[Update] Dungeon Siege III Pushed Back a Season, First Two Games Free with Steam Pre-Purchase

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Back in February, Square Enix announced what appeared to be a firm launch date for Dungeon Siege III. Two months later, the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 dungeon crawler has been delayed a wee bit.

Obsidian Entertainment’s first hack at the popular action-RPG franchise originally created by Gas Powered Games is coming a season later than expected. Fortunately, the delay isn’t as long as that statement probably suggests.

Instead of its late spring launch of May 31st as previously planned, Dungeon Siege III is now on tap for a North American street date of June 21st, which just so happens to be the official first day of summer. See, that’s less than a month off track – no big deal.

The reasoning for the delay? The usual song and dance about needing more time for final polish:

“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.”

Updated – 4/8/2011: Since yesterday’s delay news, Square Enix has announced pre-purchase details for Dungeon Siege III’s Steam release. Pay for the game now, and you’ll gain immediate access to free digital copies of Dungeon Siege and Dungeon Siege II. The pre-purchase offer doesn’t appear to be active just yet, but should be coming available any time now.

Additionally, all PC copies of Dungeon Siege III will ship with full Steamworks support for features like auto-updating, achievements, cloud saves and DLC access.

“Providing DUNGEON SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II free of charge through Steamworks is Square Enix’s way of showing appreciation to the fans of the DUNGEON SIEGE franchise,” said David Hoffman, executive producer for DUNGEON SIEGE III. “Selecting Steamworks to be integrated into the upcoming DUNGEON SIEGE III title made perfect sense as we wanted to provide the best possible gameplay experience for PC gamers and long-standing fans of the series.”

“DUNGEON SIEGE III is joining a long line-up of Square Enix titles using Steamworks,” said Jason Holtman, director of business development for Valve. “Our focus for Steam is on enabling developers to spend time on creating value for our customers, and seeing the DUNGEON SIEGE franchise re-emerge, with its all-new co-op mode and inclusion of Steamworks, is a great example of that.”

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