Baldur’s Gate 3 improved UI and game narration revealed ahead of Early Access in August (hopefully)

Larian Studios have given players a good long look at gameplay from their upcoming RPG series revival Baldur’s Gate 3. With the game planned for an Early Access release in August, everything going according to plan, they’ve demoed some of the changes that have been made since PAX East at the end of February.

You can see the full 90 minute gameplay video here:

Larian have been particularly open in this case, simply heading into a current build of the game to play in an unscripted fashion. Basically it was Game Director Swen Vincke doing the kind of live stream that you’ll see pop up on Twitch after its launch, but with some more in depth insight into the game’s mechanics and changes that they’re making.

Some key changes and aspects from the demo include:

  • The narrator that will lead players through the game has changed to present tense/second person narration.
  • Changes have been made to the initiative system. Previous gameplay showed the side initiative, which has evolved over the past month. Characters with similar individual initiative can now be grouped together automatically, which will allow the player to try out combinations and align their attack in a group initiative system. Other characters and enemies will have individual initiative
  • The inspiration system has been revealed. Inspiration points will allow the player to reroll one of their dice – a very valuable asset if the roll of the dice decides over life and death. These points are awarded to the player as a reward for finding special solutions during the playthrough.
  • Reactivity to the player character: During the gameplay, Vincke played as a custom character elf, which showcased how the world reacts to who you are and – more importantly – which decision you have made in the past.
  • The enhanced graphical fidelity since PAX East

Of course, a lot of the game is still subject to change, as the game heads into Early Access and Larian receive feedback from the community.

That’s intended for August, but Larian are candid about the need to manage and adapt to Covid-19’s impact on the studio. They have locked down the content that they want to deliver in Early Access, and so it’s just down to whether their production can keep up with their ambitions.

Baldur’s Gate 3 will take players back to the Forgotten Realms, and you start the game abducted and infected with a corruption that grows more powerful inside you. The benefit is that you become more powerful as well. There’s a wide set of D&D races and classes in the Origin Characters that you can start your journey with, and you’ll adventure, battle and even romance your way through the lands. It promises to offer a unique story that flows around your varying choices and actions.

Source: press release

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