Update: Larian Studios has now posted a message on the Baldur's Gate 3 Reddit page. Unlike its previous statement it does say that there is an Xbox version of the game in the works, but there have been some "technical issues" with its development. Here is the statement:
Thanks for all the hype and enthusiasm following yesterday’s announcement that Baldur’s Gate 3 is coming to PS5 day and date with PC on August 31st!
Xbox players, we’ve seen your questions about if/when you can expect Baldur’s Gate 3 on Xbox. We’ve had an Xbox version of Baldur’s Gate 3 in the works for some time, but we have run into some technical issues – particularly with split-screen co-op. We are still working on an Xbox version of BG3, but we’re not yet confident enough to announce it. We don’t like announcing anything until we’re ready, because we don’t want to get peoples hopes up until we’re sure we can deliver.
There’s no platform exclusivity preventing us from releasing BG3 on Xbox day and date, should that be a technical possibility. If and when we do announce further platforms, we want to make sure each version lives up to our standards & expectations. Thanks for understanding!
Originally published article continues below:
On Thursday, during Sony's latest PlayStation State of Play online event, it was announced that Baldur's Gate 3 is coming to the PlayStation 5 console on August 31, alongside the release of the PC version of the D&D fantasy RPG sequel. However, there was no word from the games' developer, Larian Studios, about an Xbox version of the game.
As it turns out, Xbox console players may have to wait a while before Baldur's Gate 3 is released for that platform. Eurogamer received a statement from a Larian spokesperson:
Right now we're planning to release Baldur's Gate 3 for PC, Mac, GeForce Now and PS5, That said, we have no exclusivity and will announce support for additional platforms if and when we're ready.
While the developer says there's no platform exclusivity agreement for the game, it didn't offer any more details as to why Microsoft's Xbox platform won't get Baldur's Gate 3 on August 31.
The game, which is the sequel to BioWare's first two titles in the series, was first revealed in 2019. Ironically, it was announced during Google's Stadia reveal event as one of the cloud gaming service's major additions.
In 2020, an early access version of the game launched on Steam for Windows and macOS, and also for Stadia. Google has since shut Stadia down, so it's likely that Larian picked NVIDIA's GeForce Now as the game's new streaming home.