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Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year

A post on Bell of Lost Souls reveals plans to launch Baldur's Gate 3 into Early Access later this year (thanks Reddit). This was revealed during an investor presentation at the New York Toy Fair where Hasbro said this will be part of a spate of releases that will see the launch of at least one new D&D video game every year from now until 2025. Here's word:
Specifically there are 7 games in development: Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dark Alliance are the two that have already been announced, but according to Hasbro, we should be seeing at least one new D&D video game every year from now until 2025. And while there was no mention of the newly opened Archetype Entertainment, the WotC owned game studio working on its own sci-fi project, it was revealed that Baldur’s Gate 3 is scheduled for Early Access later this year, so players will be stepping into the world of mind flayers and Minsc a lot sooner than you might have thought.

As far as the other games, neither Hasbro nor WotC have made any reveals, but we can look at M:tG’s approach to get a clue for what their roadmap might be like. Points like “new categories for new audiences” shows that Hasbro is looking to scoop up as much of a newer crowd as they can. What kinds of games might introduce new players to D&D? Some sort of mobile game for sure, but beyond that it’s anyone’s guess.
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26. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 20:55 HorrorScope
 
Fion wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 14:04:
Do note that the EA for Original Sin 2 was just the first act. It was more about getting major bugs and balance changes in, improving the UI, and giving feedback. For those that haven't played (or finished) OS2, that's about 15% of the game. Of course it varies from player to player. Completionists will spend more time there of course.

So I'd expect something similar for BG3.

And to note the first release will be the PC only version and the Super Duper version will be the extended one about a year out. Not sure what the console plans are for this, but expect a definitive addition about a year out.
 
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25. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 17:36 Paragon of Virtue
 
Quinn wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 12:02:
Cutter wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 11:46:
I just want a goddamned MMO set in Teh Forgotten Realms. Wandering around all over Faerun would be the effing bomb.

Neverwinter?

It's a try, I suppose, but the gameplay isn't up to par with anything that would be a major success / ambitious enough.
 



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24. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 14:04  Fion 
 
Do note that the EA for Original Sin 2 was just the first act. It was more about getting major bugs and balance changes in, improving the UI, and giving feedback. For those that haven't played (or finished) OS2, that's about 15% of the game. Of course it varies from player to player. Completionists will spend more time there of course.

So I'd expect something similar for BG3.
 
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23. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 12:02 Quinn
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 23, 2020, 11:46:
I just want a goddamned MMO set in Teh Forgotten Realms. Wandering around all over Faerun would be the effing bomb.

Neverwinter?
 
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22. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 11:46  Cutter 
 
I just want a goddamned MMO set in Teh Forgotten Realms. Wandering around all over Faerun would be the effing bomb. If they did it - and did it well - it'd be a bigger cash cow than WoW ever was.

 
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21. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 11:28  El Pit 
 
MattyC wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 20:23:
according to Hasbro, we should be seeing at least one new D&D video game every year

What could possibly go wrong?

Call of D&D confirmed?

D:OS 1 & 2 are amazing games and this is why I hope and expect BG3 to be as good as those games. And both D:OS games had an early access phase which actually helped Larian to make some necessary changes to their games based on the feedback from the EA clients. You don't have to buy and play the EA versions, though - feel free to wait for the completed versions.
 



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20. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 11:27  El Pit 
 
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19. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 23, 2020, 10:01 Quinn
 
More excited for this than Cyberpunk. Forgotten Realms / Faerunn spoiled me. There's just no better fantasy setting imo.  
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18. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 22:40  Prez 
 
Unless you're planning on helping the devs out with beta testing and bug reports, ignore the Early Access build and just wait until the 1.0 release. Simple.  
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17. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 21:49 Pepe
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 20:24:
Slick wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 19:57:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 15:26:
Why would I do EA for a single played narrative game?

This.

Few of us on bluesnews are the target EA market for a game like this, but this is just the continued outsourcing of beta testing to the games community.

Did D:OS or D:OS2 have some sort of public beta or EA phase? I can't remember.

I usually avoid EA/beta for pretty much any game, let alone RPGs, but some people seem to love getting in early.

Seeing they were crowdfunded, I can see the use of EA to get the best possible game out there in cooperation with the backers.

This is not crowdfunded though but seeing it worked for them on the other games why not keep doing what works for your company.
 
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16. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 21:07 HorrorScope
 
Cram wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 13:19:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 13:14:
Early Access destroys a lot of my hope for this game...

I think DOS and DOS2 both had early access, I've heard they were alright...
We'll see, staying cautiously optimistic.

And they were at most 1/4 of the game.

 
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15. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 20:58 OpticNerve
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 20:24:
Slick wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 19:57:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 15:26:
Why would I do EA for a single played narrative game?

This.

Few of us on bluesnews are the target EA market for a game like this, but this is just the continued outsourcing of beta testing to the games community.

Did D:OS or D:OS2 have some sort of public beta or EA phase? I can't remember.

I usually avoid EA/beta for pretty much any game, let alone RPGs, but some people seem to love getting in early.

I don't remember if D:OS1 had one but D:OS2 did on Steam and it worked out pretty well. I do think that overall, the game benefited a lot from the EA community feedback and various things were changed and added to for the better due to it.

Normally Early Access titles (on Steam especially) are a hazard for scams or an incomplete mess of features that slowly get removed but Larian is one of the few studios that I would trust sight-unseen to deliver on their EA promises and to ultimately get their games out in a timely fashion.
 
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14. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 20:24 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Slick wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 19:57:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 15:26:
Why would I do EA for a single played narrative game?

This.

Few of us on bluesnews are the target EA market for a game like this, but this is just the continued outsourcing of beta testing to the games community.

Did D:OS or D:OS2 have some sort of public beta or EA phase? I can't remember.

I usually avoid EA/beta for pretty much any game, let alone RPGs, but some people seem to love getting in early.
 
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13. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 20:23 MattyC
 
according to Hasbro, we should be seeing at least one new D&D video game every year

What could possibly go wrong?
 
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12. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 19:57  Slick 
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 15:26:
Why would I do EA for a single played narrative game?

This.
 
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11. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 17:45 Slashman
 
I'm still not sure that Larian is the right choice for this. They don't do certain things well.

The old Bioware would have been my pick for this...but they are sadly nothing but a fond memory.
 
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10. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 17:24 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
Well, Larian is an established, experienced studio, but it sounds like Hasbro is trying to go the Games Workshop route of shotgunning out as many games as possible with their IP. Hopefully their quality level is high, and they pick the right studios.

Also, 5 days until whatever 'big reveal' they were going to do for BG3 at Pax, I assume it wasn't this Early Access investor speech?
 
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9. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 16:04 KilrathiAce
 
7 games in dev? time to trim that down.  
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8. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 16:01 eRe4s3r
 
PHJF wrote on Feb 22, 2020, 15:57:
I've tried twice to get into Original Sin 2 but the game is mind bogglingly, stupidly hard. As a veteran of the original game I figure I had a pretty good idea of how to handle combat and party builds, but almost every fucking battle was like hitting my head against a brick wall.

That's odd, I'd rank D:OS 2 much easier than D:OS 1 what exactly was that brick wall? You dying or enemies not dying?
 
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7. Re: Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access This Year Feb 22, 2020, 15:57  PHJF 
 
I've tried twice to get into Original Sin 2 but the game is mind bogglingly, stupidly hard. As a veteran of the original game I figure I had a pretty good idea of how to handle combat and party builds, but almost every fucking battle was like hitting my head against a brick wall.  
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