The Early Access version of Baldur’s Gate III allows players to experience about 25 hours of content from Larian’s long-awaited role-playing game set in the D&D universe
Baldur’s Gate 3 is now available on Early Access for PC, Mac, and Google Stadia.
The Early Access build of the game begins with players waking up aboard a burning Nautiloid ship in hell with parasite implanted in their brains as red dragons and Mind Flayers clash around them. Consisting of the game’s first act, it offers roughly 25-hours of content featuring an impressive 46,000 lines of dialogue, 600 NPCs, and 146 spells and more.
It also allows players to toy with its robust character creation system, with 16 playable races to choose from and 6 different classes, each offering their own subclasses.
Developer Larian Studios will be taking community feedback seriously over the course of the game’s development. “RPGs this large, with so many permutations, thrive from feedback as new features and fixes are incrementally added to the game,” the developer said in a press release distributed today. “Early access gives players a chance to participate in development and gives the team an opportunity to explore different game ideas with a live community.”
To celebrate today’s announcement, Larian Studios has released a trailer offering a look at what awaits in this highly anticipated follow-up 2000’s Baldur’s Gate 2. Check it out below:
You can find a list of the game’s key features below courtesy of the developer:
- Online multiplayer for up to four players allows adventurers to join forces in combat and split their party to follow their own quests and agendas. Concoct the perfect plan together… or introduce an element of chaos when your friends least expect it!
- 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 as or what you roll, the world and its inhabitants will react to your story.
- Player-initiated turn-based mode allows players to pause the world around them at any time, even outside of combat, letting you set up a tactical advantage before combat begins, pull off a heist with pin-point precision, escape a fiendish trap and more. Split your party, prepare ambushes, sneak in the darkness — and create your own luck!
Baldur’s Gate 3 is now available on Steam Early Access for $59.99. Do you plan on getting an early taste of Larian’s latest adventure? Sound off in the comments and let us know.