An explanation from where the leaked images come (I deleted them because I wasn't sure if they were PC Games exclusive Game-Informer-like 'digital scans')
Please do not post any screenshots or artworks regarding Risen 3 for the time being!
Explanation: These screens were given to us and one other fansite on the condition that we release them not before the 25th of Febuary, 16:00 CET. We also received one exclusive artwork (just for us). A typical and in no way unusual embargo which almost every publisher for every game uses in his press related work. Nothing to complain about. Just like it happened a hundred times in the last 8 years and like it does on other sites of our network. And until now, it has always worked because every member of the staff knew the meaning of the word "internal".
These pics were posted by Don-Esteban - like always - in our internal forum so that the staff can prepare (create galleries, upload pictures, write news, etc.). And shortly after that, they were found on the web. Including the exclusive artwork that no one but us received. So the obvious conclusion is that one of our (now former) staff members took these pictures from the internal forum and (directly or indirectly) spread them across the web. Now former, because Don-Esteban just removed almost everyone from the staff, except a few core members that now have to do all the work alone.
Worse however is that we can now go to Deep Silver and basically explain to them that the trust which we tried to build in the last 8 years is worth squat. That any attempt to give us information beforehand and work closely and eye-to-eye with us is futile. Because we are not dependable and cannot be counted upon. That working with us on a professional level is not possible and that we are basically the mindless nerds that many claim we are.
Now, the pictures are out there and we all know that the damage is done. But for what little good it'll do: We will try to keep our end of the bargain and maintain the embargo! Any pics or references before the date mentioned above will be deleted!
On behalf of the entire remaining staff of the World of Risen, I would like to sincerely thank the ex-member responsible, should he or she read this post. You caused us a lot of work (now and in the future), made us look like idiots, got a lot of other, honest members removed from the staff (because we cannot know who you are) and sabotaged our relationship with Deep Silver for years to come. So, from the bottom of our heart: Thank you! Thank you oh so very much!