Gothic 3

While the previous games centered around the Valley of Mines and Khorinis, Gothic 3 moves away from those locations to a newer, larger environment. This story involves the continent of Myrtana, which is in the midst of war. Orcs have enslaved the human kingdom with only a few free humans living in the nearly uninhabitable icy northlands of Nordmar, the southern desert of Varrant, and the mountainous forests of the Middle Realm. Players can choose to join the rebellion and stay true to the deposed human king, serve the Orcish usurpers in their quest to topple the last remaining human stronghold, or choose a path that serves their own ends. Every decision made has an impact on the game world, and tips the in-game balance of power. Given the non-linear storyline, every game is theoretically unique, with the player ultimately deciding the fate of humankind. A number of NPCs accompany the player throughout the game.

Application Details:

Version: 1.x
License: Retail
Votes: 53
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.9.5

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Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Install game Configure game options Menu

What does not

Keyboard in game, black sky and black streaks everywhere, many graphical bugs, mouse escape the window.

What was not tested


Additional Comments

Tested with official 1.12 patch.
selected in Test Results table below
DistributionTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?RatingSubmitter
ShowMac OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"Apr 01 20161.9.5N/A Yes PlatinumJans de Jager 
ShowUbuntu 13.04 "Raring" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Dec 26 20141.7.33Yes Yes Bronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Aug 04 20141.7.22Yes Yes GoldLuis Alvarado 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 04 20141.6.2Yes Yes Goldan anonymous user 
ShowLinux Mint 15 "Olivia" x86_64Jan 12 20141.7.9Yes Yes GoldPhilipglo Joshua Opulencia 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6971 Mouse "escapes" window or is confined to an area in the full screen program CLOSED FIXED View
7027 Gothic 3 Demo Installer fails CLOSED FIXED View
7523 Gothic 3 with enabled GLSL crashes CLOSED FIXED View
7991 Test Drive: Unlimited messed up graphics REOPENED View
9492 Gothic 3 and LostPlanet are crashing during loading of new game CLOSED FIXED View
9696 Gothic3 fonts missing CLOSED INVALID View
9717 Gothic 3 - shadow on the upper half of the screen (ORM=backbuffer) CLOSED WONTFIX View
9719 Gothic 3 - torch - crash CLOSED FIXED View
10264 Multiple games wrapped with Tages Protection 5.x DRM scheme fail to start (Tages driver needs 'IoAllocateMdl' implementation) CLOSED FIXED View
10778 Gothic3 crashs after warp (VIRTmem > 4096MB?) CLOSED FIXED View
11535 Gothic3 - graphic errors when resolution is higher than 1024x768 CLOSED FIXED View
13856 Gothic3 - Splash screen isn't transparent CLOSED DUPLICATE View
14059 Gothic 3 : speech.pak not ready error CLOSED INVALID View
15791 Gothic 3 graphic bug CLOSED ABANDONED View
16046 Gothic3 is not starting CLOSED ABANDONED View
16500 Gothic 3 Forsaken Gods: Water textures not working CLOSED FIXED View
16840 Children of the nile demo crashes when loading the menu CLOSED FIXED View
17637 Gothic III: Flickering black/textured polygones at some places CLOSED DUPLICATE View
17857 Gothic 3 works in no OffscreenRenderingMode CLOSED INVALID View
17911 Gothic 3: Stripe on the right part of the screen is not updated in high resolutions CLOSED FIXED View
18497 Gothic 3: Failure at starting new game CLOSED FIXED View
19219 EVE crashes with a page fault CLOSED FIXED View
20159 EVE Online crashes on Character selection screen CLOSED FIXED View
20913 Multiple games crash on start CLOSED FIXED View
21248 No sound in multiple applications, needs mmdevapi implemented CLOSED FIXED View
23012 Black sky in Gothic 3 CLOSED FIXED View
23496 Gothic 3 - water is missing CLOSED INVALID View
23660 America's Army 3 needs d3dx9_36.dll.D3DXPreprocessShader CLOSED FIXED View
23852 Gothic 3: Intro plays only with native quartz CLOSED FIXED View
24754 Multiple games have no text rendered due to ID3DXFont::DrawTextA/W method stubs (Nancy Drew 'Tale of the Twister', Europa Universalis Rome) STAGED View
24890 Window transparency with LWA_COLORKEY is not supported. CLOSED FIXED View
28055 Gothic 3 demo crash at startup CLOSED DUPLICATE View
31643 Multiple games and applications crash on unimplemented function vcomp.dll._vcomp_fork (Gothic 3 demo, NeXTA) CLOSED FIXED View
33479 Multiple games (Guild Wars 2, Risen 2, Tomb Raider 2013): Raw input is broken CLOSED FIXED View
34818 Gothic3 orientation issue CLOSED DUPLICATE View

