This video from D&D Live
kicks off with the promised livestream of a full Baldur's Gate 3
gameplay presentation from Larian Studios' Swen Vincke. The segment devoted to
the RPG sequel runs a bit over 90 minutes, but it is followed by hours of
additional Dungeons & Dragons content if you want to completely geek out. Here's
Here’s some of the new changes and content shown in the stream:
- The narrator that will lead players through the game has changed to
present tense/second-person narration.
- Changes have been made to the initiative system. Previous gameplay
showed the side initiative, which has evolved over the past month.
Characters with similar individual initiative can now be grouped together
automatically, allowing players to try out combinations and align their
attacks in a group initiative system. Other characters and enemies will have
- Vincke showed the inspiration system for the first time. Inspiration
points allow the player to reroll one of their dice — a very valuable tool
for when the roll of the dice decides life and death. These points are
awarded to the player for finding special solutions during their
- Reactivity to the player character: Vincke played as a custom character
elf, showcasing how the world reacts to who you are and, more importantly,
which decisions you have made in the past.
Between the original announcement a year ago and what was shown today prior
to D&D Live 2020, Baldur’s Gate 3 is coming into shape, one which will continue
to evolve as Larian works directly with the community during its early access
campaign. The team is now fully focused on getting ready for the early access
release in (maybe!) August 2020. Larian will have more to announce about the
date, content and details of early access as August approaches.