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Baldur’s Gate 3 makers tell players to stop being so basic

Larian Studios isn’t mad, just disappointed

Baldur’s Gate 3 - a shot of the average of all player characters Image: Larian Studios
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Baldur’s Gate 3 is only in early access so far, with players able to create their own character and jump into its rich fantasy world. The only problem is that developer Larian Studios has checked to see what kinds of characters people are making and ... well, the typical result is really boring.

Larian has been patching the game with hotfixes every day, but for its latest news post on Friday, the studio added a bonus note in the hotfix summary:

Before the fixes, let’s share something you’ve created yourselves (this is your own fault) through your choices in character creation. We took the most popular choices in character creation, and recreated this. We thought our analytics system wasn’t working! We checked. It is.

Congratulations, you’ve basically made the default Vault Dweller. What the hell guys. We gave you demon eyes, horns, and even tails. We are sorely disappointed. Go crazy. We worked hard on this!

Unfortunately, Larian is entirely right in its assessment: That’s one drab slice of beefcake. He looks like he’s ready to play the hot dad in a CW show, or audition as another replacement for Peter Parker in Spider-Man.

It’s also a little silly because, well, there are tons of character options. Players can pick from multiple kinds of elves and tieflings, dwarves and halflings, and other fantasy races. It’s like having access to tons of spaceships and future cars, and choosing a four-door sedan.

There’s still plenty of work until Baldur’s Gate 3 is a finished, polished, final product, but the least we can do is make some neat-o characters. I don’t know who this John Baldurgate is, but he’s far too plain to go mind flayer adventuring. Luckily, we have guides to get you started on your adventure, hopefully with a bit more flair.

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