A Trip to Faerun coming?
RPG fans everywhere rejoice! Larian Studios, developers of the award-winning Divinity: Original Sin series appear to be developing the long-awaited Baldur's Gate 3.
The news stems from the teaser image currently on the Larian Studios website. The image itself is simply a stylistic "III", which by itself would normally imply that a sequel to 2017's much-lauded Divinity: Original Sin II is in the works. However, Twitter user @kunkken dug a bit through the webpage's code to uncover that it is actually for Baldur's Gate 3.
Basically, the video file used for the teaser contains text referring Baldur's Gate 3, as well as copyright disclaimers for Wizards of the Coast, who of course own the IP related to the franchise. TechRaptor was able to verify this as well.
The news that Larian Studios would take on the Baldur's Gate series may seem surprising. Although the studio known for the excellent Divinity RPGs is certainly a good fit for the franchise, the recent announcement of Divinity: Fallen Heroes left many to think that their next RPG project was still a ways away, even with Logic Artists working on the Tactical RPG. Baldur's Gate 3, meanwhile, has been in development limbo for over a decade now.
After announcing Baldur's Gate III: The Black Hound back in 2002, Interplay quietly took said hound behind the shed and never spoke of it again. Eventually, Beamdog, who developed 2012's Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, hinted to working on the series' third title but they also went quiet about it especially after Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear, an interquel expansion Beamdog developed. Now it seems to be in Larian Studios' hands.
Those are some pretty capable hands too. Larian has developed its own Divinity RPG series since 2002, with the more recent Divinity: Original Sin and Divinity: Original Sin II receiving particularly high praise for their immersive worlds, deep tactical combat, and excellent writing. The series itself takes many cues from Baldur's Gate and Dungeons & Dragons as a whole, with Original Sin II even including a Game Master mode for players to create and run their own adventures similar to a tabletop RPG.
More information about Baldur's Gate 3 is likely on the horizon, so stay tuned to TechRaptor for future coverage.
Of course, it's always possible Larian put the 'hints' there to toss people off of Divinity: Original Sin 3, as while the studio doesn't have a history of activities like that, they do have a history of enjoying at least writing about pranks in their Divinity series.
What do you think of Larian Studios taking over the series? Does this decades-old franchise still have another success in it? Let us know what you think in the comments below!