BALDUR'S GATE III Shines in Over an Hour of Pure Gameplay Footage and Impressive Cinematic Trailer
Mechanic: Bartosz Sobczak
Category: Role-Playing Games
20 years since the launch of BioWare's Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn, the beloved role-playing series is finally back, and while its original creators are busy trying to fix Anthem, Larian Studios is ready to reimagine the franchise for a new decade.
During this year's PAX East in Boston, the renowned makers of Divinity: Original Sin 2 revealed brand-new details on their upcoming opus magnum. Quite interestingly, the studio's take on Baldur's Gate is so ambitious and huge in scope that is probably won't be available for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One — as Larian "don't think current-gen consoles would be able to run Baldur's Gate III."
"There's a lot of technical upgrades and updates that we did to our engine, and I don't know if it would be capable of being able to actually run on those things," Larian's David Walgrave explained in a recent interview with Eurogamer. "Maybe it could run, but then we would have to tone down the textures and this and that and it wouldn't look as cool anymore."
At PAX East 2020, the studio unveiled an impressive cinematic trailer for Baldur's Gate III. Said video focuses on the victims of the mind flayers, an ancient force of destruction in the Dungeons and Dragons universe.
The Illithid race possesses not only an impressive fleet, but also terrible psionic powers, which means that they are able to mind control other sentient beings. "The mind flayers have rediscovered the secret of nautiloids," Larian founder Swen Vincke told PC Gamer. "Those are big problems! If you know D&D lore, especially Volo's Guide, you'll know they used to rule the Astral Plane, but they lost it all and had to flee to the Underdark or they'd be exterminated by another alien race, the githyanki. They want to restore their empire, so we see the mind flayers invading a city, with a nautaloid, so you can imagine what might happen. But it's not what you'll expect!"
Although Larian hasn't revealed Baldur's Gate III's release date yet, rumor has it that it will launch in 2020.
The aforementioned cinematic trailer was not the only awesome video that the Belgian developer revealed during the event, as you can take a look at over an hour of Baldur's Gate III gameplay footage in the special PAX East 2020 livestream stream down below:
Gather your party, and return to the Forgotten Realms in a tale of fellowship and betrayal, sacrifice and survival, and the lure of absolute power. Mysterious abilities are awakening inside you, drawn from a Mind Flayer parasite planted in your brain. Resist, and turn darkness against itself. Or embrace corruption, and become ultimate evil. From the creators of Divinity: Original Sin 2 comes a next-generation RPG, set in the world of Dungeons and Dragons.
Baldur's Gate III is coming to PC (via Steam and GOG) and Google Stadia.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Bartosz Sobczak - Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Lawyer by day, video game reporter by night. Long-time fan of the Mass Effect, Age of Empires, Prince of Persia, BioShock — especially the second one — and Splinter Cell series (who still believes that the best is yet to come). Tries his hardest to shine a new light on the Polish game-development scene. Gameplay Mechanix is his biggest passion project to date. Often listens to old episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson while writing. Privately a cat person.
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