JoWood Productions has announced it will be releasing both an expansion and a sequel to the massively unsuccessful 2005 fantasy RPG Dungeon Lords.

The as-yet-untitled expansion to the game is currently slated for release in the third quarter of 2008, and will not require the original Dungeon Lords to run. The stand-alone game will serve as a bridge between the first release and Dungeon Lords 2, which will feature an all-new graphics and physics engine, a new epic quest and original art. Dreamcatcher will oversee the production process in conjunction with JoWood. A scheduled release target for Dungeon Lords 2 has not been announced.

Developed by the now-defunct Heuristic Park, Dungeon Lords was the target of intense criticism as a result of the game’s incomplete and buggy state at release. The game was plagued with errors and numerous onscreen controls and other options simply did not work, leading a Game Over review to call it “a new low for how incomplete a game can be and still get released,” while Computer Gaming World (now Games For Windows) referred to it as a “disaster,” rating it 2/10 and saying “it makes bad games look good.” The final patch released for the game enhanced stability and playability, although numerous bugs remained and much of the missing functionality was not restored. If all that hasn’t put you off the game completely, you can find more information at the official Dungeon Lords website.

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