Even the baddest cat on the planet knows better than to run into batlle all willy-nilly without some decent protection on his back. Because GPG loves you Dungeon Siege will even provide you with clothes to put on your back. You'll start off with the basic shirt and pants but after that it's all up to you. You can buy armor at your local Armors R' Us or find it in your travels as you slay the enemy. As a matter of fact your character will autoequip better armor that is picked up so you won't have to stop what you're doing to throw on that new fangled helm you just liberated from a reluctant, recently deceased skeleton.
Scott "GPMechanic" Bilas has said that the design doesn't call for the ability to damage armor, which he thinks is a good thing, and I have to agree with him. You won't have to worry about endlessly running to town to repair your armor. In some other games that gets to be a serious drag in short order.
And if you want to create your own armor modifications, Mark "Pixelman" Peasley, GPG Art director tells us:
"Your character will be able to hold a large number of different weapons, like swords, clubs, hammers, staffs, etc. You will also be able to pick up and hold a variety of different shields as well. Our weapon system is fairly open ended so we will be creating a large number of items that the player can use. User modification and customization will also be possible, but that's down the road a bit... "
So what kind of options will you have?
There will be a huge variety of body armor, helms, boots, gloves and shields.
In addition your armor may possess magical abilities that can enhance your stats and make you one lean, mean, killing machine.
Above and to the left, there's a very fine concept sketch containing full sets of skeleton armor, an ornate design, and some dragon scale armor. To appreciate the image fully click on it for the larger version.
GPG also put together several adventurers on a bridge to pose for everyone. They have all the latest in fashion and appear to be quite dapper. You can see examples of tunics, leather, studded leather, chainmail, platemail, and scalemail. There's even a blue mage's robe thrown in there (he's the second from the right in the back).
Below you can see several examples of helms and shields that will be made available to you. I'd really like to get my hands on that shield the skeleton is holding. I wonder if he'd trade... or perhaps I'll just have to make him an offer he can't refuse.
Dan Strandberg recently got his hands on some screenshots and scripts for the Siege FX system and one of the images shows off a magical armor created as a swirling sphere of protection.