The moment many D&D fans have been waiting for.
Baldur's Gate 3

Larian Studios and Wizards of the Coast showed off Baldur's Gate 3 for the first time ever today. They did so with a live demo that, while it didn't go quite as smoothly as they probably would have liked, still ended up looking amazing.

Below you will get your first details about Baldur's Gate 3 features and gameplay. We also have the opening cinematic intro to share with you along with a number of gameplay screenshots. Let's not forget either that an Early Access release for Baldur's Gate 3 was already confirmed to drop in 2020.

Baldur's Gate 3 makes use of the new Divinity 4.0 engine. The game promises to give players "unprecedented freedom to explore, experiment, and interact with a world that truly reacts to your choices." Larian says that this is their "biggest adventure yet." Players will adventure through the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons in a "grand, cinematic narrative (that) brings you closer to your characters than ever before."

True to its D&D roots, Baldur's Gate 3 will include a wide selection of races and classes to choose from. Alternatively, you can make an original character that has their own background and skill set. You are able to go out on grand adventures either on your own with NPC companions, or as a group of four in online multiplayer.

The full VOD from today's livestream can also be viewed right now. Strangely enough, the stream took place on the Stadia YouTube channel. You can find the VOD embedded below. Gameplay starts around 19 minutes in. Character creation and customization happens before that. And a little bug happens around the 1 hour, 23 minute mark as if to drive home the fact that this game is still very much a work in progress and will be for quite some time.

So far, it looks like Baldur's Gate 3 will be released through Steam and Stadia. No platforms have been announced nor confirmed yet.

Gather your party for a tale of fellowship and betrayal, sacrifice and survival, and the lure of absolute power. Abducted, infected, lost... You are turning into a monster, drawn from a Mind Flayer parasite planted in your brain, but as the corruption inside you grows, so too does your power. That power may help you to survive, but there will be a price to pay. More than any ability, the bonds of trust that you build within your party could be your greatest strength. Caught in a conflict between devils, deities, and sinister otherworldly forces, you will determine the fate of the Forgotten Realms together. Resist and turn darkness against itself — or embrace corruption and become the ultimate evil.

  • 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. Devise 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 wider narrative, and your choices will determine whether those stories end in redemption, salvation, domination or other outcomes.
  • Evolved turn-based combat based on the D&D 5E ruleset. Team-based initiative, advantage and 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. See an opportunity for a tactical advantage before combat begins? Want to pull off a heist with pin-point precision? Need to escape a fiendish trap? Split your party, prepare ambushes, sneak in the darkness — and create your own luck!