E3 06: Dungeon Siege II: Broken World Preshow Report

Find out what it takes to fix a broken world in our E3 2006 preshow report detailing the upcoming Dungeon Siege II expansion.

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If you were left wondering what happened to the world you attempted to save at the end of last year's Dungeon Siege II, you might find some answers in the upcoming expansion, Broken World. Developed by Gas Powered Games and published by 2K Games, the expansion essentially adds another act on to the end of the existing story. We have the details about what exactly this expansion will bring to the game in our E3 2006 preshow report.

Broken World begins right where Dungeon Siege II left off. The world of Aranna has been transformed into a dark, twisted wasteland and it's your job to track down the evil Dark Wizard in order to (of course) return peace to the world. The story contains an extra 10 hours of gameplay, which seems slight compared to the 40-plus hours of the original game. However, in addition to the main story, the expansion also features another five hours of side quests to keep you busy.

Beyond the story, there are 40 new creatures to do battle with, as well as new races that are introduced into the world. Dwarves return to the world of Aranna, and it will be interesting to see how they fit into the story, given their absence in Dungeon Siege II. There are also two new classes in the game, both of which will have a blend of combat and magic skills, with new abilities unique to each class.

Based on what we've seen, the game has a very dark, depressed look of a world in ruin. There are outside and indoor environments from ornate, supernatural dungeons to gray, dead forests. The enemies include a massive neon spider creature, and a disfigured humanoid beast with horns. There are also new pets in the game, although the only one we've seen is an ethereal ram of some sort.

So far it looks like Dungeon Siege II: Broken World will fulfill its duty as an expansion pack by adding new quests, creatures, and environments. The game is scheduled to be released in July of this year, so be sure to check back soon for more updates and a full review.

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