Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Launch Will Miss August, but It's "Just Around the Corner"

Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Launch Will Miss August, but It's "Just Around the Corner"

A release date and more will be revealed at this month's "Panel From Hell."

Baldur's Gate 3 is coming soon, just not "the month of August 2020" soon. Today, Larian Studios announced that while the planned Early Access debut of the turn-based RPG won't be happening this month, we will get a launch date for the sequel soon that's "just around the corner."

On Twitter, Larian promises that the launch date for Baldur's Gate 3 will be revealed on August 18 during what it has dubbed the "Panel From Hell," which will be streamed online starting at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. It seems like the panel will be part of this month's line up for the Summer Game Fest, as host and organizer Geoff Keighley will be one of its guests along with Larian founder Swen Vincke and others from the Baldur's Gate 3 team.

As far as delays go, this one isn't terribly unexpected. In June, after a showcase for Baldur's Gate 3 during the Guerilla Collective stream, Vincke said that the Early Access launch would "maybe" happen in August while also acknowledging that the COVID-19 pandemic did slow production on the title.

Baldur's Gate 3 will initially be released through Steam's Early Access program. Release timing for other PC storefronts hasn't been pinned down yet. It's also not clear when it will be launched for Google Stadia.

If you're still wondering whether or not Larian has what it takes to carry the Baldur's Gate mantle, be sure to check out USgamer's hands-off impressions from February and to watch the live demo from June's D&D Live 2020 event. Baldur's Gate 3 may be a mechanical departure from the series's past, but it sounds like there's definitely plenty to like for folks who love Larian's Divinity: Original Sin titles.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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