Baldur's Gate 3's Next Update Will Have Its First Story Changes

Baldur's Gate 3's Next Update Will Have Its First Story Changes

Be sure to read the fine print about your saves, though.

Larian Studios is still working on the early access of Baldur's Gate 3, and there's another update just around the corner. This one comes with changes to the game's story, the first yet in its early access period, but that also means you'll need some new saves.

Much like Larian's previous work on Divinity: Original Sin 2's early access, the upcoming update will make previous Baldur's Gate 3 saves incompatible with the current version and onwards. The nice part is that this patch, however, won't necessarily mean you need to wipe your file just yet.

In a Steam update, Larian says the early access will essentially fork into two versions. Each patch will also have a secondary branch, which will allow players to keep playing the previous version of the game with their compliant save games. The primary branch, meanwhile, will continue updating and staying current. You won't be able to check out any of the new content in your current game, but hey, you'll also be able to finish out that first act run you worked so hard on.

Full instructions can be found in the Steam blog linked above. Larian also recommends that, if you're unsure about whether you want to keep current or not, it's probably best to disable automatic updates for the time being. That way you can stay on whatever version you're on now, and once you're ready, you can hop back up to the main version and roll a new character. Maybe you can dream up a more interesting character while you're at it.

Ultimately, this is a good reminder of where Baldur's Gate 3 is right now. Despite the hours that players have been sinking in, failing their dice rolls and romancing the night away, it's still very much an early access. It's a higher level of production than you might expect, but major pieces are still in development. So far the early access really only covers one hub, albeit a pretty large one.

A new patch is a good excuse for all the Gale lovers out there to spark up some new romances. | Larian Studios

Ultimately, it's best that you don't get too attached to any characters you make. My Githyanki warrior, whose proclivity from shoving and throwing items comes from a respectable football career at Sword Coast Tech before it was cut tragically short by foul play from a rival team's mindflayer (let me have my headcanon), is certainly a fun character to roleplay. I also know his time is short, and I'll be rolling someone new once Baldur's Gate 3 leaves early access.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Dicey Dungeons Had a Surprise Launch on Switch Last Night

Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.

How's Creator Fit Multiplayer Monster-Taming Into a Single Tweet

Bless Twitter's Javascript embeds for letting this Pokemon-like flourish.

CD Projekt Red Is "Not Encouraging" Cyberpunk 2077 Returns, Joint-CEO Tells Investors

"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwi?ski.

Need help?

Witcher 3: How to Start the Blood and Wine DLC and Meet Its Level Requirements

We explain how to get to Toussaint and what level you should be when you do.

Witcher 3: All the Correct Play Lines in "The Play's the Thing" Quest

We explain how to perform the Doppler's play with Priscilla, as well as whether to choose tragedy or comedy.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Mystery Gift Codes List (January 2020)

You can get free gifts in Pokemon Sword and Shield by entering certain Mystery Gift Codes. Here’s a full list of all the active codes available right now.

The Outer Worlds Shrink Ray - How to Get the Unique Shrink Ray Science Weapon

This is where you can get the Shrink Ray science weapon in The Outer Worlds, one of the unique weapons in the game.