We'll Be Getting Our First Look at Baldur's Gate 3 Gameplay Very Soon

We'll Be Getting Our First Look at Baldur's Gate 3 Gameplay Very Soon

Larian Studios is gearing up for a gameplay reveal at PAX East.

We've not seen anything from Baldur's Gate 3 since it was announced last June, but that's all about to change. Today, Larian Studios announced that it'll unveil gameplay of Baldur's Gate 3 at PAX East and via stream.

The reveal will take place on Thursday, February 27 at 3:30pm ET, and will be accompanied by a developer Q&A session.

There's not much else to glean from Larian's announcement video for the event, which runs through a montage of some performance capture sessions, an orchestra recording, and what appears to be some real-life location scouting. Larian does add that since Baldur's Gate 3 was confirmed at E3 last year, its team has grown to 350 people and that the studio's overhauled much of its development tech and processes since the release of 2017's Divinity: Original Sin 2.

Baldur's Gate 3 will be set 100 years after the events of the first two games in the series, and will utilize the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons ruleset introduced by Wizards of the Coast in 2013. Beyond that, Larian hasn't talked much about how closely Baldur's Gate 3 will hew to its CRPG roots, but in an interview last year Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke did tell USgamer that players can expect some degree of environmental interaction a la Original Sin 2. We also know that D&D's infamous Mind flayers will play a central role in the campaign's story.

For now, Baldur's Gate 3 has only been confirmed for release on PC and Stadia. At E3, Vincke spoke positively of the streaming service's hypothetical ability to facilitate easier multiplayer sessions: "There's a lot of people who watch Critical Role [a D&D web series], and since BG3 has drop-in/drop out multiplayer, you can suddenly start having the community working together with streamers."

Baldur's Gate 3 is only one of a few video game projects that Wizards of the Coast is involved with at the moment. Magic: Legends, a Diablo-esque RPG, was announced at The Game Awards 2019, and last month Wizards of the Coast announced the formation of Archetype Entertainment, a new studio led by former BioWare creative director James Ohlen.

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