Baldur's Gate 3 is currently in early access on PC, and despite only being one act long at the moment, players have still been picking apart what they've got so far. Developer Larian Studios has been learning a lot in kind, including where players tend to save and reload the most to get around certain dice rolls.
In an interview with IGN, Larian founder Swen Vincke discusses all the data the studio has been receiving from its early access period, using a suite of tools to see what its players have been up to. This includes where players tend to save progress, which lets the team know where players seem to be save scumming.
If you're not familiar, "save scumming" is the time-honored tradition of saving your game, attempting an event in-game, and then reloading from that previous checkpoint if you didn't get the outcome you desired. This might mean constantly re-trying a shot in XCOM, or in the case of Baldur's Gate 3, a dialogue option dice roll; either way, it's manipulating the system to get around the RNG. Not illegal, though depending on your personal opinion, sometimes frowned upon.
Vincke notes one scene in particular, where the player has to navigate a web of dialogue prompts to save some children, as an area laden with save scumming, and notes that data is something Larian can learn from. "We made [the dice rolls] hard, but maybe we can add extra role-playing options for players to get the same effect," Vincke tells IGN. "It's one of those things that we can pick up from seeing those behaviors of players."
Of course, that's not all the data players are providing. Larian can also see romance stats, and like we learned in a previous community update, Baldur's Gate 3 players seem to be rampantly horny. That's not embellishment; Vincke himself says "they're all horny, I can tell you that." Only about one percent of players has not been interested in romance. Good work, everyone. I'm proud of you all.
There are some other interesting tidbits in IGN's interview, including the note that the "Good" alignment characters are still on the way. (Apparently the current companions are all Evil or Neutral, according to Vincke.) Players are continuing to play the early access and find new, interesting ways to break and manipulate it, but it's fascinating seeing what Larian can see on its end of things, and what it is learning from that info.
Baldur's Gate 3 is currently in early access on PC. If you want to hear more about development of the game and Larian's take on the classic BioWare series, go listen to our Axe of the Blood God episode with the Larian founder.