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.
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.
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.