Larian Studios offers new details about romance and companionship mechanics in
Baldur's Gate 3
as the good news to go along with the bad news that Early
Access to the RPG sequel is being delayed by a week. This means players' first
chance to return through the gates of the game will now be October 6th.
Community Update #7 - Romance & Companionship
covers these topics and offers
. Word is: "As Baldur’s Gate 3 approaches its early access launch
date of October 6, Larian Studios has revealed in a new video how party dynamics
work in the upcoming RPG. Baldur’s Gate 3 is a game with a world that reacts to
your choices. The decisions you make in dialogue, and also in combat or
exploring the world, have consequences in both the long and short-term, shaping
your unique story." They also now offer the game's system requirements on its
various store pages. They are calling for minimum of an Intel i5-4690 or AMD FX
4350 CPU and an NVIDIA GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 280X graphics card. But their
recommended specs include an Intel i7 4770k or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X paired with an
NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB or AMD RX580.
explains the short delay:
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 game
play 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 delays, 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 can
have a good time.
Thankfully, a week's delay (to October 6th) is all we expect 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 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 supergamer 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 know have our PC
minimum requirements for day one, 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.
With love from Larian.