May 22, 2007 - Today JoWood let the world know they're in the process of "promising negotiations" with a new developer for Gothic 4. The long-running action RPG series' development had previously been handled by Pluto 13, also known as Pirahna Bytes, a company apparently now left out in the cold. There was no mention as to who the prospective new developers could be, so there's no real release window for this one yet. For now, Gothic 4 is planned as a console and PC project, a shift from the series' previous PC exclusivity.

For those unfamiliar, the Gothic series has always been about free-roaming, open-ended gameplay. As the Nameless Hero, players were free to dynamically alter the world, allying with factions and destroying enemies as they pleased. Unfortunately, the series has always been plagued by some serious bugs, particularly the third release. We're hopeful the fourth installment proves to be more stable.

Thanks to http://ps3.ign.com/articles/790/790841p1.html for sharing the news with us!