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Baldur’s Gate 3 could enter early access as soon as August, if everything goes to plan

Larian Studios seems optimistic it can hit that date

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Baldur’s Gate 3 could arrive in early access as soon as this August. The announcement was made Saturday during the Guerilla Collective online game festival.

Developed by Larian Studios (Divinity: Original Sin) and inspired by the 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, Baldur’s Gate 3 was first announced at E3 in 2018. A prequel of sorts launched last year, a tabletop module called Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus.

“COVID-19 has impacted the Larian team as it has many people around the world,” the studio said Saturday in a news release, “but the shift to work-from-home has gratefully been a successful one, allowing Larian to continue building toward an early access period of (maybe!) August. Larian will have more information about the specific content of early access in the future, but the team is committed to working directly with community feedback to evolve the game during its early access campaign.”

The original Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2 were recently remastered for Nintendo Switch, and might be the best version of that classic isometric RPG ever produced.

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