Larian Studios have today presented new gameplay footage of Baldur’s Gate 3. Just ahead of the D&D Live event, Game Director Swen Vincke presented the results of months of iteration and fresh gameplay, showing off some of the improvements and content additions that the team have been working on since the last gameplay presentation at PAX East 2020.
During the presentation, the stream viewers could decide which path to take – venture into the underdark or kill the hobgoblin Dror Ragzlin.
Between the original announcement a year ago, and what was shown today prior to D&D Live, Baldur’s Gate 3 is starting to take shape, and that shape will continue to evolve as Larian works directly with the community during its Early Access campaign. Some of the iterations Game Director Swen Vincke presented during the stream were the direct result of community feedback.
Baldur’s Gate 3 One Hour of Gameplay Footage
Here are some of the changes and new content shown in the Baldur’s Gate 3 gameplay stream:
- The narrator that will lead players through the game has changed to present tense/second person narration.
- Changes to the initiative system. Previous gameplay showed the side initiative, which has evolved over the past month. You can group together characters with similar individual initiative automatically, allowing the player to try out combinations and align their attack in a group initiative system. Other characters and enemies will have individual initiative
- Vincke showed the inspiration system for the first time. Inspiration points will allow the player to reroll one of their dice. This is a very valuable asset as the roll of the dice decides over life and death. Players receive these points as a reward for finding special solutions during the playthrough.
- Reactivity to the player character: During the gameplay, Vincke played as a custom character elf, which showcased how the world reacts to who you are and – more importantly – which decision you have made in the past.
Back in February, Hasbro hinted at the game coming to Early Access in 2020. And today, Larian Studios stated that it aims to launch game’s Early Access phase in August 2020.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more!