Baldur’s Gate 3 is arriving on September 30 via Steam Early Access on September 30, Larian Studios will demand 60 USD to take part in the beta testing phase of the ambitious RPG.
While the content will be limited, there should be enough bells and whistles to make it a fun, engaging experience. Says the developer at Baldur’s Gate 3 community update #5.
Players who are interested in participate the early access will have around 20-25 hours of gameplay in a single play-through, with performance captured dialogues and cut-scenes, voice-overs for most dialogs, multiplayer ( no split-screen), and an Act 1 story that “should feel fulfilling to play through many multiple times, with multiple characters.”
At the start of Early Access, support for custom characters will consist of 6 classes and 9 races, with several subclasses and subraces included. You won’t be able to play as an origin character yet but you will be able to recruit 5 of them as companions when your journey commences.
According to Larian Studios, Baldur’s Gate III “will push the boundaries of the RPG genre” the game is expected to deliver a rich narrative with “unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters and memorable combat.”
“Baldur’s Gate means so much to so many people. It’s a great responsibility but I think we’re ready for it,” said Swen Vincke, Creative Director at Larian Studios. “We’re all about creating reactive, systemic worlds that respect player agency and having a chance to apply our team’s skillset in a universe as rich as Dungeons & Dragons is a lot of fun. We’re working very closely with Wizards to bring an unprecedented level of immersion to the realm of Faerun and I can’t wait to show the world what our team cooked up.”
“Partnering with Larian, a studio that combines a remarkable history of critically-acclaimed titles with a genuine passion for one of the most iconic locations in Dungeons & Dragons, has been a terrific experience,” said Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast. “We believe fans of the Baldur’s Gate saga – and even those new to the series – will be thrilled to step into this epic story.”
The game is being produced in collaboration with the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast, Baldur’s Gate 3 is based off current Dungeons & Dragons mechanics and spells and is the official new chapter in the legendary series. The project is Larian Studios’ biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure.