Baldur's Gate 3's Next Patch Will Require You To Start Over

The next patch for the early access title makes big story changes, so prepare for a re-roll.

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With Baldur's Gate III being in early access, it's no surprise that developer Larian Studios is going to be forced to make changes that might halt your progress through the RPG. That first fork in the road is approaching with the game's next patch, which will make your save game incompatible going forward.

In preparation for the patch, Larian Studios explained in a post on Steam that players will have to choose between updating and restarting or sticking with the version of the game they have now. Larian has made separate branches on Steam for those not ready yet for a re-roll, letting you skip Patch 3, which will introduce some big story changes.

"Each patch will come alongside a secondary branch which will allow you to continue playing the previous version with your existing save games, until you decide you're ready to play on the latest version," the post reads. "Maybe you'd like to wait for a few patches to pass, for example, before you re-roll. Totally up to you!"

Branches will be available on Steam, but not the Stadia version of the game. You'll be forced to restart on Google's streaming platform. If you want to avoid the new patch on Steam before it arrives, here's what you need to do:

  • Right click on the game in your Steam library
  • Select properties
  • Click the BETAS tab
  • In the list under "Select the beta you would like to opt in to", select patch2
  • Close the properties menu

You should also ensure that you disable automatic updates for Baldur's Gate III, so that the game isn't accidentally updated as soon as you log on. Larian does, however, state that saves are stored locally so you can always rollback your game and have your saves preserved.

The response to Baldur's Gate III has been incredibly positive since its early access launch, which only includes the game's first act. The studio is now hard at work incorporating all the player feedback it has received, while developing the rest of the game's content before the official release.

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Yep, I paid for early access. Played for a few hours and died of a bug. Didn’t really bother me, but it was about that time I realized that you can’t be playing a game as lethal as BG with bugs. If I can’t tell if I die of the game or a bug, then it’s just a headache until the game is finished.

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Buying a game that isnt done and still in development.... why would anyone do that.

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@tsunami2311: Breaking: Some people like different things than you.

To be fair, I couldn't do early access either, but more power to the people who do....their devotion and input means I'll be getting a better product when it is finally officially released.

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@tsunami2311: there was a day when i played games and had million ideas about how to improve but back then the base answer on all forums was "the game is finished, maybe for sequel things can.change" so if i was still like thar id definitely understand

but now i play maybe 1 or 3 games per year and want them to be at their best. the thing with those crappy eatly accesses is that you can never get the super first one playthrough. you muddle through tons of issues and once the game is complete you have already seen all the parts at some point

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@tsunami2311: The sensible answer is: so their feedback can influence the game's development, let the devs know what's fun and what's not, and help make the "final" release a more bug-free, well-balanced, entertaining, and successful thing out of the gate.

But in most cases it's what Atzenkiller said: they don't wanna wait and just wanna play BG3 now now now

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@tsunami2311: At least these early access people tell you the game is early access unlike EA or Ubisoft. Or Bethesda, but Bethesda probably doesn't count because they never really finish fixing their games.

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@tsunami2311: For the obvious reason that people have no patience and would rather play an unfinished game now than wait until it's fully released and/or patched up.

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This is why you don't buy games early. Wait until it's done.

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Ouch... No matter what changes they've made to the structure of the game, you'd think it would be possible to process existing save-game files and output something that's compatible with the latest build and preserves people's progress. I know BG3 is Early Access and you have to expect some shenanigans, but there's also the matter of respecting people's time spent in-game.

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start again?? come on man... its 2020, this is 1980s type of coding

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@djape_boss: One reason I am holding off getting the game, well actually there is another reason and that it is in Early Access. I do not buy too many games in Early Access as I see some of them stay in that mode for some years.

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