Baldur’s Gate 3 launched on Steam Early Access in September 2020, but it still features only the game’s first act, and many fans are waiting for the full-fledged version 1.0 before actually diving into this highly anticipated role-playing title.
Everyone hopes to have the complete version of Baldur’s Gate 3 before the end of this year. I spoke recently to DestructoidHowever, Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian, revealed that there is still a lot of work to be done before that happens.
So we still have a lot of work to do. But we know what we’re making and when we’ll be … we’ll know when we’re at the end, so it’s visible. It’s just still a lot of work.
Larian recently added the Druid class to the Early Access build of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Vincke explained why it was chosen over other classes.
It was one of the hardest lessons to get right. So we wanted to put it in there to force ourselves to go through the whole process of that lesson, and at the same time see what people were going to do with it, because we’re going to go pretty far with what you can do with Wild Vorm. We’re not necessarily going to put the classes that are easiest to make into Early Access first, we’re also going to post the ones that are of interest to us to see what the community is doing with them.
You could argue that it would be a lot easier to just throw everything into Early Access, and then just work with all that feedback and then release it at the end of the exercise. And at the same time, you can say, if I do, and I haven’t handled everything and players just happen to have a bad experience there, that’s their whole impression of the game: that it was a bad experience.
Swen Vincke also discussed how the new analysis tools Larian built after the release of Divinity: Original Sin 2 really help the studio analyze player patterns.
I call it a very modern way of doing game development because you finally have the data processing to do this kind of thing. And it is, it improves it, literally, I mean, there’s nothing you can do about it. It makes the games better. They just need time, they need to cook.
Baldur’s Gate 3 will eventually land on consoles as well, although there is no timetable for that.
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