A Better Experience
After 3 years in development the mod is nearing the end of the beta phase with the release of Beta 30, the most complete and polished version yet.
What is Fixed?
There have been numerous major and minor fixes addressed in this version to quests, textures, map features, items, conversations, balance, etc. Probably well over one hundred individual fixes thanks to the dedicated team of beta testers who test the maps and provide invaluable feedback.
New Maps to Play
There are two new maps to play with a couple of hours gameplay each - Return to Arhok and Diabloish. Plus there's better support for converting other user made Dungeon Siege maps to Dungeon Siege 2.
More Dungeon Siege Items
Over 180 extra Dungeon Siege armors and weapons have been converted for use in Dungeon Siege 2 and Broken World. This includes 25 special unique items like Merik's Staff, Starlight Vesture, Lord Hovart's Blood Armor and the Staff of Stars which level with the player.
Voice Pack Support
There's now voice pack support for Baldur Gate type party vocal acknowledgements to orders and spotting monsters built into the mod for the forthcoming Voice Packs for Dungeon Siege 2 and Legendary Mod to be released soon.
Textures for terrain and objects have been redone from scratch with even better bloom and enhanced detail filtering effects.
New monsters have been added to an expanded Pit of Despair and other like the Doppelgangers, Whelnar's Eyes, Zepherylls and Swirling Midges have been restores whilst monsters like Gobbots and Drocs now act more like the originals. Some monsters and bosses now have passive skills like the player with skills like Ignite and Smite.
Recruitable dwarves now use the Broken World model for dual wielding and throwing weapon support which the preceding model didn't support.
It is important to note that the mod requires that the original Dungeon Siege and/or Legends of Aranna is installed prior to setup as original assets and maps have to be converted in order for them to be playable in Dungeon Siege 2 or Broken World. About 1.07 GB of free HDD space will be required to install all 6 maps in you own Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna, 855 Mb if you only have the original Dungeon Siege.
Since the mod has been significantly updated since the last public release, it is important to reinstall it and the installer will attempt to remove all previous Beta 13 or 14 files during installation. Please note that if you have downloaded any beta files from the mod's website, these will need to be removed manually for the mod to function properly.
Owners of the Steam versions of Dungeon Siege 1 and 2 should apply the appropriate Steam Registry Fix included in the zip unless they have already patched it previously. Otherwise the installer won't be able to find the games in order to install the mod.
Other than that, installation is an easy matter of just unzipping the installer and running it, confirming dialog choices and the EULA.