We got our first preview of Baldur’s Gate 3 during PAX East. Developers Larian Studios gave participants and live stream viewers an in-depth look at the game, covering small details about the plot, combat, gameplay mechanics, graphical changes, and how character selection will function. Fans of Divinity: Original Sin 2 will feel right at home.
While we first learned about the game’s impending early access earlier in 2020, the confirmed date happened during the Panel from Hell live stream, hosted by Geoff Keighley. It will hopefully be available on September 30.
Following the end of the PAX East 2020 panel held by Stadia, featuring Larian Studios, an audience member did ask Swen Vincke, founder of Larian Studios, for additional details about it. He did not have more information but did share a handful of things that the studio needs to do before they release it. “We’re going to roll it into early access when bugs, like you saw, are all gone,” Vincke said. “We’re very curious to get the community feedback, the thing is very important for us. We’ll make sure there’s enough content in there to keep you busy, we will make sure you don’t have all of the content, so then you have plenty of content to play through.”
The big thing Larian Studios is working on right now is putting in the final touches to Baldur’s Gate 3‘s overall build. It needs to fine-tune the small bugs in the game, add in character animations, reaction systems, and different mechanics it still needs to wrap up. Vincke could not provide an exact figure on that information right now.
The game has an early access build coming to Stadia and PC before the game officially releases. The early access build was supposed to launch sometime in August 2020, but that never happened, and Larian Studios shared this wouldn’t happen, but announced the date during Panel from Hell. You will be able to check out the game on September 30.
The developers plan to spend a great deal of time in early access to make Baldur’s Gate 3 a better game, much like they did with Original Sin 1 and 2.
Early access will allow players to make custom characters, along with the already created characters that can be core companions in the story. Larian Studio will have a handful of characters players can pick from. Early access will also have players party up with five companions, and you can reach up to level four. Multiplayer will be available in early access, but not split screen.
Baldur’s Gate 3 will be coming to PC and Google Stadia at an undisclosed release date.