Today during the Guerrilla Collective showcase, Larian Studios announced that Baldur's Gate 3 is coming sooner than expected. Like Divinity: Original Sin and Divinity: Original 2, Baldur's Gate 3 will be coming to Steam Early Access ahead of its full launch. Larian Studios founder Sven Vincke revealed that the Early Access launch is coming on August 2020.
There was a "maybe" in that release window though. Vincke noted that the COVID-19 pandemic did slow down production on the game a bit. He pointed to motion and performance capture as one of the places most hit by pandemic lockdown. Vincke also said that Baldur's Gate 3 has seen improvements since its PAX West debut, in terms of combat, the ruleset, and narration.
Baldur's Gate 3 will be the focus of the upcoming D&D Live stream event on June 18, with Vincke playing through a new section of the game. That means in less than a week, we'll have a little more Baldur's Gate 3 on our screens.
Baldur's Gate 3 will feature turn-based combat, eight classes, and 15 races from Dungeons & Dragons lore. According to design producer David Walgrave, Baldur's Gate 3 being anything other than turn-based was never in contention. "We've been doing turn-based for a while now. Dungeons & Dragons is turn-based in itself, so it makes a lot of sense. Even after we implemented the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset, the result was so different from what we concocted with Divinity: Original Sin that we saw that the combat designers would have to do it completely different, so that was a challenge," Walgrave told USG earlier this year.
Baldur's Gate 3 still has no release window beyond this Steam Early Access launch.