Baldur's Gate 3 Will Focus on the Group, Not the Individual

Published: March 13, 2020 12:35 PM /


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Recently, there was an AMA on Reddit for Baldur's Gate 3, and a compiled thread on /r/baldursgate shows how diligent the Larian Studios team was in answering fan questions.

To start, players cannot create custom vampire characters, and players will be able to have more diversity in creating their characters then every other game that Larian Studios has created up to this point, despite there being no sliders. Players will also be able to select a "face type, hairdo, facial hair, skin colour", as well as a race and a class. Also, if a player wants to play a custom character, they'll still get full voice acting, which is really cool. Additionally, custom characters will have a much stronger tie to the main story then Divinity: Original Sin 2 had, Larian said when answering concerns some players had about feeling like they missed content by playing a custom character over an origin in Divinity.

A cool tidbit was that players will be able to hear spell words while casting in-game, with one developer noting that "we've been recording a lot of Latin recently." This wasn't included in the demo because it wasn't finished in time for the public presentation. 

There will also be a level cap of only 10, with players leveling through 1 to 10 during the course of the campaign. While many CRPGs have gone with a larger scale of levels, this fits in with the series tradition quite well. Baldur's Gate 1 had a level cap between 8 and 10 depending on your class due to how Dungeons and Dragons 2e worked.

However, probably the most interesting question was about team initiative, with one Reddit user asking if Baldur's Gate 3 "greatly favors whoever goes first" during combat. The answer to this was illuminating and very long, but the gist of it is that the game is focusing on the party itself over individual characters, so parties of characters will compare their initiative to another group of characters. This was chosen because they want the entire party to "benefit from each member's personal excellent in some area." It is noted that the feature was still being worked on, and that they are experimenting with it now and during Steam's Early Access.

What do you think of this news? Are you going to be buying Baldur's Gate 3? Are you going to play it during Steam's Early Access? Let us know in the comments!


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