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Look likes more concept arts to me. Square Enix tagged them as screenshot though. I don’t know.

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SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH OBSIDIAN ENTERTAINMENT FOR DUNGEON SIEGE 3
The Torch is Passed for a New Incarnation of the Classic Action-RPG

–PRESS RELEASE–
London (07 June 2010) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, announced today that it is partnering with Obsidian Entertainment® on DUNGEON SIEGE® 3. With input from the original developer, Gas Powered Games®, Obsidian Entertainment will develop the next incarnation of the DUNGEON SIEGE franchise with Square Enix as the game’s publisher. Coming for the first time to high-def home video game consoles, DUNGEON SIEGE 3 will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

DUNGEON SIEGE 3 is representative of Square Enix’s ongoing strategic partnership with Western game developers and its commitment to increasing its presence in those markets. The game will bring together the beloved aspects of the DUNGEON SIEGE franchise with Obsidian Entertainment’s expertise, to create an evolved action-RPG experience. In addition to its arrival on high-def consoles for the first time, the game will also feature an all-new co-op multiplayer mode.

Originally created by Chris Taylor and his critically-acclaimed studio Gas Powered Games, Taylor will serve as an advisor during the development of the game. DUNGEON SIEGE 3 will seamlessly blend intuitive action gameplay and a robust RPG system in an immersive world where every decision the player makes will result in consequences.

On his involvement, Taylor comments, “It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with Obsidian. 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”.

“It’s a distinct privilege and thrill to become a part of the DUNGEON SIEGE legacy,“ said Feargus Urquhart, CEO and Co-Founder of Obsidian Entertainment. “This partnership with Square Enix is a milestone for both Obsidian and the franchise, and the two companies’ strengths for compelling characters and storytelling will shine throughout DUNGEON SIEGE 3.”

“Square Enix is proud to partner with Obsidian Entertainment for DUNGEON SIEGE 3,” said Mike Sherlock, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Square Enix Europe. “The company has a history in making some of the most immersive and entertaining videogames and is a perfect fit to take the franchise forward and create a new benchmark for the action-RPG.”

About DUNGEON SIEGE 3

Story

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.

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

About Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of Square Enix Europe business unit, is a London-based wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world. Square Enix Ltd. publishes and distributes entertainment content from the Square Enix Group including Square Enix, Eidos and Taito in Europe and other PAL territories. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 96 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 53 million units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide, together with other well established products.

More information on Square Enix Ltd. can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com

About Obsidian Entertainment.
Obsidian Entertainment is an entertainment software development company passionately dedicated to making high quality role playing games for Windows PC and console systems. Obsidian was founded in 2003 by five game development veterans who’ve produced, programmed, and/or designed award-winning role playing games for a variety of platforms over the last 15 years: Feargus Urquhart, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, Chris Avellone and Chris Jones. Obsidian Entertainment’s Web site can be found at http://www.obsidian.net.

You heard that right. Obsidian will be developing sequel to dungeon siege franchise, and will be published by Square Enix and this project will be supervised by Chris Taylor himself. So how do you fell, honestly? What is your expectation after hearing that? How much faith do you have in GPG to maintain their DS franchise up to it’s fame?

obsidian logo

Obsidian+Dungeon Siege?

For me, not much at the moment. I don’t know very much about Obsidian. The only game that I’ve played by them is NW2, and I only could indulge just until reaching Neverwinter City for the first time. As far as I know, Obsidian have been getting a bit of bad reputatation for not completing/finishing several titles at the moment. I think KOTOR2 is included.

To get a bit of Obsidian fell, I decided to try NW2 back. Re-install it taking just about 15 minutes. NW2 taking about 6.5 gigabytes of harddrive space. At the time this writing, I just reaching Highcliff town just before reaching Neverwinter city. A bit short from before. I tried to play differently, using different camera angle and keep changing at different places. But my impression remain same as the first feel.

NW2 is not an ARPG, I know. So I won’t compare it to other ARPG. What I’m trying to compare is their performance, combat feel and some others. Not much. From perfomance alone, I will try very bad. I played this using ATI 2600XT, an on-par with 8600GT if you more familiar with nVidia. But it feel very slow and sluggish. Since, I’m an ARPG fans, I prefer to have fast pace gameplay, I having this sluggish jay walking really takes a toll of my brains. I feel like getting ill and catching up fever just because of it. And this is the top speed performance. Even at lowest settings, I believe I could get any faster. At the time of NW2 is release, many complain directed at performance issues. Many player only get 1-2 fps and the best I hear is 7-11 fps around the bioware forum. WTF? 11 fps? I don’t know how fast is that but I guess that is as much as I’m playing now.

Neverwinter Night 2: Notoriously Sluggish

Gameplay. When I says about combat feel before, I’m just ‘lightly’ talk about how the action and clicking feel, how responsive is the player action to mouse click. This is very important to me. Suppose you’ve played diablo 2 (!??), when you click anywhere to walk, character will immediately go there but in NW2 it takes about 500 milliseconds for any reaction to take places. This lag really made all the performance feel all the worst. Other thing such as delay tooltip to appear also annoying.

There are many other things that ARPG should feature well is designed badly.

The only good points of Obsidian is they are good with the graphics. Sadly, the performance issues giving that out. NW2 world is beautiful and the music is nice too. The music really suitable with the world/places they created. I can say that much.

Well, from that much of NW2, I think Obsidian knows how to make an ARPG. They don’t know how to make it. Chris Taylor said that he don’t know any other team that could continue DS franchise as good as Obsidian/Square Enix. But if he did mean it by the ability to make good story rather than overall ARPG experience, I guess DS3 gonna be sucks two times! As for my guess, Chris doesn’t want to announce, but DS3 gonna be much of classic RPG rather than ARPG. He clearly leave their strong fanbased of DS and gonna risk so much. Just like SupCom2, made to appeal to the mass audience and leaving fans clearly disappointed.

Chris Taylor himself. Respect just going down.

As lately, my faith in GPG to make great games is not the same as before. It’s just not there. It’s just gone. Lately, GPG games look really dumb to me in some terms. Like how all their games, starting from SupCom 1, Demigod, SupCom2, and latest King and Castle, all of them losing depth in their design. It true that SupCom made ground breaking evolution to RTS, but aestically it look flat and saturated. Not as vibrant anymore as their first game, Dungeon Sige 1 and Dungeon Siege 2. DS2 especially very beautiful world, vibrant, have great feeling, great sound and music, combat feel and story. But since SupCom, they start making vast game without arts and music.

Did anyone of you remember any of SupCom music or tune? Did you suddenly remember SupCom  when listening to certain music or tune? As sure as I’m, me not. GPG is not fun anymore. Demigod also, fun to play but leave no trace of memories to me. Space Siege suck, so I don’t want to say anything here, other than it is one and only GPG games after DS2 that actually have colors.

Bottomline, I just leave DS3 alone for now, just checking screenshot when any news feed regarding it appear. Although big title like this could make some better scene for ARPG, which is quite deserted lately.

I suggest you check out Grim Dawn for any real ARPG before Diablo 3.

ps: I think I wanna do some review for Titan Quest, for how GD should be.