We're less than a week away from the Early Access launch of Baldur's Gate 3. The role-playing game will have a character creator, of course, but the number of options is looking pretty deep for an Early Access title.
In a new Community Update posted today, developer Larian Studios goes into detail on how players can craft their own protagonist. Like other Larian games, there is the option to play as either a custom character or an "origins" character, which is a prebuilt persona who can also potentially join the party.
In Divinity: Original Sin 2, the origins characters were often the way to go—they got additional dialogue and story, and were overall a more involved experience. Larian has said that custom characters are "central to the arc" of Baldur's Gate 3, so having some good customization options for them, and seeing the world react to those decisions, will go a long way.
Parts of character creation are fairly straightforward for any D&D-styled RPG. Points go into six abilities—Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, Charisma—and you decide various skills you're proficient in. There are also races, subraces, backgrounds, and classes, sometimes with deities and subclasses as well.
It's already a lot to take in at the start, and that's not accounting for the little details, like picking your character's actual face. Larian says it scanned many, many heads and faces to create base heads for character creation. At Early Access launch, there will be a total of 150 heads to pick across the 16 races and subraces.
Those choices will have effects in the world as well. Larian notes that choosing to play a Tiefling might affect the way some characters act with you, due to recent events in the story. Creating a Githyanki character might make you more removed from the customs of the Sword Coast, and NPCs might have different responses. (There are also "nearly 600" NPCs in Act 1 alone.)
So while choosing to play as your own crafted character gives you a firmer grasp of your own role-playing and destiny, it looks like it will also have more of an effect on your surroundings too. It's sounding like Baldur's Gate 3 will be a pretty sizeable chunk of game, not just in terms of length of a single playthrough, but in possible permutations.