Baldur’s Gate 3 is releasing earlier than expected

Baldur’s Gate 3, the much-anticipated game, is set to leave Steam Early Access on August 3rd, a pleasant surprise coming nearly a full month earlier than expected.

Baldur’s Gate 3, or BG3, is a computer game version of the beloved Dungeons & Dragons, and it’s also the sequel to the hit 2000 PC game, Baldur’s Gate II.

The game has been in Early Access for eager fans since October 2020.

Baldur’s Gate 3 represents the first partnership between the longtime Dungeons & Dragons publisher, Washington-based Wizards of the Coast, and Larian Studios. The latter is a game developer from Belgium with branch studios in countries like Canada, England, Ireland, Spain, Russia, and Malaysia.

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They’re most famous for their Divinity series of computer RPGs.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Release Date

The game was initially planned to be released on PC, Mac, and PlayStation 5 on August 31. The exciting news of the early PC release was shared on the BG3’s Steam community pages.

Larian Studios commented, “This means the PC version of Baldur’s Gate 3 will be released at a time when you’ll have more time to play it.” This move could be seen as an effort to avoid clashing with the release of Bethesda Softworks’ space-opera RPG Starfield, which drops on PC and Xbox Series X|S on September 6.

Meanwhile, the PlayStation 5 version of BG3 is slated for release on September 6, with the Mac version following at a yet-to-be-announced date.

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The delay has been attributed to Larian Studios’ aim to reach the target framerate of 60 FPS on the PlayStation 5 platform, as opposed to rushing and sacrificing the performance quality of its immersive gameplay.

The game’s setting is over 120 years post the events of the prior game and occurs in the namesake city within the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign setting.

As a character who escapes from mind-controlling creatures, known as mind flayers, you have to cure yourself of a parasite they planted in you and prevent their invasion of the Realms.

Players have a plethora of choices for character classes and races, featuring many beloved D&D and Forgotten Realms options. The latest update also allows players to pick Dragonborn, half-orcs, or duergar races, and the new class — the monk.

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According to Larian’s announcement, nearly 2 million gamers have already tried BG3 in its Early Access phase on Steam, and the development team has grown to 400 people. The game’s final script is around 2 million words long, making it slightly longer than the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series thus far.

Wizards of the Coast consider BG3 a significant part of their annual release schedule. It is the largest video game to date under their current video game projects.

Wizards CEO Cynthia Williams highlighted that video games serve as “a critical way to give fans a different way to enjoy a brand and game that they love.”

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What is Baldur’s Gate 3 full release date?

Baldur’s Gate 3 is expected to remain in early access until its full release on 31 August 2023, which coincides with the release of the PlayStation 5 version.

Can You play Baldur’s Gate 3 without playing 1 or 2?

Yes, you can play Baldur’s Gate 3 without playing the other two. Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2 are wonderful games and if you’re a fan of dungeons and dragons you’ll enjoy them. But playing them will not help with Baldur’s Gate 3, either with the plot or the UI/game interface/abilities.

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