Larian has finally shown off some Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay, via their panel at PAX East today, and as you might have already read in our preview, it is very impressive.
But, impressive as it may be, there are still plenty of questions for Larian to answer. It’s self-publishing the game, which is quite remarkable given its scope and reputation. It’s one of the first major games to be releasing simultaneously on Google Stadia and other platforms – at this point just PC – and there’s been an assumption amongst some that this would mean Google would have some kind of say in things, akin to a first-party relationship the likes of Sony and Microsoft have with some games on their own platforms.
And then there’s, you know, the actual game itself. Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin and Original Sin 2 garnered a reputation for brilliant turn-based action, but Baldur’s Gate is known for its real-time with pause system, so how will they bridge that gap? How will they manage the darker tone when Divinity has been as much a comedy, in recent years, as a heavier fantasy drama? And will there be a Dungeon Master mode, what with Baldur’s Gate being driven by the rules of Dungeons and Dragons itself?