Obsidian Developing Dungeon Siege III, Square to Publish

In a bid to resuscitate the Dungeon Siege franchise after Uwe Boll clubbed it to death with his movie interpretation, it looks like Obsidian Entertainment will be developing the next game in the series, Dungeon Siege III.

In a press release that Voodoo Extreme has posted, Square Enix announced that they’ll be publishing the action-RPG on PS3, XBox 360, and PC.

This isn’t the first time that Obsidian has taken over development of a property that started with another developer. In fact, they’re beginning to make a habit of it. They developed Neverwinter Nights 2 (from Bioware), Knights of the Old Republic II (again from Bioware), and are working on Fallout: New Vegas (from Bethesda).

Supposedly, Gas Powered Games will be “supervising” the development of Dungeon Siege III, but it’s hard to judge right now how much input they’ll give, and just how it will incorporated into the game. There are a few details on what Obsidian has in mind, though. You can find those, a few screenshots, and a brief summation of the game’s story after the break.

Here’s what the press release reveals as Dungeon Siege III’s features:

  • For the first time, play DUNGEON SIEGE on high-def consoles
  • Players will be able to adventure by themselves or with friends in co-op multiplayer
  • Uncover a deep story that only Square Enix and Obsidian Entertainment can deliver
  • Pick from unique and highly customizable character classes with a wide range of abilities to choose from
  • Recruit companions with unique personalities, abilities and views on the world around them
  • Players will have weighty decisions to make that will impact their alliances, enemies and the culmination of the story

Here’s their story synopsis, followed by a few screens.

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 3 seamlessly blends intuitive action gameplay, a robust RPG system featuring a large selection of abilities, an extensive multiplayer component and the depth of story Square Enix and Obsidian Entertainment are known for creating.

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