Obsidian unearthing Dungeon Siege 3

RPG sequel coming to PC, 360, and PS3 with an all-new cooperative multiplayer mode; original developer Gas Powered Games to provide additional support.

Dungeon Siege 3 is under development by Obsidian Entertainment, Square Enix announced today. The publisher did not provide a release date but did say that the role-playing game is set to feature an all-new cooperative multiplayer mode, a deep story, and customizable character classes. It will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, marking the series' first outing on consoles. Original developer Gas Powered Games will provide additional support to Obsidian, with designer Chris Taylor serving as an adviser.

Here's a dungeon. Now go lay siege to it.

The game will once again be set in the kingdom of Ehb, where the balance of power between rival factions has fallen apart. Players will take on the role of a member of the disgraced protectors of the land, known as the 10th Legion. With the kingdom tearing itself apart, the Legion is tasked with rebuilding its numbers and restoring peace. There are also hints that the story will feature a morality system, with Square Enix saying that players will have "weighty decisions to make that will impact their alliances, enemies and the culmination of the story."

Developer Obsidian is not new to collaborations nor to the RPG genre. In 2003 it partnered with BioWare to develop Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, which was well received critically. It also developed Neverwinter Nights 2 and Alpha Protocol and is currently at work on Fallout: New Vegas with Bethesda.

Dungeon Siege 3 is the first outing for the series in more than five years. The last entry was Dungeon Siege II, which was released in 2005 to generally favourable reviews.

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zenbaby369
zenbaby369

i played both DS1 and DS2. I'm glad it's coming to consoles.. my bets on this being a huge success...spent rediculous ammount of time in co-op with the DS2 :D

Marder-I
Marder-I

Not to sure what to make of this game, I guess I will wait and see with all the rest and see how it progresses. Cheers, could be intereresting though!! Tom

honglong17
honglong17

i agree with dakan45, obisidian no longer follow the way they make game when their name was "black isle", too shallow ,look at fallout3 and you will see what i want to say , too straight forward , no longer have any choice to make, no longer have any side to choose (yes, there was have some choice, but it have almost no impart on story ) and also too few Quest

dakan45
dakan45

@ SirMordredX Yes i remember black isle, i also remember how they broke up into smaller groups and i remember troika games. I remember that when they broke into smaller groups they lost their touch and none of their games were as high as critically aclaimed. I also remember that that happen along time ago and things have changed alot since then. If anything, then for the worse. Thats why i said what i said. Because you speak about ancient times when "black isle" existed and not "osbidian" you talk about an era that things were diffirent. So instead of judging them for the great things some of them did back in the 90s with that era's standards, lets judge them for what they are now "osbidian" not black isle and lets judge them from their more recent work. Thats a proper way to judge them. With the same logic, so was raven great back then with soldier of fortune but their latest work on wolfenstein......well, as i said things change as the time goes by, osbidian is nowhere near the same as it was back then when some of them were in black isle studios.

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

@dakan45 I take it you're not quite a veteran of gaming? Ever heard of a company named BLACK ISLE STUDIOS? Ever heard of them? Ever heard of a little series that started back in the 90's named Fallout, Icewind Dale, Planescape or even the newer Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance? All of these titles were developed by the company mentioned above, Black Isle - now known as Obsidian Entertainment. Now if you have anything more to state adversarially concerning this god of a company, then I would really love to hear it - for I know not of what you speak. P.S. I wasn't refering to Obsidian in my first comment, I was indeed refering to Dungeon Siege itself - a great series

dakan45
dakan45

@SirMordredX Worst history of gaming? Lets see, kotor 2 was good. But thats about it, it was not better than the first game and the ending was rushed. Nwn2 was good i guess but i am not a fan, i cant tell. But that belongs to the past, business change and in this gen alpha protocol was delayed to hell and back and it was mediocre and incomplete with dated graphics. Now they are working on fallout new vegas and dont even bother with the graphics. Plus there was another osbidian game anounced not too long ago and now we got this. Other devs like ubisoft, can make multiple games at the same time because they are huge. Osbidian however does not even have a long record of games or a record of plenty great games and they want to develop so many at once? I think it will be better if they make a remarkable title first and then develop multiple projects at once.

