Larian Studios, creators of the Divinity RPG series, announced Baldur’s Gate 3; A long-awaited sequel based on the Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms universe.
Revealed at PAX East 2020, the Balsur’s Gate 3 goes into a “next-generation turn-based RPG” with an open-world setting players can explore with “unprecedented freedom.”
The sequel was actually teased last month, in a short trailer showing off the logo and actors providing motion-capture performances.
Its first official trailer showed a five-minute opening cinematic which throws players back into the Dungeons and Dragons world with a literal roar.
In true Dungeons & Dragons fashion, the studio’s press release states players can also assemble a team to navigate through the Forgotten Realms together and use their abilities to fight “devils, deities and sinister otherworldly forces.”
Across the game, players are faced with story choices and a dialogue tree, as their character becomes possessed by a Mind Flayer bug and goes in search of a cure.
At the start, players can customize their adventurer in “15 D&D races & subraces and 8 classes with more to be announced.”
Baldur’s Gate 3 will have four-player online co-op for an optional experience from the single player mode. Players can even bring a buddy with two player split-screen co-op.
Having extra players along also helps in exploring “hundreds of locations” with over 100 hours of story and extra quests.
It’s also a rare major installment for the Baldur’s Gate series since the first PC game was released in 1998 by Bioware. The original game saw an expansion release a year later before Baldur’s Gate II came out.
After its Dark Alliance spin-offs were produced until 2004, the series took a long break until 2012.
This is when the first two Baldur’s Gate games were remastered for current-generation systems in 2012 and 2013 by Overhaul Games.
Siege of Dragonspear was later made in 2016 as an expansion for the first remastered game.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has no set release date yet and is coming on PC and Google Stadia (until further announcement).
You can check out early gameplay shared by IGN below and see some in-game screenshots.