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Baldur's Gate III Announced; Powered by D&D 5E

The developers of the Divinity: Original Sin series, Laria Studios, officially announced Baldur’s Gate III.
The new game will use the D&D 5th Edition rules as the backbone for their system and the storyline will be set directly after the events in the upcoming adventure Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus. The game will be released on PC and the new Google Stadia video game streaming service. The announcement came with a teaser trailer below. More information is expected at the video game and electronics conference E3 next week.

The game isn't quite available for pre-order, but you can add it to your wishlist on Steam. The Steam listing also gives some idea of the features and gameplay options, as it lists Single Player, Multi-Player, Online Multiplayer, Local Multiplayer, Co-Op, Online Co-Op, Local Co-Op, Shared/Split Screen, and Cross-Platform Multiplayer.

The announcement follows a tease last week with an image of the stylized "III" which left the title of the game as part of the filename.

Warning: The trailer features some gruesome imagery which may not be suitable for all audiences and is definitely NSFW.

[video=youtube;OcP0WdH7rTs]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcP0WdH7rTs[/video]​
 
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EthanSental

Explorer
Another YouTube video by Larian studios went live today, not much game talk but just a fun skit with Swen meeting with Nathan and Mike at WoTC.
 

Paul Farquhar

Explorer
www.pcgamer.com/baldurs-gate-3-will-combine-the-best-of-divinity-and-dandd-5th-edition/ "Party plannerTo save Baldur's Gate you'll need a party of heroes, and like a typical D&D party they're all the protagonists of their own stories, each with their own motivations and ambitions. When you make a character, you'll be filling in your character sheet, essentially, not just with abilities and skills, but backgrounds, personality traits and ideals. If you make a Mage, you'll be able to look at the last pages of your Players Handbook and find, for the most, exactly same spells. You'll have all the pieces you need to make a D&D adventurer.While he's not ready to confirm that it will feature in Baldur's Gate 3, Vincke's also interested in taking another crack at Original Sin 2's origin system, which gives players premade characters with unique backgrounds, quests and talents. They're better defined than their custom counterparts, and more connected to the world. "I thought the origin stories were a really good addition to the RPG genre, like we did them, and it would be strange if we went back on that," he says. "The ambitions for the origin stories in Original Sin 2 were actually higher than what we managed to do, though we did it well if you think about all that we fit in there, but there's so much more that can be done with it. I'd certainly be interested in exploring it." It sounds like unlike BG 1&2 and NWN1&2 there isn't a singlar protagonist, but rather the whole party is and that the background isn't singularly predetermined, but more like 5e backgrounds. Remember that they have 27 writers alone, with a dev staff of 200 and over 100 external devs. I think the 27 writers BG3 are more staff then most D&D games have in there entire company for employees. That is more writers then many TV shows! The old limitations of previous games do not apply. Do you think Obsidian had a staff that big, or Black Isle Studios, or Owlcat, FOW Studios, Harebrain, ect...
I would be very disappointed if they didn't take the path of "central character plus well rounded pre-generated companions". All the CRPGs that actually have engaging plots take that approach. And writing is where Larian concerns me. The gameplay in DoS2 is excellent, but the writing is twee and cheesy, far inferior to anything written by PreEA-Bioware, Obsidian/Black Isle, or even Beamdog. And writing is one occupation where more doesn't equal better.
 

Valetudo

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Finally a good developer takes a shot at a modern dnd game. These guys know how to make a good RP videogame. Have a good sized staff to cover the workload and a real passion for dnd. Im looking forward to this one hopefully we hear a little more at E3.
 

Retreater

Explorer
I come from a background of almost exclusively console RPGs - Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Phantasy Star, etc. As a kid, I didn't have access to a PC powerful enough to run a game like Baldur's Gate.So I downloaded Divinity: Original Sin after reading glowing reviews. I literally could not find my way out of the first town. Everywhere I turned was a dead end, and I needed to find online walkthroughs to lead me through the confusing steps (that I would've never guessed on my own). [To be fair, I had similar issues with Torment: Tides of Numenera and Pillars of Eternity. Though I did okay with Shadowrun.]I guess I'm just not good at reading the minds of game programmers who can't be as flexible as real life Dungeon Masters. I really wish I could get into these games, though.
 

Paul Farquhar

Explorer
To be fair, that didn't happen in Baldur's Gate - you would be shot full of arrows in a random encounter with bandit archers long before you got stuck.
 

gyor

Adventurer
Finally a good developer takes a shot at a modern dnd game. These guys know how to make a good RP videogame. Have a good sized staff to cover the workload and a real passion for dnd. Im looking forward to this one hopefully we hear a little more at E3.
By D&D video game standards it's not good sized staff, it's absolutely huge. Their writing staff alone (27 writers) is bigger then the entire staffs for most D&D video games. For example if Neverwinter Online is any example, assuming a writer staff equal to Star Trek Online, it would be a writing staff of one, one full time writer, with none writing staff doing some of the writing as well.