FallenAngelXBL
FallenAngelXBL

I like what obsidian is TRYING to do. They did KOTOR2 and NWN2 from bioware which were OK games but nothing special. They used the money frmo those games to do Alpha Protocol, a very under rated game that is obvisouly there first REAL game. They are doing the same thing now by taking the Dungeon Siege franchise so hopefully they will start getting enough experience to make grade A games. Im worried about the new Fallout game...obsidian is renowned for poor optimization and buggy games...

EchoEcho
EchoEcho

@Adam_the_Nerd -- Believe me, I would love for Obsidian to have the financial stability and publisher backing to put out original, triple-A titles. Sadly, it seems that they're completely unable to get off the ground, financially speaking, so they need to keep doing these sorts of games to keep food on the table. It's like a game developer that spends the first five years (or more) of their life doing nothing but game tie-ins for children's programming. Chances are, they didn't get into the business so they could make kids' games on a ten-dollar budget. I doubt Obsidian /wants/ to spend all their time working on other companies' cast-offs, but until they get their big, top-selling break, it's what they'll be stuck with. The fact that they have a history of getting screwed over by their publishers doesn't help their situation, either.

calm_syrface
calm_syrface

i've been playing DS 2 for about 3 days now so to see these screens and to knw it's on the 3? GOTY!

kris912
kris912

looking forward to this

Kistymae
Kistymae

Oh man, I loved the first and second dungeon siege so I'm very stoked for this. Sounds like it'll be pretty cool!

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

As long as it has the same great story as the first one and less bugs than the second one I'm up for it and I don't care on which platform they develop it for. I just hope console ports don't ruin the game as it did for so many other titles.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

Quoting: Tommz7070 Obsidian, don't ever stop. You are great at making games, although they have problems. PLZ! For the worlds sake. NEVER STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Quoting: vader501st Obsidian just plain rules. Anyone who is says that AP is a great game plagued by problems are right, but some elements in it are indicative of Mass Effect and DA. Fallout 3 will be surpassed by New Vegas surely, just like KotOR2 and NWN2 had better story and characters. Agreeing with these here. As long as Obsidian works on other people's IP and are given enough time and working room, they could make better games. But their writing is already better. I have better hope for NV since makers of Fallout 1 and 2 are involved. Sure their games will be buggy at first (like the first two Fallouts on release), but it will be patched better. I'm waiting for Alpha Protocol to be patched and have its price lowered first, though, before buying.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

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lothreal
lothreal

im actually replaying dungeon siege 2 this very minute! dungeon 1 and 2 are some of the best loot/level/grind games to ever be released. If you look closely you will see how MMORPGS like WOW took a bunch of things from this game (yes i know your going to say that DS was a rip off Diablo etc etc but dungeon siege refined this genre in a way that has yet to repeated. ALL other games like this ended up becoming SINGLE UNIT ONLY. Not party based which is what made DS so great. WOWs party based system is heavily influenced by DS and every other game in this genre was simgle unit. Now im not talking about multiplayer party forming like diablo allowed and alot of the clones allowed. i DO NOT AND WILL NOT play these games as multiplayer. Some do, and lots dont. this brings me to the whole point of this post. As of the last press release for DUNGEON SIEGE 3, it was just another diablo clone. Single unit, no party in solo play. Which means i will NOT buy it. i loved titan quest but got bored wayyy to fast. the only reason ive got 100s of hours into dungeon siege games is the party based mechanics. The main reason it is not party based is they want to sell more copies on the consoles and party based games are hard to pull off on consoles. im sooo tired of companies porting over serious PC game series only to retard them down so your twitch game junky on his consoles can play it.

wahyudil
wahyudil

please give us LAN, please give us LAN, please give us LAN ...

blackfray
blackfray

very good news:) i really miss Dungeon Siege; it was one of my first and favorite Action-RPGs.

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Nah, waste of their talent. For some reason i liek obsidian.

dannyatkinson
dannyatkinson

I am very skeptical about this. I am sorry but to me the first two DS games were terrible. I will more likely pick up LORD OF THE RINGS WAR IN THE NORTH.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Awesome, I've never played the others but I will definitely check this out

GarySpot
GarySpot

dungeon siege 2 was good from start but i felt it repetitive then i got bored. didnt finished it. sorry for my grammar.........

