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Baldur’s Gate 3 goes into early access Sept. 30

First act of early access content will be available through Steam and Stadia

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Larian Studios will release Baldur’s Gate 3 in early access form on Sept. 30, the studio announced during a livestream presentation Tuesday. It won’t meet the best-case, August launch scenario Larian had hoped for, but fans won’t have to wait that much longer for the early access game to arrive on PC and Stadia.

The early access version of Baldur’s Gate 3 will feature five Origin characters as well as player-customized characters. At launch, players will get access to Astarion (Elf/Vampire Rogue), Gale (Human Wizard), Lae’zel (Githyanki Warrior), Shadowheart (Half-Elf Cleric), and Wyll (Human Warlock). More characters will be announced “throughout early access,” Larian said in a news release.

Players will be able to experience an early version of the game’s first act. Larian Studios creative director Swen Vincke outlined the scope of early access today, and how the game’s first act compares to the early access release of Divinity: Original Sin 2. Here are some numbers, comparing the two early access games:

  • Number of combat encounters: 22 in DOS2 EA vs. 80 in BG3 EA
  • Number of English dialogue lines: 17,600 in DOS2 EA vs. 45,980 in BG3 EA
  • Number of characters: 142 in DOS2 EA vs. 596 in BG3 EA
  • Number of spells/actions: 69 in DOS2 EA vs. 146 in BG3 EA

We previewed Baldur’s Gate 3 back in February, finding that the game lived up to the expectations set by the franchise, whose last full title launched 20 years ago, and those of Larian’s very popular Divinity series, which has published five games since 2002.

Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch on Windows PC via Steam, and the full version will also be available on Google Stadia.

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