As the COVID-19 pandemic has continued throughout 2020, it has had a huge impact on a number of gaming events and releases, but Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t getting bogged down by the coronavirus yet. Larian Studios’ Swen Vincke says development on Baldur’s Gate 3 has been slowed down a bit, but it’s still on track for its intended 2020 release at this time.
On April 21, 2020, Swen Vincke shared a recent interview with the New York Times via his personal Twitter. According to Vincke, Larian was able to adjust to new working conditions with the coronavirus pandemic going on, but the team has seen some interesting and unforeseen problems as a result of the transition.
“The very first week, it went really well," Vincke said. "Everyone had all the information they needed to just smoothly go work from home. We started seeing more stress on the leads in terms of communication. We’d spend all of our days just communicating - trying to solve problems, organize things, give direction,"
First New York Times interview was not exactly about what I would've imagined, but it does bring some good news: While we're slowed down, development on BG3 keeps on progressing and we still expect EA this year https://t.co/BvT7qCQD2V— Swen Vincke @where? (@LarAtLarian) April 21, 2020
Due to the issues that arose, Vincke admitted that development on Baldur’s Gate has slowed down a bit, but he’d go on to mention in the interview and Twitter that Baldur’s Gate 3 is still on track for 2020 despite issues.
“Development is proceeding," Vincke continued. "We're just slowed down."
Even so, Larian has made it very clear that they’re not afraid to take their time to make the product everything they want it to be. When Google Stadia seemed to slip a Baldur’s Gate 3 release window, Larian Studios was quick to point out that the game would be moving along on their schedule and no one else’s.
With that in mind, it might not be surprising to see Larian delay Baldur’s Gate 3 a little bit if it means building up the most robust RPG experience possible as it has looked like they were doing from their recent gameplay demonstration at PAX East 2020.