Marques123
Marques123

Get it right or don't do it at all.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

OK this gonna be a long comment, but I gotta say what I gotta say: Obsidian is great developer, but great developers don't always make great games. There're always publishers who want their games baked in X time with Y budget no matter what (yeah, I'm looking at you, Sega!). Obsidian made a miracle with KOTOR II being that good in such small time. Later, with more time and money, they made NWN 2 which the best representation of D&D so far. Now comes Alpha Protocol, an ambitious blend of different genres and settings. But ambition isn't enough to make a good game. The main problem is fear. Obsidian, for example, feared that AP may not appeal to current gen gamers, so they copied Mass Effect's gameplay/graphical/animation style to the end. Also, many gamers today aren't interested in games without polygon heavy everything. What would AP's chances be with humble, yet distinctive, graphical/animation style with today's polygon heavy overdosed gamers? Obsidian asked themselves. AP, IMO, is a great premise done & gone wrong. And it shouldn't be praised just because it may be "the true game's game", just because it's "Obsidian", just because it's made by the people responsible for some RPG classics like Fallout and Planescape. There're better games out there with the same designing principle and, of course, with better time and budget.

BlackPhoenixBG
BlackPhoenixBG

Oh god YES. Dungeon Siege 2 (1 was good as well) is one of my most beloved arpgs.

BlackPhoenixBG
BlackPhoenixBG

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WiredDreemz
WiredDreemz

I loved the prior DS's so I'm very much looking forward to this one.

Dr_Ten
Dr_Ten

Obsidian: The sloppy seconds (or thirds) developer. Here's to hoping FO:NV isn't a bug-filled mess, either.

high344
high344

Dungeon Siege 3 and Diablo III, thanks

bennae66
bennae66

any new rpg for the tv is a good rpg. (errr unless its bad?)

delta3074
delta3074

brilliant news, i love dungeon siege

_zeldredz_
_zeldredz_

cool news...but at first i thought it said dungeon KEEPER and nearly #$@% my pants....i loved that game

silverdoe
silverdoe

Why Square Enix get it nose on it? They already screwed up Supreme Commander 2. I thought Dungeon Siege games were published by MGS & 2K?

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

@Daian ... I have nothing against the DS series. Matter of fact, I enjoyed playing through 1 and 2. However, I have not yet experienced a hack'n'slash RPG that competes with Blizzard's Diablo series. Personal opinion.

Slagar
Slagar

Wow, I'll keep an eye on this. The first game was a bit of a bore (due to combat being too automated), but it was still a good game. The engine in DS was actually pretty amazing too; it only had to load the world once - and the map was huge.

bahamat0
bahamat0

Before hearing about this, I kept wishing if Diablo 3 could be ported to the PS3, now I finally have a similar game that has answered the wish :)

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

God no, these games were horrible, better make them good this time.

borne_god
borne_god

Is it only me or whenever Square Enix joins an american game comp its sure to make a gem... Did u c Deus Ex3 trailer which Square Enix made... Im looking forward to Dungeon Siege 3 now!

Dawn_oF_Doom
Dawn_oF_Doom

I have a feeling this will not be as good as the first 2 games... for a few reasons: 1. Square Enix - which has the tendency to make everything so generic and cheesy and brings nothing innovative in terms of story 2. They changed the company that produces the game to Obsidian, which even it is a great company, it didn't create the first 2.

Teepo64
Teepo64

Never heard of this series weirdly enough. That video of Demon Siege II makes me think I might like the 3rd one. I love the Diablo series.

Gamesterpheonix
Gamesterpheonix

Ah man. Why not leave it with the original devs. Well - hope its good.

magicalclick
magicalclick

I really don't understand why all the publishers are willing to pay big titles to Obsidian. The dev is glitch at best. Not that I hate Obsidian, but, their game isn't great and mostly glitchy as hell. It bugs me that it is able to get all the attentions from the publishers while their actual performance is just not that great.

Targzissian
Targzissian

Whoa!!! I didn't see this coming. I played the first game all the way through, and I played through the expansion (which was somewhat underwhelming). I played about half-way through the second game, but then got bored, because it was like "been there, done that." It just wasn't that much better or different from the first. I'm looking forward to the third game, but I hope it's less linear than the first two. The "follow the yellow brick road" thing just doesn't have enough of an exploration element for me. I'm glad that Chris Taylor is advising on this. He's a good guy. Anyhow, I'll be happy to go back and do some adventuring with a party, and will expect to be smashing open plenty of boxes and crates.

DEATH775
DEATH775

A must buy for me, I can't wait.