Larian Studios' newest project, Baldur's Gate 3, will be entering early access on Steam and Google Stadia on September 30 if everything goes to plan, giving players entry into a significant chunk of the sprawling RPG. The announcement arrived during the Panel From Hell livestream today, which can be seen above in its entirety.
Larian said that players will start their Baldur's Gate III journey in the first layer of the Nine Hells, Avernus, with Faerun and Underdark also appearing further in. 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 vs. 80 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
- Number of English Dialogue Lines: 17,600 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access vs. 45,980 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
- Number of Characters: 142 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access vs. 596 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
- Number of Spells / Actions: 69 in Divinity: Original Sin II Early Access vs. 146 in Baldur’s Gate III Early Access
There will be five Origin characters available at first: "Astarion (Elf / Vampire Rogue), Gale (Human Wizard), Lae’zel (Githyanki Warrior), Shadowheart (Half-Elf Cleric), and Wyll (Human Warlock)", with more being introduced during the early access period.
The Steam store page was also updated today, offering the first official minimum and recommended system requirements for the early access launch. The developer added that the specifications could be lowered as the title goes through more optimizations.
Larian is looking to gather feedback on Baldur's Gate III's direction, features, and more from the community during early access, a state it plans to keep the game in for at least a year as Acts 2 and 3 are developed. Further, the studio stressed that the early access launch should be avoided by anyone looking for a polished experience.