Baldur's Gate 3 Will "Maybe" Go Into Early Access Alpha This August

Baldur's Gate 3 Will "Maybe" Go Into Early Access Alpha This August

By the end of the summer, you might be able to play Baldur's Gate 3.

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.

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