Obsidian-developed action RPG arriving on 360, PS3, PC later this year; preorder incentives include free games on Steam, in-game items at retailers.
Obsidian Entertainment has been on a game-release bender over the past half year, having teamed with Sega on Alpha Protocol in June and Bethesda Softworks on Fallout: New Vegas in October. Now, the studio's next project has been given its marching orders, as Square Enix announced today that Dungeon Siege III will be released for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on May 31. The game will be available in Europe on May 27.
Along with announcing a release date, Square Enix also offered first word on preorder incentives for Dungeon Siege III. For PC gamers who pick up the game through Steam, Valve will include single-player versions of Dungeon Siege I and II free of charge. Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop's preorder incentives grant customers in-game items, ranging from amulets to rings. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart prepurchasers will be offered a Dungeon Siege mini-comic and a Prima Games strategy guide.
The latest incarnation in the long-running Dungeon Siege franchise will 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.
Gamers will be able to experience the aforementioned story through either single-player action or drop-in, drop-out cooperative multiplayer for up to four. Dungeon Siege III also features four customizable player classes, and players will be able to recruit personality-rich companions to aid them on their journey.
Although Obsidian is lead developer on the game, the studio is receiving an assist from Gas Powered Games, which created the franchise. Square Enix went on to note that Gas Powered head Chris Taylor is serving in an advisory role on the project.
For more on Dungeon Siege III, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
The co-op multiplayer is what I'm mainly interested in. Always enjoy beating down enemies with pals. :D
Out of curiosity I checked the Wal-Mart website (which made me feel dirty for some reason) because the free Prima strategy guide seemed too good to be true. Which turned out to be the case. You actually only get 25% off the guide so can buy it for $15 instead of $20. Whoopty freakin doo.
Real_MacDeath: ...Why Sony didn't bring out a Champions of Norrath III on the PS3 still mystifies me and other of our ilk. ================================= I have been wondering the same since the launch of the PS3. I will not forgive Sony for giving us the utterly forgettable Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom instead of Champions of Norrath.
Come on Obsidian! You can make great games if your given the time! Make sure to to do some proper debugging!
lol obsidian. I expect at least 10 bugs with the usual hardware optimization problems and the usually 3 to 6 user-fixes to make the game playable. That is.. if I was getting it. Trick me once, trick be twice.. trick me thrice? No thanks.
I'll wait for Arcania 4, Witcher 2, Dark Souls and HUNTED instead. This looks more like Sacred which actually is not good.
Looks good, but does anyone else get the feeling high fantasy RPGs/Arpgs are going the way of the ww2 fps? So many coming out there is no way I have the time or money for many of the good ones.
@Barighm - I and a lot of other agree w/ you 100%. Champions got it right on many levels, I think there are enough people out there who would pay for a similar game, that more developers should look into dungeon crawlers which just scream online/offline co-op or multi-player!! Why Sony didn't bring out a Champions of Norrath III on the PS3 still mystifies me and other of our ilk.
I hear ya Shardz17. I think this year will be the year of the Action RPG. Its my favorite genre unfortunately most games are just not polished enough.. This year we have Diablo 3 which will clearly be the king of all ARPG's.. Guild Wars 2 looks amazing although.. we shall see. Dark Spore which I am kind of excited for. Dungeon Siege 3 which looks good. The next Bethesda game.. I mean amazing games. Well potentially. Oh yeah and Torch Light 2 which looks like a massive improvement over the first game.
games developed by obsidian are always awesome but it's not a day-one purchase since I always wait for them to fix the bugs and glitches.
Well I never got to play the second dungeon siege but playing the first game was enough to get me excited for this game.
Let me just slide that in between Torchlight 2, Guild Wars 2, Skyrim, Diablo 3, and Heroes Vi. Don't these companies do marketing research anymore? One year absolutely nothing comes out, the next year a deluge of the same genre is released. *Shakes head*
@AzelKosMos but at least we should be able to play with our characters not some predetermine one like fable 2 MP -_-.
Would you people stop complaining about grinding..Holy hell batman..This is a action rpg, it has nothing but grinding as do most games..This bursts my bubble more than any thing..When people complain about grinding in games..Looks to be fun for me..It will hold my hack and slash goodness until torchlight 2 and diablo 3s release..Its a steller spring..Cant wait games games and more game goodness hell yaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
I have all the Dungeon Siege series, including some FM's that some players made and some Mods to make gameplay even more fun. I just hope the PC version will be decent as the others were and not just a port from the console versions!!! Please optimise it for PC's!
Ahhh crap! Considering there's plenty of top games releasing this year I was hoping for this to delay...man I need a second me. Oh well, 2011 is going to be a top year for gaming and a low year for my social life. Ooooh yeeeeah!
@AzelKosMos What? the co-op the worst part of the game, you can't even use your own character and you won't retain the xp. pffft.
The original two were more dungeon grinders. I don't know how this one will go. I am a little disappointed that I won't be able to pick this up because I have fond memories of the first two.
Looking back then, i could afford myself the luxury of rushing through the game since i was so entertained by clearing baldur's gate over and over, but now? Every solid rpg will be an instant get for me, and the co-op just makes it all the more mandatory!
if it has on and offline co-op, decent customisable armour/weapon sets, then this could be great. I hope Obsidian give it time and don't rush it out part finished due to deadlines, i'm looking at you Alpha Protocol! (Although I do love that game).
Is this the kind of game with moral decisions and in-depth story, or is it more like a dungeon grinder? I would play if it was like NWN2 or BG but probably not if it was like Torchlight.
This was by far the closest thing to diablo type gameplay, I enjoyed DS2, but it did not scale well at the higher levels. Hope this one will be better.
I'm excited for any game that has a chance to play like Champions of Norrath. Some have come close, or missed altogether, but this is gonna be a great year for these types of games.
Stopped at "Obsidian-developed". I think i'll pass on this one, or at least wait until the reviews come in to find out just how glitchy it is.
Obsidian has burned me many times with buggy games and I for one an not confident that this will be different.
I was not going to buy it anyway, but the PC version later is becoming annoying. At least make a good PC versions for the delay.
Been waiting for this game to get a release date. Now I'm gonna have to wait for the actual release date...oh well. Game looks pretty good. Really enjoyed DS2 so this should be just as, if not better, than that....hopefully anyway.
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