A threequel to one of the most well-regarded PC RPG series ever made was confirmed this week during the Google Stadia broadcast. Baldur’s Gate 3 is finally happening, and it’s being made by one of the best modern RPG developers, Larian Studios. Watch the cinematic trailer above, but be warned there’s some intense body horror. Don’t be like me and watch it while eating.
“Baldur’s Gate means so much to so many people. It’s a great responsibility but I think we’re ready for it,” said Swen Vincke, Creative Director, Larian Studios. “We’re all about creating reactive, systemic worlds that respect player agency and having a chance to apply our team’s skillset in a universe as rich as Dungeons & Dragons is a lot of fun. We’re working very closely with Wizards to bring an unprecedented level of immersion to the realm of Faerun and I can’t wait to show the world what our team cooked up.”
Larian Studios are the developers behind the successful and excellent Divinity RPGs, most notably Divinity: Original Sin 1 and 2, which make fantastic couch co-op games. In many ways they’re the spiritual successors to the Infinity Engine RPGs of the late 90s and early 2000s, of which Baldur’s Gate 2 is often the most well regarded.
The press release states that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be Larian’s biggest game yet, and will support both single player and cooperative multiplayer.
The Baldur’s Gate series is an official licensed product from Dungeons & Dragons. Baldur’s Gate 3 will utilize much of the combat, gameplay, and storytelling from the Divnity series, along with “current D&D mechanics and spells.”
“Partnering with Larian, a studio that combines a remarkable history of critically-acclaimed titles with a genuine passion for one of the most iconic locations in Dungeons & Dragons, has been a terrific experience,” said Chris Cocks, President, Wizards of the Coast. “We believe fans of the Baldur’s Gate saga – and even those new to the series – will be thrilled to step into this epic story.”
Release date nor platforms have been announced, other than PC (and Stadia). Previous Larian games have launched first on PC, then later on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.