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Dungeon Siege III Announced, Screens

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
    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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  • Lunarion
    Silly Microsoft, you can't compete with Blizzard
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  • Lunarion
    Silly Microsoft, you can't compete with Blizzard
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  • Ridik876
    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
    I have played DSII and its good.
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  • Kelavarus
    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
    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
    Can't wait!
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  • viciousteletuby28
    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
    Looks like Photoshop-ed. This isn't actual screenshot, is it?
    Looks more like art-concept than actual game.
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