As expected, Baldur’s Gate 3 — a sequel to 2000’s Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn — is in development at Larian Studios, the Belgian developer behind the critically acclaimed Divinity: Original Sin series. Announced today as one of the games available in Google’s Stadia November 2019 launch window, Baldur’s Gate 3 will be “based off current D&D mechanics and spells and is the official new chapter in the legendary series,” according to a press release.
This latest installment, which sees the “return of a malevolent presence,” will be Larian’s “biggest production ever” as well as playable with friends in addition to single-player. It’s being developed for PC as well as Google Stadia.
Set in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons & Dragons campaign setting, the Baldur’s Gate games were originally developed by BioWare and published by Interplay and Black Isle Studios. Enhanced editions of the two games were later released by Beamdog’s Overhaul Games division. A third entry in the series — to be called Baldur’s Gate 3: The Black Hound — began development at Black Isle shortly thereafter, before being quietly canceled in 2003.
“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 at 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.”
While neither the trailer nor the game’s official website mention the release date — the press release simply states more information will come “over the course of the year” — Google has listed the game as a launch window title, alongside other titles like Destiny 2, Darksiders Genesis, and Doom Eternal.