Thursday Square Enix said that the third installment to the Dungeon Siege series will arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC on June 21, 2011. The game was originally scheduled to hit store shelves next month, but Square Enix and developer Obsidian Entertainment decided to hold off a bit longer to give it a little extra spit shine.
"Square Enix is committed to delivering the ultimate Dungeon Siege experience," said Mike Fischer, president and CEO of Square Enix, Inc. "Although the final polish phase has demanded a bit more time than originally planned, we want to assure fans and followers that the additional effort will allow us to deliver an action-RPG worthy of its rich heritage."
The news follows the delay of another long-time PC gaming franchise which dates even further back than Dungeon Siege. According to Gearbox Software, Duke Nukem Forever was pushed back to June 14 so that the team could fine-tune gameplay elements before it finally lands into gamers' hands after over a decade of waiting.
"I'm very sorry for the added delay," Gearbox head honcho Randy Pitchford said in a statement. "We've all been working extremely hard and are very eager to deliver the game to you."
The Dungeon Siege franchise initially launched in April 2002, a "Diablo clone" for the PC developed by Gas Powered Games and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The duo brought a sequel to PC gamers in August 2005, but 2K Games took over as publisher when it came time to launch the Dungeon Siege 2 expansion, Broken World. Dungeon Siege 3 has both a new developer and publisher-- Obsidian and Square Enix respectively-- but still retains the original Dungeon Siege designer Chris Taylor as an adviser.
Although the delay is somewhat disappointing, gamers will apparently have a busy month between Dungeon Siege 3 and Duke Nukem Forever in June. Square Enix said that Dungeon Siege 3 will have a suggested retail price of $59.99 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and a suggested price of $49.99 on Windows PC.