Baldur’s Gate 3 Comes To Early Access On September 30
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. During the stream, the final part of the CGI introduction was shown, and revealed players will begin their journey in Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells.
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Avernus featured heavily in the recently released D&D adventure module Descent Into Avernus, which saw the entire city of Elturel dragged into hell. The city was saved, but the aftermath of that cataclysmic event casts a shadow over the events of Baldur’s Gate 3. But players won’t just see the aftermath – captive aboard a nautiloid, they take part in a daring escape as the ship jumps between planes of existence, and is caught up in the fury of the eternal, apocalyptic Blood War that rages across the hellscape. Avernus will be featured throughout the game, alongside many other locations to be announced later.
Fans can expect to jump into the world of Baldur’s Gate 3 when the game comes to early access for Steam and Stadia on September 30th, according to Larian Studios. Players will get to experience the game with only a handful of starting characters and character classes, but, in response to a community question, the game’s creative director confirmed that more would be added throughout early access. Baldur’s Gate 3’s early access will offer around 25 hours of gameplay and allow the player to hit level four with their chosen character.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is shaping up to be an extremely detailed and multi-layered game if this panel and past presentations are to be believed. Though it may seem like the game’s early access caps the players’ progression a little early, this may not be the case. In the tabletop game, D&D characters will have attained many defining skills or spells by level four, so hitting this level should give players a good sense of the full game. Of course, the real test will come when fans are able to dig into the world and see how it really feels in September.
Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch on Windows PC via Steam, and the full version will also be available on Google Stadia.