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Baldur's Gate 3's will get release date news in December

Larian Studios plans to reveal a bunch of new features for Baldur's Gate 3 in December, and news on the game's release will be part of it.

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We’ve been waiting quite a long time to see when Baldur’s Gate 3 will finally be coming and, by all indications, it seems like the wait will end in 2023. When exactly in 2023 remains to be seen, but Larian Studios has shared that a big update coming in December will share more details about that release date. We’ll also be getting a bunch of new features and content for the game as it continues on through Early Access.

Larian announced its ambitions for Baldur’s Gate 3’s December update via a dev blog post on Steam on November 10, 2022. According to the announcement, a December update is coming to bring a number of new features to the game before the year is out. With Act 2 and 3 being “actively playtested,” the team is about ready to settle release date discussions, and we should get to hear news that will narrow down the 2023 release window alongside the December update.

An actor in mo-cap helping capture animations for Baldur's Gate 3.
Larian Studios let viewers see behind-the-scenes mo-cap for the animation capture of Baldur's Gate 3, including a descending stab a rogue might use.
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In addition to the release date news, Larian Studios hopes that the new features coming in December will entice players to re-explore the beginning of the game again.

“Our goal is for even the players who have repeated Act 1 over and over again for hundreds of hours to feel like there’s a whole new experience in store for them at launch,” Larian said in its dev blog.

Baldur’s Gate 3 has been in development for quite a few years. There was a time when the game was expected to launch in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic mucked up things for Larian as it did for many worldwide. It was officially pushed back to 2023 earlier this year, but now it seems we’ll finally see some word on when exactly to expect it.

As we await Baldur’s Gate 3’s December update and release date, stay tuned for more news and updates on the game right here at Shacknews.

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    November 11, 2022 8:40 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Baldur's Gate 3's will get release date news in December

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      November 11, 2022 9:14 AM

      This is quietly probably my 2nd most anticipated game next year? Only behind Diablo 4? And its probably only behind becuase it doesnt get much press/publicity.... but man I cant wait...

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        November 11, 2022 10:14 AM

        I loved BG1 and BG2. Is this a proper sequel or one of those low budget kick starter games?

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          November 11, 2022 10:24 AM

          It's a licensed sequel being made by Larian Studios who made Divitiy: Original Sin 2, widely considered to be one of the best RPGs of the last five years.

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          November 11, 2022 3:00 PM

          just in case... there's been very specifically a bunch of BG1/BG2 inspired kickstarter-ed games in the last decade or so, and i wouldn't really describe any of them as low budget! have you played/encountered any of:

          larian studios (bg3 devs)
          - divinity: original sin
          - divinity: original sin 2
          owlcat games
          - pathfinder: kingmaker
          - pathfinder: wrath of the righteous
          obsidian ent
          - pillars of eternity
          - pillars of eternity 2: deadfire

          pillars kinda kicked off that party - it is their own world and own ruleset with their own take on how the game/leveling works, but you can feel the BG influence and it's well fleshed out with a great story/VA. pathfinder feels closer to BG due to using the PF1e ruleset, and real time with pause or turn based in both games. divinity is turn based only, and uses their own ruleset and sense of logic in the universe that has absolutely nothing to do with D20, but it's well-done, crazy and generally well loved with the most crunchy combat.

          but... yeah, there's been sort of a golden age of party-based RPGs in the last half decade or so, and it's great :D

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            November 11, 2022 3:19 PM

            A couple years ago I watched what was the very earliest access build of BG3 and by gum, if it wasn’t better by a long shot, compared to Divinity and Pillars- so much better written characters, funny and very morally ambiguous choices to make, lots of strange mysteries and monsters and really sweet level design to create challenging battles.

            The combat system itself was in flux and of course it was pre-alpha, missing basic assets, but I’ve got faith this one is going to be the crown on these past years’ Renaissance of CRPGs.

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              November 11, 2022 5:31 PM

              yeah, i'm excited for it - it's a studio that's also repeatedly delivered in the past, and they're turning the cool shiny polish waaayyyyyyy up on this one. my wife's been playing it and contributing bug reports from really early on!

              it's not going to have an easy time of it, though - pathfinder: wrath recently pretty much nailed the ridiculous rags to smashing demon lords power fantasy like BG2: ToB did for me :D

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                November 11, 2022 6:30 PM

                It might have an EASIER time if it comes out when SteamDecks are pervasive. Seems like a perfect game to play in a portable format.

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      November 11, 2022 10:49 AM

      Yessssss. I’m looking forward to very few games more than this. VERY few.

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      November 11, 2022 3:20 PM

      YASSSSSS

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