Baldur’s Gate 3 has been officially announced.
The game, which is being developed by Divinity: Original Sin developers Larian Studios, was announced today as one of the games that will be available to play through Google Stadia, which will launch in 14 countries in November. Larian Studios unveiled a teaser trailer to announce the game, which on first glance appeared to show me emerging from my bed on a Sunday morning, but in actual fact it shows the “return of a malevolent presence to Baldur’s Gate, intent on devouring it from the inside out, corrupting everything that remains in the Forgotten Realms.”
According to a press release, the game will be “based off current D&D mechanics and spells and is the official new chapter in the legendary series”. Speaking on the game, Larian Studios Creative Director Swen Vincke said:
“Baldur’s Gate means so much to so many people. It’s a great responsibility 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. We’re working very closely with Wizards to bring an unprecedented level of immersion to the realm of Faerun and I can’t wait to show the world what our team cooked up.”
Baldur’s Gate 3 will be the first main entry in the series since Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn in 2000. Originally created and developed by BioWare, the two previous games in the series were remade as Enhanced Editions by Overhaul Games in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Console players will possibly be more familiar with the console spin-off titles, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II, which released for PS2 and Xbox in 2001 and 2004.
While the console spin-offs didn’t quite receive the critical acclaim of the main entries, every game in the series has received a positive reception, so there will be plenty of people who are very excited at this news. A third entry in the series titled Baldur’s Gate III: The Black Hound was in development as far back as 2002, but it was eventually cancelled alongside Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance III following the closure of Black Isle Studios in 2003.
Although no official release date was announced for Baldur’s Gate 3, the game—which is also being developed for PC—should release in time for the launch of Stadia in November.