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Baldur’s Gate 3: This is how much time you’ll need to beat Early Access

It’s happening! A new Early Access release date was announced for Baldur’s Gate 3, after the August release was postponed.

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Image: Larian Studios

Larian announced during a live stream on Tuesday 18 August 2020 that Baldur’s Gate 3 will get an Early Access release sooner than we expected. Here’s what you need to know.

Baldur’s Gate 3: Updates

1 October 2020: Early Access duration

As reported by Screen Rant, Larian Studio’s early access for Baldur’s Gate 3 will have nearly three times as much content as Divinity: Original Sin 2‘s early access, if all goes according to plan.

“Baldur Gate 3’s early access is promising to be even bigger than the one Larian Studios did for their other game, ‘Divinity: Original Sin 2′”.

Caitlin Grieve

Larian Studios explained that players should expect a single playthrough of approximately 20 hours. By then, you would have only reached level four. It would be practically impossible to see all the content in one play-through.

Furthermore, there will be six classes and nine races in addition to the five companions. That equals nearly 46 000 lines of dialogue from more than 600 characters, ensuring for a vast world indeed.

 According to Larian Studios, players “shouldn’t think of the game as bigger than Divinity: Original Sin 2” but rather denser. Are you excited yet?

17 September 2020: Twitch and Stadia interactivity

Update 17 September 2020: It was confirmed in the latest Community Update video from Larian Studio that Baldur’s Gate 3 will include Stadia and Twitch interactivity, starting 30 September.

Larian will be combining “a cinematic, player-driven narrative through early access, with multiplayer interactions both within and outside of the game session”.

“You’re telling your story, and we’re shooting it for you. We’re taking that camera down from being above the players and down into the drama, right into the action. I can’t think of another early access game that’s done cinematics on this level. There’s a lot of games where the moment you add cinematics, they have to get smaller. We didn’t want to do that”.

Jason Latino, Larian Studio’s Cinematic Director

Early Access release

It’s all happening on 30 September, according to Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke. That said, the release date depends on how well the dev team does at optimising the game ahead of its release.

The team initially wanted Baldur’s Gate 3 to go into early access during August, but that didn’t come to pass, unfortunately. Reasons given included complications due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s more, Early Access will include approximately 20 hours of content. Larian also revealed Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay, as well as the third cinematic intro during its Path From Hell live stream.

‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ Gameplay

Players will be able to create their own characters; characters can be upgraded up to level four. Alternatively, you’d also be able to access five playable Origin characters:

  • Astarion (Elf/Vampire Rogue)
  • Gale (Human Wizard)
  • Lae’zel (Githyanki Warrior)
  • Shadowheart (Half-Elf Cleric)
  • Wyll (Human Warlock)

Watch: ‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ gameplay

The upcoming game will include 80 combat encounters, nearly 46 000 lines of voiced dialogue, 596 intractable characters, 146 spells and abilities, and 4-player co-op online and over LAN.

Baldur’s Gate 3′ plot and storyline

You start in the first layer of the Nine Hells (Avernus) with Faerun and Underdark. According to NeoWin, the “content available in Act 1 of the game will be a much larger and deeper than what was seen in Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin II Act 1 early access launch”.

  • Number of Combat Encounters: 22 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access versus 80 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
  • Number of English Dialogue Lines: 17 600 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access versus 45 980 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
  • Number of Characters: 142 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access versus 596 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
  • Number of Spells / Actions: 69 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access versus 146 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access

System requirements and availability

The bare minimum you’ll need to play Baldur’s Gate 3 is an 8GB of RAM and an Intel i5 processor, or an AMD FX 4350. An Nvidia GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 280X will do, but just barely.

However, it’s recommended to play with an Intel i7 or Ryzen 5 1500x (or newer). While 8GB RAM is decent enough, 16GB will get the job done nicely. Recommended graphics card: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or AMD RX580.

As for the operating system, Windows 10 (64-bit) is recommended, and you’ll need 70 GB of space available. Baldur’s Gate 3 will be available on Steam and Stadia. You’ll note that Steam doesn’t mention a price; no price point has been set as yet.