What you need to know
- Larian Studios just announced Baldur's Gate III for Windows PC and Google Stadia.
- The game will probably launch in 2020.
- It's the biggest role-playing game Larian has ever built.
- It's coming to more platforms, but the team can't talk about that at the moment.
Today, Larian Studios announced that it was "developing and publishing" Baldur's Gate III on Windows PC and Google Stadia. The game is a new chapter in the legendary series, and features a lot of the spells and abilities found in the lore. The production values are very high, and given how great the Divinity: Original Sin series is, Balder's Gate III may push the boundaries of the role-playing genre.
Just like Divinity: Original Sin, the game features unparalleled player freedom, meaningful decisions, and quirky companions. Larian added that Baldur's Gate III was it's biggest production ever, and will be playable with friends in co-op.
The cinematic trailer doesn't give us a taste of the gameplay, but it does highlight the return of a malevolent presence to Baldur's Gate. The entity intends on devouring it from the inside out, corrupting everything that remains in the Forgotten Realms. Alone you may resist, but together you can overcome. It's time to gather your party.
Larian added that it wasn't ready to discuss future platforms at this time, but past games from the team have ended up on consoles. While it doesn't seem like Baldur's Gate III will launch in 2019, it may end up on the next-generation Xbox come next year. However, only time will tell. At this moment, you can rest easy that the long-awaited franchise is back from the dead.
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I really hope they can be persuaded to do NWN3 as well.
I would love that, Andy. Neverwinter Nights were for me special games, the truest videogame distillation of D&D.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 with D&D stuff? Count me in.
Mindflayers, cool... but waiting to see the gameplay
I was super excited, now I am skeptical. Larian has never done any games with this sort of tone (their games are colourful, almost cartoonish, and simple of plot), they favour 3d over isometric & 5e means major changes versus the original game (like a massive time lapse, disconnecting the stories). First; let's see gameplay or screenshots at least. Second, tell me who is writing. THEN I might get hyped. This could just as easily be a giant poop on the franchise, despite DOS being generally good games (especially tactically) Legends of the sword coast was in this setting, and no one liked it. Takes more than a setting and a name to make something worthy of being BG3
I thought the writing in Divinity Original Sin 2 was excellent. The Characters all very unique and flushed out. The graphics were outstanding and allowed for lots of clever uses of spells and techniques that interact with the world that wouldn't be possible in isometric. I have full faith in Larian to produce an incredible game. I don't think there is another studio out there who could be a better choice.
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