The rumors had been up in the air, but an atmospheric trailer and a beaming Swen Vincke made it official in yesterday’s Google Stadia presentation: Larian is making Baldur’s Gate 3. Yes, the founding fathers of the #BelgianGamesIndustry obtained the keys to the most iconic RPG franchise ever. Let that sink in for a while.
The project didn’t just fall into their lap, though. After trying to convince Wizards of the Coast to let them take a stab at the project after the success of the first Original Sin, the IP owners deemed Larian a bit too green for such a monumental offering. When Original Sin 2 started to make serious waves, they approached Larian and asked them if they still were up for it. And Bhaal be damned they were!
The legendary series has been dormant for almost 20 years and players have been craving a new entry for the longest time. Baldur’s Gate 3 is the biggest game Larian has ever worked on and the studio has been beefed up accordingly, with around 300 people working on the project. Expectations will be running high and that’s why Larian isn’t rushing things. Gameplay details are kept firmly under wraps for now and the studio is taking a firm “done when it’s done” stance.
When Baldur’s Gate 3 eventually makes it out of the, erm, gate, the game will be playable on Google Stadia but will also come to pc through Steam and GOG. The production values are higher than any previous Larian game and Vincke is excited that through Stadia even people without a decent rig will get to enjoy the epic role-playing experience in all its gory – just watch the uncut announcement trailer – glory.
With all the excitement surrounding this fabulous announcement, we’d almost forget that Larian has another game in the oven as well. Divinity: Fallen Heroes is a co-production with Danish studio Logic Artists and combines gratifying turn-based tactical combat with a serious splash of trademark Larian storytelling. The story continues the saga of Original Sin 2 and your actions and choices during and in-between missions will have a lasting impact on the world of Rivellon. The structure is reminiscent of Larian’s own Dragon Commander, so we expect some really good (and potentially whacky) stuff.
The studio that shaped the #BelgianGamesIndustry has seen its share of hardships, but we’re very happy to see their talent, hard work and entrepreneurial bravery is really paying off now, and we couldn’t be more excited for them they get the chance to create their ultimate dream RPG.