300 Devs, 200 internal and around 100 external. That ia massive, shockingly massive by D&D standards.

To compare this is the staff size of Baldur's Gate 1.

Lead Design:

James Ohlen

Design:

Rob Bartel, Ross Gardner, Scott Greig, Matt Horvath, Lukas Kristjanson, Raymond Muzyka, James Ohlen

Lead Programming:

Scott Greig

Programming:

Daniel Morris

Additional Programming:

Mark Brockington, Mark Darrah, David Falkner, Debbie Greig, Gautam Karnik, Stan K. Melax, James Ohlen, Justin Smith, Cameron Tofer, Don Yakielashek

Graphics / 3D Programming:

Gilles Beauparlant

Music / Sound Programming:

John Winski

AI Programming:

Mark Darrah

Libraries / Utilities:

Don Yakielashek

Producer:

Raymond Muzyka


Lukas Kristjanson did most of the writing until Throne of Bhaal.

The entire staff of Devs on BG1 & 2 is smaller then the writing staff alone of BG3. Just to put things in perspective. This is why we shouldn't set our expectations based on what previous D&D games did or could do or their limits. It's why I think its at least possible that every playable 5e race up to now and every class and subclass will be in.

And I wouldn't even be surprised if out there stuff like flying and mounts and Vechiles and playable Spelljammers and Infernal War Machines will be in.

Even spells like Magificant Mansion, Mighty Fortress and Temple of the Gods might be in.

With a staff that size it hard to guess what makes it in.
 
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Mercador

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I come from a background of almost exclusively console RPGs - Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Phantasy Star, etc. As a kid, I didn't have access to a PC powerful enough to run a game like Baldur's Gate.So I downloaded Divinity: Original Sin after reading glowing reviews. I literally could not find my way out of the first town. Everywhere I turned was a dead end, and I needed to find online walkthroughs to lead me through the confusing steps (that I would've never guessed on my own). [To be fair, I had similar issues with Torment: Tides of Numenera and Pillars of Eternity. Though I did okay with Shadowrun.]I guess I'm just not good at reading the minds of game programmers who can't be as flexible as real life Dungeon Masters. I really wish I could get into these games, though.
CRPG are more difficult than a JRPG (generally). I had some difficulties with the difficult start of D:OS1 myself (I was trying to min/maxing too much) but the second is way better start if you want to try it. Also, maybe those kind of games weren't for you, that's totally ok. As far as I liked CRPG back in the days, I don't have enough free time anymore to try a battle for 3-4 times.
 

Mercador

Explorer
By D&D video game standards it's not good sized staff, it's absolutely huge. Their writing staff alone (27 writers) is bigger then the entire staffs for most D&D video games. For example if Neverwinter Online is any example, assuming a writer staff equal to Star Trek Online, it would be a writing staff of one, one full time writer, with none writing staff doing some of the writing as well.

300 Devs, 200 internal and around 100 external. That ia massive, shockingly massive by D&D standards.
I don't think all the studios are working on ONE game though. There's a semi RTS with D:OS 2 characters coming later this year called Fallen Heroes. And obviously, they are probably working on a D:OS3 as well.

If BG3 is coming this year, it will be a D:OS2 DnD 5E skin in my opinion, unless they are working from the ground up for this game (that means it's been years in development without any leaks). Who knows :)
 

gyor

Adventurer
I don't think all the studios are working on ONE game though. There's a semi RTS with D:OS 2 characters coming later this year called Fallen Heroes. And obviously, they are probably working on a D:OS3 as well.

If BG3 is coming this year, it will be a D:OS2 DnD 5E skin in my opinion, unless they are working from the ground up for this game (that means it's been years in development without any leaks). Who knows :)
That not the size of Larian Studios, that is the size of the BG3 Staff according to Larian Studios.

It's been in development for 2 years now. The only leak was Brian Fargo who suggest BG was being made, but not by whom.

I think a thread compiling everything known from articles and interviews would be helpful for people.

There will some Larian Systems in the game in addition to the D&D 5e systems, like environmental interaction/story-telling.

I think DD: OS2 had a little over half the Devs that BG3 will have roughly. Like 170 roughly not including playtesters.
 
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Prakriti

Hi, I'm a Mindflayer, but don't let that worry you
CRPG are more difficult than a JRPG (generally). I had some difficulties with the difficult start of D:OS1 myself (I was trying to min/maxing too much) but the second is way better start if you want to try it. Also, maybe those kind of games weren't for you, that's totally ok. As far as I liked CRPG back in the days, I don't have enough free time anymore to try a battle for 3-4 times.
One's tastes change over time too. Case in point, I loved JRPGs, CRPGs, and MMORPGs growing up. I still think they're some of the best games I've ever played. But these days, I'd rather play something faster-paced, like an action, adventure, or platforming game. It's not necessarily because I have less time either. I just have less patience with the slower elements of RPG games (inventory management, travel time, getting lost, etc.).
 

