One of the final items in the PC Gaming Show 2019 conference was Baldur's Gate 3. Swen Vinicke talked about how Larian managed to secure the license for this Dungeons & Dragons game from Wizards of the Coast alongside Mike Mearls who leads Wizards of the Coast 5e development.
Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition will be the ruleset for this particular game. The developers ported as much of the ruleset that they could to a video game environment and made some minor compromises necessary where they couldn't get things to work. The first two Baldur's Gate games ran on the second edition of Dungeon & Dragons, which has a great many differences to the latest edition.
Day asked for a "crazy example" where the D&D rules come into play. If a fight were to start, the player could grab a chair in the environment, set it on fire, and smash it over their enemy's head.
More than 100 years have passed since the events that were first shown in Baldur's Gate 2. Larian and Wizards of the Coast made a point of highlighting the massive story potential that's provided with Dungeons & Dragons; they sat down and looked over the entire world of Baldur's Gate, figuring out how to make the best game possible with this third game in the Baldur's Gate franchise.
After that was done, they referred to a recently announced interquel tabletop title set between Baldur's Gate 2 and 3 to be forthcoming.
Finally, the two developers were asked when we could expect to see the Baldur's Gate 3 release date. Unfortunately, Swen Vinicke declined to provide a specific date, stating that he wanted to ensure that they made the best game possible. That's something that takes time, so it seems that we're going to be waiting a while longer before we get our hands on this new Dungeons & Dragons adventure.
You can watch the full Baldur's Gate 3 interview below.
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