Larian Studios surprised everyone this week with the announcement that they’re taking the lead on the next Baldur’s Gate game, Baldur’s Gate 3.
At yesterday’s (pr)E3 Google Stadia conference one of the exciting announcements was the confirmation of the very strong hints, which we’ve reported on, that a new entry in the Baldur’s Gate series of critically revered CRPGs is being developed by Larian Studios. I personally found myself grinning like a fool at the revelation.
The makers of the role-playing hit series Divinity: Original Sin practically have the RPG genre pumping through their veins and it would almost seem that the independent studio’s destiny was to one day get a shot at continuing the legacy of Baldur’s Gate.
So far details are scarce, but a pre-rendered trailer allowed a glimpse into the game’s narrative and how the classic Dungeons & Dragons setting of Forgotten Realms is realized this time around. Take a look here:
For people unfamiliar with the setting there’s a bit to unpack here, but of course the soldier’s violent transformation into what I’m assuming is a mind flayer, one of Dungeons & Dragons most prolific monsters, is right at the forefront. The Lovecraftian, tentacled horrors are very prominent in the promotional material so far, even the Larian logo underwent a transformation, so it might be a safe bet these creatures are central to the plot.
According to a press release by Larian Studios “Baldur’s Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters, and memorable combat.” They’ve also gone on record stating this is Larian’s biggest production to date.
Regarding how the actual gameplay will look and feel we’ll have to be a bit more patient, but I’m already very curious if they’ll go with the real-time combat with the ability to pause and plan of the classic series entries or if they’ll approach combat turn-based, as they’ve expertly shown off in their Divinity: Original Sin games. The only detail revealed is that once more you’ll be able to play with friends or enjoy Baldur’s Gate 3 as a single-player adventure.
No release date has been announced yet, but in a shocking turn of events the press release states that Larian Studios are “developing and publishing Baldur’s Gate III on PC and Google Stadia”. Does this mean consoles are just straight out of the question? Are we talking about timed exclusivity? Maybe only next-gen consoles? Both their Divinity: Original Sin games were late arrivals on consoles and we’ll find out more in the coming months.
A very hot arrival from just a couple of minutes ago is the first community update by Larian Studios where, in a lighthearted fashion, we get to know how the collaboration between the studio and franchise owners Wizards of the Coast came to be. Check it out right here.