We didn’t get to play, but the two-hour demo we each saw was only loosely scripted and showed off how Baldur’s Gate 3 compares to Divinity: Original Sin 2. Famous for its Divinity series of games, Larian has unveiled the gameplay of its new Baldur’s Gate 3 project, but it’s hard for gamers to please.
Old fans have already found cause for criticism, and some of them intend to boycott the release of the long-awaited sequel. And the fault is the self-repetition and the originality of the developers.
USGamer talked with Larian Studios head Sven Winke and Dungeons & Dragons creative director of desktop RPG Mike Merls on Baldur’s Gate III.
We selected the basic information
- The game will be released on PC and Stadia, a streaming platform from Google. It is likely that others will be added to the list of platforms in the near future. But at the moment the project looks like a PC-exclusive, or at least a game focused on personal computers.
- According to Winke, the release is still relatively far away, and the announcement took place only because the team wants to start a dialogue with fans of the series.
- There will be some elements in Baldur’s Gate III that have never been in CRPG before, but it’s too early to talk about them.
- The game is based on the rules of the Dungeons & Dragons fifth edition.
- Particular emphasis will be placed on player selection and complete freedom of action.
- There is no official information regarding the combat system yet.
- The game will have the ability to interact with the interactive environment, but it is not known whether it will be implemented as widely as it was done in Divinity: Original Sin II.
Baldur’s Gate 3 compares to Divinity: Original Sin 2.
- Comparing Baldur’s Gate III with desktop RPGs, Vinke noted that during a real campaign. Players have many options in addition to choosing a spell or reception. It is this variation and depth that developers are trying to convey.
- The game will have a multiplayer co-op.
- Events unfold 100 years after the end of the plot of the original dilogy. The game will not have a direct connection with her.
- The game will definitely not be released in 2019 – when I asked about this Wink, I even laughed. The journalist assumes that the release will take place no earlier than the end of 2020 or even the beginning of 2021.
- On September 17th, the desktop RPG Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus will be released – this is the Baldur’s Gate III prequel.
In the final part of the conversation, Sven said that even the triquel of the cult and his beloved series is not the crown of his career. Winke still plans to create the ultimate RPG of her dreams, which she periodically recalls in various interviews. Baldur’s Gate III is another step towards implementing this plan. But first, Larian Studios needs to grow both professionally and in terms of development scale.