Steam is offering the first two Dungeon Siege titles gratis should you choose to purchase the third entry in the series through Valve's digital distribution platform. Locking in your purchase now will grant you access to the first two games immediately, prior to the newly announced June 21 launch date for Dungeon Siege 3.

On top of that, Valve and Square Enix revealed that Dungeon Siege 3 will employ the Steamworks suite, adding "auto-updating, Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support, downloadable content and more" to Obsidian's upcoming action-RPG. For the full skinny, cast your cloak of click-through to check out the press release past the jump.
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Pre-purchase DUNGEON SIEGE III Through Steam and Receive DUNGEON SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II for Free

PC Version to Ship with Steamworks, Includes Suite of Services for Gamers Around the World

LOS ANGELES (April 8, 2011) - Valve and Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announced that customers who pre-purchase DUNGEON SIEGE® III through Steam® will be given free digital copies of the classic DUNGEON SIEGE I and DUNGEON SIEGE II games that they can access and play immediately. Additionally, all PC versions of the upcoming epic action-RPG will include a host of Steamworks® features, including auto-updating, Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud support, downloadable content and more.

In DUNGEON SIEGE III, players assume the role of one of four heroes, fighting for the sake of their fallen comrades to restore the land of Ehb. Conflict is constant in this action-RPG and decisions have lasting consequences, allowing players to alter the storyline. Choose to battle along with a companion or fight for honor with up to four friends via online co-op play. DUNGEON SIEGE III allows for two players to experience the story from start to finish in local co-op mode. Thanks to the robust AI, DUNGEON SIEGE III's co-op multiplayer mode allows players to seamlessly drop in and out of battle without interrupting the action or impacting the campaign.

"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."

Players will experience the much-awaited next chapter in the DUNGEON SIEGE lore on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. DUNGEON SIEGE III is rated T for Teen. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. For more information about DUNGEON SIEGE III, please visit the official website at: http://dungeonsiege.com.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.