Baldur's Gate 3 Info Drop – New CGI Intro Trailer and Gameplay Screens, Early Access This Year
The Baldur’s Gate 3 opening cinematic confirms what I learned playing D&D – mind flayers suck.
On the bright side, Baldur’s Gate 3 – a game I never realistically expected to even happen – looks like it WON’T suck…but given that it’s being developed by the minds behind the Divinity: Original Sin series I was already pretty confident that’d be the case.
Based on the D&D 5E ruleset and using the new Divinity 4.0 engine, this is in all likelihood going to be a must-play for RPG fans.
The game is expected to hit early access later this year, so expect to hear a whole lot more about it very soon. With support for up to four players and the ability to split your party and approach problems from different angles, I expect the combat here to be every bit as deep as that in the Divinity: Original Sin franchise.
Here’s the press release:
First Baldur’s Gate 3 Gameplay Screens & Details Revealed Alongside New CGI Intro
Larian Studios to bring the next entry in the Baldur’s Gate series to early access later this year
DUBLIN — Feb. 27, 2020 — Larian Studios has been on the road alongside Wizards of the Coast showing off Baldur’s Gate 3 for the very first time, and now the team is ready to reveal this next-generation turn-based RPG to the world with the release of the game’s CGI intro and first gameplay screenshots.
Forged with the new Divinity 4.0 engine and coming to early access later this year, Baldur’s Gate 3 gives you unprecedented freedom to explore, experiment, and interact with a world that truly reacts to your choices. A grand, cinematic narrative brings you closer to your characters than ever before as you venture through the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons in Larian’s biggest adventure yet.
Gather your party for a tale of fellowship and betrayal, sacrifice and survival, and the lure of absolute power. Abducted, infected, lost… You are turning into a monster, drawn from a Mind Flayer parasite planted in your brain, but as the corruption inside you grows, so too does your power. That power may help you to survive, but there will be a price to pay. More than any ability, the bonds of trust that you build within your party could be your greatest strength. Caught in a conflict between devils, deities, and sinister otherworldly forces, you will determine the fate of the Forgotten Realms together. Resist and turn darkness against itself — or embrace corruption and become the ultimate evil.
Choose from a wide selection of D&D races and classes, or play as an origin character with a hand-crafted background. Play alone, selecting your companions carefully, or as a party of up to four in online multiplayer.
No two adventures will ever be the same. The Forgotten Realms are a vast, detailed and diverse world, and there are secrets to be discovered all around you — even verticality is a vital part of exploration. Adventure, loot, battle, romance… how you survive, and the mark you leave on the world, is up to you.
- Online multiplayer for up to four players allows you to combine your forces in combat and split your party to follow your own quests and agendas. Devise the perfect plan together… or introduce an element of chaos when your friends least expect it.
- Origin characters offer a hand-crafted experience, each with their own unique traits, agenda, and outlook on the world. Their stories intersect with the wider narrative, and your choices will determine whether those stories end in redemption, salvation, domination or other outcomes.
- Evolved turn-based combat based on the D&D 5E ruleset. Team-based initiative, advantage and disadvantage, and roll modifiers join combat cameras, expanded environmental interactions, and a new fluidity in combat that rewards strategy and foresight.
- Define the future of the Forgotten Realms through your choices and the roll of the dice. No matter who you play or what you roll, the world and its inhabitants will react to your story.
- Player-initiated turn-based mode allows you to pause the world around you at any time even outside of combat. See an opportunity for a tactical advantage before combat begins? Want to pull off a heist with pin-point precision? Need to escape a fiendish trap? Split your party, prepare ambushes, sneak in the darkness — and create your own luck!