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Dungeon Siege III Announced, Screens

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Obsidian Entertainment is currently working on the third Dungeon Siege installment.

Can you smell it? That's the aroma of an approaching E3 2010, and developers and publishers are doing what they can to pump PC gamers up with anticipation of titles to come. While Valve has many of us dangling by a thread with its impending surprise, news of Gas Powered Games handing the reigns of the Dungeon Siege franchise over to Obsidian Entertainment leads us to wonder where the action/RPG franchise is heading.

Announced on Monday, the third installment will not only have a new developer, but a new publisher as well: Square Enix. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Time will tell. Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games will still have a hand in the game's overall development, serving as adviser/supervisor. The new title will even attempt to retain "the best features" of the first two installments, however new elements will be incorporated such as a co-op mode and support for up to four players.

“It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with Obsidian," Chis Taylor said. "They are a very talented developer who really knows what it takes to build a deep and engaging RPG experience, and I can’t think of a better group to continue the Dungeon Siege series."

Taylor may be right. With Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights and Fallout: New Vegas under its belt, Obsidian Entertainment should breathe new life into the stagnant action/RPG series. The company will really need to put its "all" into the game's development, as it will likely compete with another highly-anticipated action/RPG game called Diablo III.

As for the story, here's the description ripped from the press release:

Torn asunder, the delicate balance of power between the kingdom of Ehb's powerful factions has fallen apart. As one of the few remaining members of the disgraced protectors of the land, the 10th Legion, it is up to you to rebuild the once great Legion and stop Ehb from falling into darkness. Joined by a group of unique companions, you will travel through the striking land of Ehb defeating all manner of villains and beasts through a combination of heroic abilities, screen shaking magic and fearsome weapons.

Dungeon Siege III currently doesn't have a release date, however the game is slated for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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    Zoonie , June 8, 2010 1:37 AM
    Is there any way you guys could update the way pictures are being displayed? It would be nice if the whole page didn't update because of clicking next picture. Why not use some Java to tidy things up abit? We've been asking for a long time now :)  Thanks.
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    Zoonie , June 8, 2010 1:37 AM
    Is there any way you guys could update the way pictures are being displayed? It would be nice if the whole page didn't update because of clicking next picture. Why not use some Java to tidy things up abit? We've been asking for a long time now :)  Thanks.
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    Ridik876 , June 8, 2010 1:44 AM
    My old LAN buddies and I loved DSI and were excited to hear of a DSII. And then the release date got pushed back...4 times. I'm guessing Q1 2013 on this one.
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    dEAne , June 8, 2010 3:23 AM
    I have played DSII and its good.
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    Kelavarus , June 8, 2010 3:38 AM
    Obsidian? Really? They're the King of Being-Handed-Sequels. Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights 2, Fallout 3: New Vegas... So far their games aren't BAD, but they always have issues (so far) and just usually throw a random spin into it.

    However, Square Enix is really pushing quality lately, so maybe they can whip them into line. It will be interesting to see.
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    aletoil , June 8, 2010 4:37 AM
    As long as it isnt as linear as DS1 was, will give it a shot. You literally were led from from beginning to end, and could walk back, from beginning to end.
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    kelemvor4 , June 8, 2010 4:50 AM
    Can't wait!
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    viciousteletuby28 , June 8, 2010 5:04 AM
    They already have at least one hyped fan already - me!
    Just one thing worries me though: how much innovation will there be if the best 'new' feature was in all the previous games?
    To quote the article, "...new elements will be incorporated such as a co-op mode and support for up to four players."
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    bebangs , June 8, 2010 5:21 AM
    Looks like Photoshop-ed. This isn't actual screenshot, is it?
    Looks more like art-concept than actual game.
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    deividast , June 8, 2010 6:20 AM
    I want one now.... i can't even express how much fun i had with first to parts of this game... i hope they won't mess anything up and will make as good as previous ones, maybe even better.....
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    The_Trutherizer , June 8, 2010 8:09 AM
    DS2 was a work of art. It was one of the most thoroughly enjoyable RPG experiences of my life. It still shines out to me as having some of the best missions ever. Never boring - Just tricky enough - Beautiful graphics. I would not say that the DS series was stagnant. I would say that the new team have a lot to live up to and better not mess it up.
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    salimbest83 , June 8, 2010 10:17 AM
    yeah.. played both DS1 and DS2 including Exp : Broken World.
    one of the most addicting RPG i've ever played...
    after Diablo 2
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    gnesterenko , June 8, 2010 12:21 PM
    Must say, I really like the art on these few screens
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    jellico , June 8, 2010 1:47 PM
    LunarionSilly Microsoft, you can't compete with Blizzard

    First of all, Blizzard's RPG is an MMO, so not really in the same category. Second, with Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights and Fallout: New Vegas as a pedigree, I think Obsidian is more than capable of putting out a very good RPG.
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    edwilson , June 8, 2010 1:47 PM
    ok, gonna go dig up and replay the old ones again, is itgonna be dx11 i hope? can't wait! been so long since ehb, was feelin kinda home sick. wiil it use all 4 cores of my quad? , now i have a reason to order a new video card finally woo hoo
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    tsnorquist , June 8, 2010 1:59 PM
    Toms,

    As posted above, would it be possible for you all to convert your image galleries over to something like "Lightbox/2"?

    It would go a long way in not having to refresh the page everytime and it's most likely less work than you're doing now.
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    CSA_Myth , June 8, 2010 4:21 PM
    After what Interplay did to Black Isle Studios aka Obsidian it has to be Karma - I am glad that Obsidian is getting a second chance from the industry. After watching great developers just disappear left and right, (Origin, Bullfrog, Looking Glass, etc…) I am happy that one seems to be resurrected and given a chance to get back to where it was.

    NWN2 was epic and Mask of the Betrayer was phenomenal, KOTOR 2 was good but it would have been great if Lucas Arts didn't "force" it out the door early. I am sure Fallout 3: New Vegas is going to be solid, seeing many of the developers there made Fallout 1 and 2 in the first place. I have not played Alpha Protocol yet so I can't judge it, but with the minds behind all the above mentioned games, the Icewind Dale series and Planetscape Torment, I am feeling pretty good about what they can do with DS3.
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    hallock , June 8, 2010 4:28 PM
    finally. I'm glad to see DS3 will make its appearance. one of my all time favorite RPG games.
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    dextermat , June 8, 2010 5:30 PM
    Dungeon Siege 1 was a good game but what a disappointment when i finished it in less than 5 hours and the mage best spell is the first one that you get at the beginning.

    i probably missed stuff and such but still..

    Haven't played the second because of that.

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