OpenSource-Reimplementation of the zEngine, used by the game "Gothic"
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OpenSource-Reimplementation of the zEngine, used by the game "Gothic" and "Gothic II".

Don't forget to check out the REGoth-Wiki for more information about the project!

A list showing the current state of the engine, can be found here.

Videos showing the current state

Download (Latest stable version)

Version 0.4 (Windows):

Version 0.4 (Android):

Automated nightly builds:


Make sure to clone this repository with the --recursive flag:

git clone --recursive
git clone --recursive

To update the repo, you need to make sure to update the submodules as well. Instead of simply pulling the repository, you can do:

git pull --recurse-submodules


Note: If you are missing packages or are having trouble building on your platform, you can check out this wiki-page, which may contain more detailed instructions. If you don't find your platform there, I'd kindly ask you to add some instructions for other people to that wiki-page!

You will need CMake (3.1 or newer) and a C++14-capable compiler. Currently supported/tested are:

  • GCC (6.x)
  • MinGW
  • Visual Studio 2015, 2017

You will also need a copy of libsndfile installed on your computer.

Obtaining libsndfile

*nix systems (Linux, BSD, macOS)

On most *nix systems, this can be obtained using a package manager, for example on Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt install libsndfile1-dev

Or on macOS

$ brew install libsndfile # Needs Homebrew


libsndfile will need to be compiled separately. Create a directory somewhere on your system to store the compiled files, then run

mkdir build-libsndfile
cd build-libsndfile
cmake -D CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=compiled/files/folder path/to/REGoth/lib/libdmusic/utils/dls2sf/lib/libsndfile
cmake --build . --target install --config Release

Compiling REGoth


cd path/to/REGoth
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release .. # On *nix systems this is sufficient
cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=compiled/files/folder .. # On Windows

If CMake complains about some folders missing a CMakeLists.txt, you most likely forgot to clone with the --recursive-flag! Simple do git submodule update --init --recursive and it should work.

Then, choose depending on your OS:

Linux, MacOS and other *nix

make -j4


Starting Visual Studio 2017 you can use the integrated cmake functionality to open the cloned folder.
Check out the how to build wiki page for details on this.

For previous versions of Visual Studio, open the generated REGoth.sln and build as usual.
Alternatively, you may run this command inside of the build folder:

cmake --build . --config release


The compiled files are inside the build/bin directory.

Make sure to copy the content/shaders folder to the working directory of the compiled REGoth-Executable. Then, run the program with the following flags:

REGoth -g "path/to/gothic1or2" -w startworld.zen

Where path/to/gothic1or2 points to the root of a Gothic I or II installation and startworld.zen is one of the Zen-Files found in a .vdf-files in the games data/-directory. For example: newworld.zen or addonworld.zen for Gothic II.

It is recommended to run this from the commandline, to see the debug-output of the program.

Additionally, for a list of possible commands, run REGoth --help.


  • Movement: WASD/QE or arrow-keys (Space or Shift to run faster)
  • Actions: Left CTRL for everything
  • Menus: B for status-screen
  • Console: F10
    • Available commands (square brackets mean optional argument):
      • tp [<teleporter:default=player>] <target>: Teleport NPC teleporter (= player if none is given) to NPC target
      • goto waypoint <waypoint>: Teleport player to waypoint
      • kill [<npc>]: Kill npc or a nearby NPC if none is given
      • knockout [<npc>]: Knockout npc or a nearby NPC if none is given
      • save <slotindex>: Save the game to the given slot
      • load <slotindex>: Load the game from the given slot
      • switchlevel <zenfile>: Switch to an other level in current session
      • usemana <amount>: Use mana
      • hurtself <amount>: Hurt yourself
      • set clock <hour> [<min:default=0>]: Set time of day to hour:min
      • control <npc>: Take control over npc


If you want to help out and don't know where to start, I suggest reading the wiki-page, which contains information about the engine-layout and lists of which features are missing (Not yet, though!).


Gothic 1 - Overworld: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic1" -w world.zen

Gothic 1 - Oldmine: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic1" -w oldmine.zen

Gothic 1 - Freemine: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic1" -w freemine.zen

Gothic 1 - Orc graveyard: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic1" -w orcgraveyard.zen

Gothic 1 - Sleeper temple: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic1" -w orctempel.zen

Gothic 2 - Overworld: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic2" -w newworld.zen

Gothic 2 - Valley of mines: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic2" -w oldworld.zen

Gothic 2 - Addonworld: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic2" -w addonworld.zen

Gothic 2 - Dragonisland: REGoth -g "path/to/gothic2" -w dragonisland.zen