The early access launch date for Baldur’s Gate 3 has been moved to October. Fortunately, the game is only being delayed by one week. Larian Studios made the announcement earlier today on Twitter ahead of their seventh community update, which delves into Baldur’s Gate 3’s romance and companionship mechanics. You can watch the full update in the video below.
Baldur’s Gate 3 Romance & Companionship Update
During the previous Baldur’s Gate 3 community update, we saw how the game’s realistic cinematics and complex dialogue were integrated with Twitch. This update explores the dynamic of your party and how your interactions with one another shape your character’s story. “Frictions may test the party’s resolve, and romances might test the party dynamic,” said Larian in a press release. “Not only will characters have opinions about you, but also about each other, plus other factions in the game.“
Each player’s journey through early access will be unique thanks to a combination of systems design, narrative writing, and cinematics. This creates “three-dimensional relationships” that feel realistic and thus more immersive. “You will meet some people who you have nothing in common with, some will be useful to work together, but that is going to be the extent of it. But there could be situations where you get on really well, you share similar goals and you love travelling together,” said Sarah Baylus, lead writer at Larian Studios. “We want these relationships to feel like they would in the real world, like you are falling in love with someone, or you are falling in like with someone, or you just feel attracted to someone. That should all feel real and authentic.”
In today’s update, Larian also confirmed that you can, in fact, have sex in Baldur’s Gate 3. And from the looks of it, the scenes will be quite fleshed out, so to speak. Watch the full update video for more details on how romances will impact character development.
Baldur’s Gate 3 will now release into early access on October 6, 2020 for PC and Stadia. Be sure to check back here for future updates heading into early access.