Here’s The First Gameplay Footage For Baldur’s Gate III

The first gameplay of Baldur’s Gate III has been unveiled, and boy does it look impressive. Larian Studios showed a live demo at PAX East.

It’s quite the extensive reveal. We get to see the pre-rendered intro (skip if you don’t like creepy tadpoles being inserted into the eyes). Then a character creator, and then another pre-rendered cutscene. You begin the game being captured by mind flayers, those cephalopod-looking creatures, in a flying squid that’s attacking a city, which then gets chased by dragons.

What do you mean medieval fantasy is boring?

Baldur’s Gate III still carries the trademark of a Larian game. It’s a top-down CRPG that has a lot of systems you can exploit, like moving and stacking treasure chests to make stairs. But it also has some ridiculous production values you don’t expect from a CPRG. The camera can go down low to a 3rd-person camera view during exploration, and goes way closer during conversations. Think of Dragon Age or The Witcher. And the conversations being shown here are all voice-acted, with various camera angles.

Don’t worry, there are still conversation choices.

As expected from a Dungeons And Dragons game, Baldur’s Gate III does have dice rolls. Some are presented as a dice being rolled like skill checks. Others are simplified into a percentage but dice rolls based on the rules and any modifiers still takes place in the background, like attack hit chances in combat.

And yes, shenanigans like throwing people off cliffs, or throwing your gear to enemies, are valid strategies.

Baldur’s Gate III will be released first in Early Access form, similar to Larian’s previous CRPGs. There will be quite a lot of races playable. The ones on show in this reveal are:

  • Tiefling
  • Drow
  • Human
  • Githyanki
  • Dwarf
  • Elf
  • Half-Elf
  • Half-Drow
  • Halfling

There will also be six classes to choose from, and more to be added later. The available classes are:

  • Fighter – Battle Master, Eldritch Knight
  • Wizard – Evocation, Abjuration
  • Rogue – Arcane Trickster, Thief
  • Ranger – Hunter, Beast Master
  • Cleric – Life, Light, Trickery
  • Warlock – Fiend, Great One

In addition, there will be five origin stories. These are essentially pre-built characters. The gameplay reveal showcases a few of these origin story characters, as playable characters and companions.

  • Wyll – Human Warlock
  • Shadowheart – Half-elf Cleric
  • Lae’zel – Githyanki Fighter
  • Gale – Human Wizard
  • Astarion – Elven vampire spawn, Rogue

The gameplay is still a bit rough, but you can see the ambition the developer is going for. And it’s kind of cool to see that some folks in Malaysia will be contributing to Baldur’s Gate III now that Larian is opening an office here.

Baldur’s Gate III will be available on PC and Stadia.

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