A new trailer shows off General Ketheric Thorm, played by J.K. Simmons.
An old knight wearing fantasy-style medieval armor.

A new trailer for Baldur's Gate 3 shown during PlayStation's State of Play revealed the release date and gave us a taste of J.K. Simmons. Simmons voices General Ketherc Thorm, one of the game's main antagonists.

General Thorm is "a seemingly invincible necromancer" who is "leading an army of the dead towards the eponymous city of Baldur's Gate." Before getting to today's main trailer, I'll include this behind the scenes video showing J.K. Simmons at work in the recording booth.

If we can get Simmons to voice more characters, that would be wonderful.

"Ketheric is a man with complex ambitions and motivations, so in searching for his voice, we knew we needed to work with a renowned character actor who could deliver the kind of nuanced performance we were looking for – so we decided to cast J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man). While we expected it, we were still amazed at how much his performance helped deepen the character. We’ll introduce you to two more antagonists over the coming months – keep an eye out," explained Larian creative director Swen Vincke in a post on the PlayStation Blog.
Today's reveal also shares that Baldur's Gate 3 will be available on August 31, 2023 for PlayStation 5, PC, and Mac. The new trailer also reveals split-screen co-op gameplay plus a look at the game's controller support. From what I can gather, the split-screen will be for the PlayStation 5 version only, but controller support should be good to go on all platforms.

The PlayStation Blog shared a few additional details about the Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition of Baldur's Gate 3. Developer Larian Studios say that all Early Access players on PC and anybody that purchases the game between now and release will get automatic upgrades to the Deluxe Edition of the game. You can find details on those editions below the new trailer.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition
This fully digital Deluxe Edition of Baldur’s Gate 3 contains:
  • Playable Bard Song Pack featuring songs from Divinity: Original Sin 2
  • Exclusive in-game dice skin
  • An Adventurer’s Pouch containing supplies to help you get your journey started
  • Digital downloads of the Baldur’s Gate 3 Original Soundtrack, artbook and character sheets
  • 72-hours early access to Act I of Baldur’s Gate 3 beginning Aug. 28, 2023 [PS5]
As well as this pack of items inspired by the BAFTA Award-winning Divinity: Original Sin II:
  • Mask of the Shapeshifter: Allows you to change race and appearance on the fly, inspired by Fane
  • Cape of the Red Prince: Cloak inspired by the Red Prince
  • Lute of the Merryweather Bard: Playable instrument inspired by Lohse
  • Needle of the Outlaw Rogue: Dagger inspired by Sebille
  • Bicorne of the Sea Beast: Headgear inspired by Beast
  • Paintings from Rivellon: Discover a new collection of paintings across the Forgotten Realms
Baldur’s Gate 3 Collector’s Edition
Each Collector's Edition contains:
  • A digital copy of Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition
  • Custom sticker sheet
  • 25cm Mind Flayer vs. Drow battle diorama
  • 160-page hardcover art book
  • Cloth map of Faerûn
  • Set of D&D-inspired origin character sheets
  • Metal tadpole keyring
  • Magic: The Gathering booster pack
  • Custom-engraved metal d20, plus an in-game version!
  • Certificate of authenticity
By pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition, players will also receive the contents of the Deluxe Edition, which for PlayStation 5 players also includes 72-hours early access to Act I of Baldur’s Gate 3 at launch. All pre-orders will ship in time for launch.​