Larian Studios has been hard at work, working alongside Wizard’s of the Coast they’ve been able to bring Baldur’s Gate to a new generation in a turn based RPG format. Built using the new Divinity 4 engine, Baldur’s Gate 3 promises a world that reacts to your choices and provides players with unprecedented freedom to explore and experiment within the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons and Dragons.
Granted abilities from a parasite in the brain, you have the power to choose whether you fight against corruption and be a force for good or embrace it to become something truly evil. Slowly becoming a monster because of the Mind Flayer parasite you carry, the limits of your power and the trust of those around you will be tested. How you choose to handle the conflicts you and your party endure will be what determines the fate of the Forgotten Realms.
Here are some key features for Baldur’s Gate 3;
- Online multiplayer for up to four players allows you to combine your forces in combat and split your party to follow your own quests and agendas. Concoct the perfect plan together… or introduce an element of chaos when your friends least expect it.
- Origin Characters offer a hand-crafted experience, each with their own unique traits, agenda, and outlook on the world. Their stories intersect with the entire narrative, and your choices will determine whether those stories end in redemption, salvation, domination, or many other outcomes.
- Evolved turn-based combat based on the D&D 5e ruleset. Team-based initiative, advantage & disadvantage, and roll modifiers join combat cameras, expanded environmental interactions, and a new fluidity in combat that rewards strategy and foresight.
- Define the future of the Forgotten Realms through your choices, and the roll of the dice. No matter who you play, or what you roll, the world and its inhabitants will react to your story.
- Player-initiated turn-based mode allows you to pause the world around you at any time even outside of combat. Whether you see an opportunity for a tactical advantage before combat begins, want to pull off a heist with pin-point precision, or need to escape a fiendish trap. Split your party, prepare ambushes, sneak in the darkness – create your own luck!
If all that information isn’t enough to whet your appetite then take a look at the opening cinematic below;
Personally I’ve only ever played one Baldur’s Gate and that was back on the GameCube but I can say what we’ve seen so far is looking great and I’ll be looking forward to this one.