Here Is What You Should Know About Baldur’s Gate III’s Early Access

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Here Is What You Should Know About Baldur's Gate III's Early Access
Here Is What You Should Know About Baldur's Gate III's Early Access

Larian Studios, the developers and publishers behind Baldur’s Gate III, will be dropping their early access on September 30th. During a live stream presentation, it was announced the full game wasn’t going to release in August as they had hoped, but the early access should alleviate the impatience of those waiting for a third Baldur’s Gate for twenty years. There is Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, which is a remaster of Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn along with its expansion Baldur’s Gate II: Throne Of Bhaal, but even that was released almost a decade ago.

The Baldur’s Gate series has been around as a video game since 1998 and developed by BioWare and Black Isle Studios. The third Baldur’s Gate game, Baldur’s Gate III: The Black Hound, was announced in 2002 and was supposed to be released soon after. However, the game was silently canceled until rumors of the game stopped completely when Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition was announced. The intellectual property for Baldur’s Gate has been thrown around for almost a decade until Larian Studios, the makers behind Divinity: Original Sin, approached Wizards of the Coast to work on Baldur’s Gate III. However, Wizards of the Coast didn’t feel the studio could handle it until they saw the success of their Divinity: Original Sin series. That’s when Wizards of The Coast approach Larian Studios to see if they were still interested.

Baldur’s Gate 3 – Official Full Intro Cinematic

Early Access for Baldur’s Gate III will let players play up to level four. While that might not sound like a lot to other games, keep in mind, in a roleplaying game as deep as Dungeons & Dragons, that’s almost 20 hours of gameplay. That is double the gameplay of Larian Studio’s other early access build for Divinity: Original Sin 2. Early access will also make 5 “Origin” characters playable to get a feel for their story paths. Baldur’s Gate III early access will also have 80 combat situations, thousands of lines of dialogue, over 500 characters, and hundreds of abilities.

However, Larian wants early access players to keep in mind that it is an early access title. This is not a demo of a finished and polished game. Early access for Baldur’s Gate III is for those who understand that the game is still in development and wishes to be a part of the development process.

Since Baldur’s Gate III will only release for PC and Google Stadia, the minimum requirements are:

OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Processor: Intel i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350

Memory: 8 GB RAM

Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X

DirectX: Version 11

Storage: 70 GB available space

Baldur’s Gate III will launch its early access on Steam on September 30th.

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Michael Langdon
I write about video games, television, movies and the internet.

One Comment

  1. 20 years?! Baldur’s gate 3 looks like a really good game, hope that not playing the previous ones there will be story pieces missing or something. Is 80 combat situations enough? Very nice for the developers to bringing something early to keep the public happy, not really a high requirement game. How can I get the early access? Would we have to pre purchase or purchase this early game version?

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