Dungeon Siege III May Launch Set…Let the Pre-Orders Begin!

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PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 action-RPG Dungeon Siege III is officially a go for retail on May 31st in North America, Square Enix and Obsidian Entertainment announced today. Launch date set, the Dungeon Siege III pre-order program is now underway, with incentives ranging from the typical in-game bonus items to a mini-comic and mini-strategy guide. PC users, of course, get the best deal of the lot, with Steam pre-purchases coming with free digital copies of the first two Dungeon Siege installments. Three games for the price of one is always a good thing!

Here’s how the pre-order program breaks down by retailer:

Steam: Relive the classic DUNGEON SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II games as a gift with purchase through Steam

* Players who prepurchase DUNGEON SIEGE III will get three games for the price of one, as Valve will offer single-player versions of both DUNGEON SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II as free downloads for PC platforms.

GameStop: Receive two exclusive in-game items by preordering at GameStop

* Burning Band of Scorch – This exclusive preorder in-game ring increases the raw damage of a player’s attacks and sets all foes ablaze with any weapon.

* Talisman of the Grand Mage – This exclusive preorder in-game necklace reduces incoming damage on the player and grants the ability to lash out with a mystical attack that injures enemies in close-range combat.

Amazon.com: Receive a limited preorder exclusive in-game ring

* Bite of the Arakun – Grants the player the ability to poison enemies with lingering injury or soften their defenses, leaving them vulnerable for follow-up attacks.

Best Buy: Another exclusive preorder in-game amulet

* Sacred Heart of the Legion – Increases a player’s health and pushes close combat assailants back each time the bearer is struck in battle.

Walmart: Mini-comic and strategy guide

* Pick up the DUNGEON SIEGE mini-comic from Dark Horse Comics and a free mini-strategy guide from Prima Games with a preorder at Walmart.

About DUNGEON SIEGE III

Story:
Torn asunder, the delicate balance of power between the kingdom of Ehb’s 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 prevent Ehb from descending 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 pure cunning.

DUNGEON SIEGE III 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:

* Experience DUNGEON SIEGE on high-def consoles for the first time.
* Adventure solo or with friends in drop-in, drop-out co-op multiplayer.
* Uncover a deep story that only Square Enix and Obsidian Entertainment can deliver.
* Choose one of four highly customizable heroes with a wide range of abilities.
* Recruit companions with unique personalities, abilities and views on the world around them.
* Make weighty decisions that impact alliances, enemies and ultimately the storyline of the game.

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