wine: wine-6.3 (Staging) - installed via winehq repo
Winetricks: 20210206-next - installed via github repo

statuss: Game launches. Logo/splash screen videos give black screen with audio but actual story intro video works correctly (audio + video). Xbox 360 controller worked fine after enabling via game menu.

install steps:
# /gaming = mountpoint for a HDD
cd /gaming/wine;
# create prefix
env WINEPREFIX="$PFXD" WINEARCH=win32 wine wineboot;
# install wine depends - not sure if all of these are needed
env WINEPREFIX="$PFXD" winetricks vcrun2005 d3dx9 physx win7 d3dcompiler_43 corefonts gdiplus vcrun6 d3dx9_43;
# copy all game installers to C:\temp
mkdir -p "$PFXD/drive_c/temp";
cp -a -t "$PFXD/drive_c/temp" ~/gog-risen2-installers/*;
# install base game
env WINEPREFIX="$PFXD" wine start /D"C:/temp" "setup_risen_2_-_dark_waters_1.0_(18732).exe";
# install dlc
env WINEPREFIX="$PFXD" wine start /D"C:/temp" "setup_risen_2_gold_edition_1.0_(18732).exe"
# run game
env WINE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE=1 WINEPREFIX="$PFXD" wine start /D"C:/GOG/Risen2/system" "Risen.exe"

# if you would like to install the unofficial patch
# you need to trick it into thinking this is the steam version
# Assuming you installed to 'C:\GOG\Risen2' (or can change the path),
# create a text file at C:\risen2.reg with windows-style line endings
# and add the following:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Steam App 40390]


# start wine regedit then from its menus: Registry > import > (import file)
# then get the unofficial path installer from:
# run the installer with:
env WINEPREFIX="$PFXD" wine start /D"C:/temp" "risen2_unofficial_patch-setup-0.5.exe"

The patch does not overwrite any files. It adds the following files (sha256 sums incl):
./data/common/templates.p00 75c474c036d23b59ccb3c432c14dfaffc7ec4d721ee65e97c1e79e65b747bc65
./data/compiled/library.p00 9746453b13dbd88e95cdf906402e69deadf60b58d2cb2dfd02564147f1da3385
./data/compiled/strings.p00 f8a052b89e8ddaa1d2f28a7cf94b283040e8c91aa2c29e3aa6291eb9edb445ad
./r2_unofficial_patch-uninst.exe b57e912f5e9a0e8e39eb1e19a32fdd69f00a6a5c0c1eb677bebce94eec310465

To remove the patch, you can either move/delete the files manually or run the uninstaller with wine.

For a *.desktop shortcut, replace variables with their resolved paths and use absolute command paths:
Exec=/usr/bin/env WINE_LARGE_ADDRESS_AWARE=1 WINEPREFIX="/gaming/wine/gog-risen-2" /usr/bin/wine start /D"C:/GOG/Risen2/system" "Risen.exe"