Show open bugs

HowTo / Notes



- install the game

- patch the game with your favorite patch (version 1.75.14 recommended)

- use native d3dx9_40.dll (native d3dx9_36.dll seems to work fine, too) - see d3dx9 installation

Tuning options:

- you may set "Timer.ThreadSafe=false" in "Ini/ge3.ini" if the game has low frames

- you may enable "Automatically capture the mouse in full-screen windows" in winecfg's graphics tab if you are using "Emulate virtual desktop", otherwise the mouse will leave the window

Wine version:

- wine-1.5.11


- 7991: Try a newer graphics card (>= geforce 8)

- 10264: Copy protection is removed with Gothic 3 patch 1.5.2 or newer

- 31643: The game is shipped with vcomp.dll, so you likely will not notice this one

- 33479: Please use wine 1.5.28 (last known working version)


- tested with GeForce GTX 570/PCI/SSE2 and proprietary nvidia drivers (4.1.0 NVIDIA 280.11)

- tested with radeon HD 4350 and open source drivers (2.1 Mesa 8.0.3, Gallium 0.4 on AMD RV710)

Some useful information


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

MouseBug: Choose between two bads ...
by Manuel Stein on Sunday September 20th 2015, 3:53
With Wine 1.7.50 there is still the problem of mouse blocking and preventing rotation.

Setting MouseWrapOverride in registry to 'force' solves this problem but leads to another:

Now the mouse pointer is dragged to the screen's center which at first prevents from selection in main menu. After with much struggle loading or starting the game you are able to fully rotate but you won't be able to interact with e.g. the inventory or character sheet as you cannot control the pointer adequately. As there is no control via keyboard this is not to be circumvented.

So unfortunately game is not playable in any of these modes.

Any suggestions for solution welcome :-/
sticky buttons
by Bogdan on Wednesday May 14th 2014, 8:43
І'm faced with problem when hero runs long time, then all keyboard stops work and hero continues running. Sometimes helps double typing "W" button, but not always.

Can anybody help, or give me link where I can found how to fix it?

OS: ubuntu 14.04
Wine: 1.6.2
Video adapter: nVidia 8600GM

Version of game: 1.7.4
gothic 3 black screen
by Rolf on Saturday November 2nd 2013, 17:08
i install gothic from dvd and it didnt work so i download patch 1.75.14 and it's run and shows logo like jowood and then black screen i hear music but cant do anything i changed in ge3.ini linw with s
Timer.ThreadSafe=true to false but there is still black screen help!
Still not working (?)
by mcruiseman on Tuesday October 30th 2012, 11:24
i just tried to install gothic 3 with the patch, based on the "how to" but I got this error after the test run:

trace:x11settings:X11DRV_Settings_SetHandlers Resolution settings now handled by: NoRes
trace:x11settings:X11DRV_Settings_SetHandlers Initialized new display modes array
trace:x11settings:X11DRV_Settings_AddOneMode initialized mode 0: 1280x778x32 @60 Hz (NoRes)
err:xrandr:xrandr12_init_modes Failed to get CRTC info.
trace:x11settings:X11DRV_Settings_SetHandlers Resolution settings now handled by: NoRes
trace:x11settings:X11DRV_Settings_SetHandlers Initialized new display modes array
trace:x11settings:X11DRV_Settings_AddOneMode initialized mode 0: 1280x778x32 @60 Hz (NoRes)
err:xrandr:xrandr12_init_modes Failed to get CRTC info.
fixme:font:WineEngRemoveFontResourceEx (L"Gothic3.ttf", 10, 0x0): stub
fixme:font:WineEngRemoveFontResourceEx (L"Gothic3.ttf", 10, 0x0): stub

Can anyone help me with this? Is there something I could change in my settings?
1.3.28 Only
by an anonymous user on Saturday September 17th 2011, 4:48
Since I've installed the 1.3.28 version of Wine, the mouse cursor doesn't work fine anymore.
I can move the mouse in any direction as soon as the mouse cursor doesn't hit in the "background" the desktop borders.. ..after that i can't get the mouse move in one or more directions. This is very annoying since I have to use the keyboard to turn left or right.

Does any of you know any solution, or hint? I couldn't find a good set of words to find a solution on google. :-)


Sky: is there a way to get the sky "blue" instead of the "dark" one i have? :)
wide screen
by Sergey Kukunin on Friday March 12th 2010, 1:52
Hi. How can I play Gothic 3 on 1280x800 resolution?