Retreater

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One's tastes change over time too. Case in point, I loved JRPGs, CRPGs, and MMORPGs growing up. I still think they're some of the best games I've ever played. But these days, I'd rather play something faster-paced, like an action, adventure, or platforming game. It's not necessarily because I have less time either. I just have less patience with the slower elements of RPG games (inventory management, travel time, getting lost, etc.).
Yeah. I think a big factor for me is having limited free time to play. So by the time I'm able to play a "long session" and actually load the game, I've forgotten what I'm supposed to be doing. So more times than not, I just load up NHL or Mario.
 

Mercador

Explorer
One's tastes change over time too. Case in point, I loved JRPGs, CRPGs, and MMORPGs growing up. I still think they're some of the best games I've ever played. But these days, I'd rather play something faster-paced, like an action, adventure, or platforming game. It's not necessarily because I have less time either. I just have less patience with the slower elements of RPG games (inventory management, travel time, getting lost, etc.).
Same but I still have less free time to play. Actually, the more older I get, the more I like to talk about them than playing them. Old man yelling at the clouds I guess :)
 

CapnZapp

Adventurer
I see various speculation. What I don't understand is why it isn't obvious to more than me that of course every PHB option will be included.

There is no reason this game will follow the world of AD&D Baldur's Gate... It will be an updated 5E Baldur's Gate world.

Expect Warlocks and Dragonborn and what not as the new canon.
 

Mercador

Explorer
That not the size of Larian Studios, that is the size of the BG3 Staff according to Larian Studios.

It's been in development for 2 years now. The only leak was Brian Fargo who suggest BG was being made, but not by whom.

I think a thread compiling everything known from articles and interviews would be helpful for people.

There will some Larian Systems in the game in addition to the D&D 5e systems, like environmental interaction/story-telling.

I think DD: OS2 had a little over half the Devs that BG3 will have roughly. Like 170 roughly not including playtesters.
Thanks mate. Though, I wouldn't compare BG1/2 teams with current team size. Games are really different thing now. Even if it's a team twenty times bigger, the game won't be twenty times bigger alas ;) I don't know for Larian but for games like Call of Duty, half the budget goes to marketing alone.
 

gyor

Adventurer
I see various speculation. What I don't understand is why it isn't obvious to more than me that of course every PHB option will be included.

There is no reason this game will follow the world of AD&D Baldur's Gate... It will be an updated 5E Baldur's Gate world.

Expect Warlocks and Dragonborn and what not as the new canon.
I'm been saying the PHB and more will be in this game. And Warlocks have been canon since 3.5e and the current form of Dragonborn since 4e (3.5e had a very different sort of Dragonborn).

I see the PHB opinions outside of a few hard to implement spells will be in this game at minium, but I think almost everything Sub/race, Sub/Class, Background, FR Deities, Spells, Feats, race variants, will be in.
 
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gyor

Adventurer
https://forgottenrealms.fandom.com/wiki/Baldur's_Gate

Baldur's Gate changed a lot thanks to refugees during the Spellplague and possibly the Sundering. It gained 9 more districts in the Outer City, the Wyrm Crossing Bridge has buildings along the side of it, under the Upper City is Undercellar a huge underground feast hall (basically an unofficial district). The new districts include Little Calimshan and Twin Songs.

I'm curious if this game will have Romance options and Witcher Style Nudity/Sex scenes.

Normally I'd guess no, this is D&D, but there has been nudity in one D&D movie, and after seeing the body horror of the trailer, it appears they wish to make a
more adult D&D game. I hope it does.

Also wonder what Factions, if any will be in this game, if any.

Will it use Renown and if so how?

How far afield from Baldur's Gate will we be able to go?

Will we be able to fly Spelljammers?

Aside from Mindflayers and associated monsters, what enemies/monsters will be in the game.

How will rituals work in game? (Guess instead of taking an actual 10 minutes of actual world time, it will either just be a minute or even just have an out of combat requirement).

Will we be able to visit some what nearby Waterdeep and Undermountain?
 
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gyor

Adventurer
Areas I hope will be in the game, all 19 districts of Baldur's Gate, plus Undercellar. Beregost, Eltguard the nearby Paladin/Cleric nation, Najara the Scaly Folk nation, Warlock's Crypt, Cloak Wood, Troll Claws, Wood of Sharp Teeth, the Underdark, Shadowfell, Feywild, Nautaliod.
 

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