During the pre-E3 2019 Google Stadia Connect, Larian Studios officially announced Baldur’s Gate III, confirming the rumors that the Divinity: Original Sin II developer is behind the long-awaited sequel to the RPG series. During the livestream, a horrifying cinematic trailer for the upcoming game was also revealed, and Larian Studios confirmed Baldur’s Gate III would be coming to Google Stadia (it’s also releasing on PC). Following the announcement, Larian Studios released a Community Update video to provide further insight into the process of making Baldur’s Gate III.
Though the Community Update is largely just one long comedy skit as to how Larian Studios acquired the rights to make Baldur’s Gate III, it does reveal several tidbits of information about the new games as well. The game is described as a “big grand adventure” that’s “true to D&D lore” and has a choice-driven narrative where a player’s decisions matter to the overall plot. The video also touches on the process of ceremorphosis, the terrifying process by which a humanoid creature becomes a Mindflayer, as well as how the transformation can be reversed. If you want to see that change in action, you can watch it in the trailer below.
In a press release, Larian Studios wrote, “Baldur’s Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters, and memorable combat. It is Larian Studios’ biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure.”
Baldur’s Gate III is one of the first games confirmed for Google Stadia, the company’s upcoming cloud-based game streaming service. In an interview with GameSpot, Larian Studios founder and head Swen Vincke said, “Stadia will also allow a whole bunch of community features that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to do. I don’t know if you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening in the streaming sphere when it comes to Dungeons & Dragons, but there’s a lot going on there. Things like Stadia allow you to do much more. We’re implementing Stadia fairly deep into the game, actually. In due course, we will announce the features and demonstrate it. I don’t think people understand, yet, exactly how transformative Stadia is going to be. Not in a corporate way, I actually mean it. Because they haven’t seen it, they haven’t touched it, but it is quite special.”
Baldur’s Gate III is releasing for Google Stadia and PC and is currently scheduled to be available as part of the Stadia Founder’s Edition launch line-up (which is releasing in November 2019).