Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Release Date Delayed By A Week

Larian says it's pushing Baldur's Gate III's Early Access launch back slightly to "triple check stability and localization."

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Baldur's Gate III has gotten a very slight delay, developer Larian Studios has announced. The game was originally slated to launch in Early Access on September 30, but it has been pushed back by one week. It will now launch in Early Access on Steam, GOG, and Stadia on October 6.

In a message shared on Twitter, Larian says the delay is out of caution to give the studio more time to "triple check stability" and "triple check localization." The full message reads as follows:

"It's the year 2020! We're launching an active development build, which means that things can go right, or they can go wrong each time we compile a new one. Live development is different to 'going gold' in that you never really have a 'gold version.'

"Our guiding principle for early access is that it's fine for there to be smaller bugs or a few things that are lacking polish, but it needs to offer a fun gameplay experience with as few crashes as possible.

"We're nearly there but we had a few unexpected delays, and we still have some stability issues we're sifting through. Because of the days, our translations are also later than expected and we want to ensure localization for the announced Early Access languages is strong enough for our international fans to have a good time.

"Thankfully, a week's delay (to October 6th) is all we can expected to need to triple check stability, and triple check localization.

"We say 'expect' because the game still has to pass the 'World Tester.' The World Tester is a sort of AI super-gamer that plays through the game at incredible speed, stress testing everything and pushing it to its limits. This super-gamer is currently playing through, and the results are looking good but not perfect yet. We know that if the super-gamer doesn't break the game, there's less chance you will. Not that we have any illusions you won't try!

"As a result of all the testing that's been going on, we do now have our PC minimum requirements for day 1, and you can check those on the store pages. Early access is going to launch on October 6th on Stadia, Steam, and GOG. It is. It really is."

Larian had previously said that Baldur Gate III's Early Access content would be bigger than Divinity: Original Sin II's, with more combat scenarios, characters, lines of dialogue, and spells. Last month, the studio revealed the game's PC requirements via its Steam page; you can see those below.

Baldur's Gate 3 minimum PC requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 / AMD RX 4350
  • RAM: 8GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • DirectX: 11
  • Storage: 70GB
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)

Baldur's Gate 3 recommended PC requirements

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4700K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) / AMD Radeon RX 580
  • DirectX: 11
  • Storage: 70GB
  • OS: Windows 10 (64-bit)
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I really wanted a Baldur's Gate game, not a 'Divinity: Original Sin' game.

Just started up a new quest in 'Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition' though, so I'll relive the glory through the oldies!

- "You must gather your party before venturing forth"

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@al89lan: Ahh, yes! The glory days of trash combat, scrolling through 200 lines of the combat log to figure out what the f*ck happened in the first 3 seconds of a fight because of the terribly limited visual and audio feedback, buggy and tedious trap detection, hundreds of boring filler fights to make the game longer, limited role-playing mechanics, encouragement of save scumming since the games are literally unbeatable on a first/blind run without it, numerous game breaking exploits and one dimensional cardboard cutout characters! What a time that was!

Seriously though, I played all of the Infinity engine games, and just recently started a playthrough of the whole Baldur's Gate saga. Managed to get through BG1 and SoD, but then said "f*ck it, I'm not doing this to myself anymore" and ended it in the drow city in BG2. Those are 6/10 games at best by now - fun at times, especially to relive some nostalgia, but needlessly tedious and frustrating at most others.

Meanwhile, Divinity OS II could easily be in the discussion for the best RPG of all time. If we'd get only a fraction of the quality in terms of gameplay, writing, role-playing elements, freedom and possibilities in BG3 I'd be happy. But considering they said they're going way above even Divinity OS II, this is a dream come true for any RPG fan that's not completely blinded by nostalgia.

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@Berserk8989: Ya, I agree with a ton of what you've said there. Especially trying to find traps. It's awful! But, I have to say, I'm 18 hours in to Icewind Dale again, and I'm having a blast. I love how ruthless it is, you need to micromanage your army in every fight so delicately to survive.

Maybe I gotta try Divinity 2 again.

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@Berserk8989:Thank you so much for putting into words my exact same feelings.

It's becoming a bit unsightly how those old-timers drool over games that can only be enjoyed nowadays if you're wearing heavily rose-tinted glasses.

I managed to play all of five minutes of the first Baldur's Gate before i threw in the towel because i couldn't distinguish my blob of a character from his surroundings.

And that was the Enhanced Edition. I think i'll stick to games that were released post 2010 from now on.

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@pegasuskoga: With all respect, if you've only played five minutes of Baldur's Gate, you aren't really in a position to claim that.

The graphics weren't a hinderance for me. The only thing that has to do with graphics in my list above, was the "terribly limited audio and visual feedback" thing and I actually liked that your character looks no different in the beginning (or even the first whole game, lol). It reinforces the feeling that you're nothing special.

It's the archaic gameplay elements, needless tedium and artificial game-time lengthening with a gazillion filler encounters that make it almost a chore to play, especially later on in BGII.

There's still many good games to play Pre-2010 if you give them a fair chance (not 5 minutes). It's just that the BG series isn't really one of the best of them.

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