That last bit made me chuckle, although AGB posted about that a day or two ago. I've never actually gotten into the Risen series but I did get a beta copy of the second game which got me a free copy of the full game although I wasn't a fan of the whole pirate theme.
That's the main reason the second game failed . They went from a perfect first game to pirate themed ... Im 100% sure that when the second game was announced every fan of the first game was expecting it to be just like it but the map bigger and better . Instead they got islands and ships .