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The developer had previously set a tentative release for the Early Access version of August.
The news was shared during a live stream on Tuesday (which can be viewed in full via the embed below), in which it revealed the first details of what players will be able to experience next month.
Players begin their journey in Avernus, the first layer of the Nine Hells. Captive aboard a nautiloid, they will take part in an escape as the ship jumps between planes of existence, and is “caught up in the fury of the eternal, apocalyptic Blood War that rages across the hellscape.”
Early Access includes five origin Characters: Astarion (Elf/Vampire Rogue), Gale (Human Wizard), Lae’zel (Githyanki Warrior), Shadowheart (Half-Elf Cleric) and Wyll (Human Warlock).
Creative director Swen Vincke also showcased the scope of Early Access and compared the size of Baldur’s Gate 3’s first act to Larian’s previous release, Divinity: Original Sin 2:
- Number of combat situations: 22 in DOS2 EA vs 80 in BG3 EA
- Number of dialogue lines in English: 17.600 in DOS2 EA vs. 45.980 in BG3 EA
- Number of characters: 142 in DOS2 EA vs. 596 in BG3 EA
- Number of spells/actions: 69 in DOS2 EA vs. 146 in BG3 EA
Developed in collaboration with the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast, Baldur’s Gate 3 is “based off current D&D mechanics and spells,” according to the game’s official announcement.
Playable single-player or multiplayer, the RPG promises to offer “a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters and memorable combat” as players battle to save Baldur’s Gate the Forgotten Realms from a malevolent presence.