Baldur’s Gate 3 trailer reveals Larian’s bleak vision of the Forgotten Realms

By Jeremy Peel, Thursday, 6 June 2019 17:17 GMT

Larian Studios has revealed its rumoured Baldur’s Gate 3, the first mainline entry in the series since Bioware left it in 2001.

The game will feature current D&D mechanics and spells, and offer “unparalleled” player freedom, continuing the Baldur’s Gate tradition for major decision-making and unique companions. That’s certainly the word for Minsc: unique.

Baldur’s Gate 3 will be playable in solo or co-op, and its teaser trailer shows a malevolent presence returning to the titular city, threatening to spill out into the Forgotten Realms.

“It’s a great responsibility,” Larian creative director Swen Vincke says, “but I think we’re ready for it. We’re all about creating reactive, systemic worlds that respect player agency and having a chance to apply our team’s skillset in a universe as rich as Dungeons & Dragons is a lot of fun.”

In an introductory video during Google Stadia’s pre-E3 conference, Vincke said he’d pursued Wizards of the Coast to make a new Baldur’s Gate for many years – but was only successful after the success of Divinity: Original Sin.

Vincke promised “very, very high” production values for the RPG: “It’s shaping up to be a beautiful game.” And since it’ll appear on Google Stadia, it should run on the crummiest laptop thanks to streaming.

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