New Baldur's Gate 3 Multiplayer and Twitch Integration Details Revealed

Published: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 18:01 | By: Robert N. Adams
Developer
Larian Studios
Publisher
Larian Studios
Release Date
October 6, 2020
Genre
RPG
Multiplayer modes
Online, Online Features
Platforms
PC
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Stadia Crowd Choice Confirmed for Day 1

Baldur's Gate 3 multiplayer has been detailed in a new developer update along with expanded information on several other features in this upcoming CRPG.

If you haven't been keeping up with Baldur's Gate 3, the developers have been regularly updating their fans about new features that are coming to the game. Most recently, the devs hosted a massive stream called the Panel from Hell that showed us a good chunk of the game in action. Now, we've just gotten some more details about how multiplayer is going to work!

 
 

Check out the Developer Update detailed Baldur's Gate 3 multiplayer and other upcoming features!

More Baldur's Gate 3 Multiplayer Details

We've known for some time that there would be multiplayer in the next Baldur's Gate game. Four people can play together online or two people can play locally with split-screen. Now, Larian has told us some bits about how that will work

One example is conversations. As with many RPGs, entering into a dialogue will put you into a cinematic conversation scene. However, only you are on this screen — the other players in the game are free to roam around as they like. As the Steam Community news post mentions, the other players will be able to keep on playing the game — including messing with the player character having a conversation.

How does that work? Well, Larian has worked hard at making a traditional RPG with lots of room for player choice. That means that your chat could be interrupted by one of the other players picking your pocket. Perhaps they might start a fire in the background, or they could bring the conversation to a sudden end by outright murdering the NPC you're speaking with.

Of course, players will also be able to give you their input on your decisions. Should one of them stand next to you, they can tell you which options they would like you to pick.

Baldur's Gate 3 multiplayer slice

Baldur's Gate 3 Stadia Crowd Choice and Twitch Integration Further Explained

Speaking of making choices, we heard the first hints about Twitch integration and Stadia Crowd Choice a little while ago. Now, we know more about how it's going to work.

Baldur's Gate 3 Stadia Crowd Choice is going to be somewhat simple — people watching on YouTube will be able to select from the available dialogue options by inputting an associated number.

 

Twitch integration, however, is going to be a little more robust. It will offer up the same options for picking between dialogue choices, but people watching streams on Twitch will have a few more options available to them. They'll also be able to interact with the Twitch overlay to peek at the player's inventory, character sheet, skills, and spells.

Stadia Crowd Choice and Twitch integration will both be available on Day 1 of Early Access. Pre-orders aren't open just yet, but you'll soon be able to make your pre-order on baldursgate3.game for both PC via Steam and Google Stadia.

What do you think of Baldur's Gate 3 multiplayer? Do you predict disaster when you're playing with your friends? How do you think Stadia Crowd Choice and Twitch integration will play out in the real world? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!