Larian Studios has revealed that Baldur’s Gate 3 will officially leave early access and be released in 2023.
Larian shared the news during 2022’s D&D Direct in a dev diary that was focused on “the journey so far.” While it features some glimpses of the game, a tiefling cosplay, and a doctor who may or may not be a doctor, the big news from the video was the confirmation that Baldur’s Gate 3 will not make it out of early access in 2022 and will instead officially be released in 2023.
“By the Nine Hells, we’ve added a lot of great stuff already, and there’s more where that came from,” Larian said. “So, join us in early access on our journey to Baldur’s Gate 3, or come along in 2023 when the game releases.”
In February, Larian Studios’ head Swen Vincke said that 2022 would be the last full year of development, but he left some wriggle room as to if there was a chance it could make it before our calendars moved to 2023. Now, the chance of a 2022 release is no more.
The Early Access version of Baldur’s Gate 3 was released in October 2020 and featured a wealth of content. In our Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access review, we said that it “already has exciting turn-based combat and some genuine storytelling greatness, but it might be worth waiting to enjoy the full thing with fresh eyes.”
For more, check out how Baldur’s Gate 3 was so huge that Larian chose to triple in size rather than shrink the game.
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