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Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access release date confirmed

Larian Studios pencils a date in the diary for the Early Access release of Baldur’s Gate 3.

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Larian Studios pencils a date in the diary for the Early Access release of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Yesterday’s ‘Panel From Hell’ live stream from Larian revealed lots of new information about the studio’s upcoming RPG, Baldur’s Gate 3. The biggest takeaway is an intended Early Access release date of September 30, 2020. The game will be available on PC and (checks notes) Stadia.

The panel – which comprised of Larian’s Swen Vincke, Chris Perkins, and Adam Smith, and Summer’s Geoff Keighley – explored the wealth of Early Access content. Highlights included an escape from a nautiloid as it jumps between planes of existence and an intriguing encounter that involves a conversation with a brain and a lobotomy.

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Speaking about the size of the game, Larian’s creative director, Swen Vincke, compared Baldur’s Gate 3’s first act with the Early Access release of Divinity: Original Sin 2. (Pay attention at the back).

Baldur’s Gate 3 / Divinity: Original Sin 2 Early Access comparison

  • Number of combat situations: 22 in DOS2 EA vs 80 in BG3 EA
  • Number of dialogue lines in English: 17.600 in DOS2 EA vs. 45.980 in BG3 EA
  • Number of characters: 142 in DOS2 EA vs. 596 in BG3 EA
  • Number of spells/actions: 69 in DOS2 EA vs. 146 in BG3 EA

It’s much bigger, basically.

Information on the game’s classes and races will be revealed ahead of launch, but it was confirmed that five Origin Characters included in the Early Access build are:

  • Astarion (Elf/Vampire Rogue)
  • Gale (Human Wizard),
  • Lae’zel (Githyanki Warrior),
  • Shadowheart (Half-Elf Cleric)
  • Wyll (Human Warlock)

As you may have noticed at the top of the page, September 30 is the intended release date. As ever with game development – and even more so given current events – Larian emphasised that the date is subject to change.

Here’s the full Panel From Hell video for your viewing pleasure.

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