Update | Larian Studios wanted to clarify that the studio has not signed a console exclusivity deal with Sony for Baldur’s Gate 3. Indeed, the game is also in development on Xbox Series, but technical issues related to local co-op play between Series X and Series S would have prevented the studio from confidently announcing the game on Xbox. communicated:
“Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the PlayStation 5 version and Baldur’s Gate 3 release date, we’ve clarified that we currently plan to release the title on PC, Mac, GeForce NOW, and PlayStation 5. we can offer Baldur’s Gate 3 regardless of the release date. We will announce support for additional platforms as and when we are ready.
We’ve seen a lot of different interpretations of what this means, so we wanted to clarify the situation. We’ve had an Xbox version of Baldur’s Gate 3 in development for a while now. We ran into some technical issues during the development of this Xbox port that prevented us from announcing it with confidence until we were sure we had found the right fixes. In particular, we’ve been unable to get split-screen co-op to work the same on Xbox Series X and S, which is a non-negotiable condition of releasing the game.
There’s no platform exclusivity stopping us from releasing Baldur’s Gate 3 on Xbox at launch, if that’s a technical possibility. As and when we announce other platforms, we want to make sure each release meets our standards and expectations.“
PC roleplayers couldn’t guess, but they’d better land for Thursday night’s state of affairs. Larian Studios announced the existence of a PS5 version there, but also revealed the game’s release date in a new trailer, with a bonus preview of the necromancer Ketheric Thorm and the collector’s edition of the game, which has been out for a number of of early access players on Steam.
Among the important information of the day, Larian Studios confirms that Baldur’s Gate 3 on PS5 will be playable with two in local co-op or online with up to four players, a flexibility already offered by Divinity: Original Sin 2, the studio’s latest smash-hit role-playing game. On the PC side, while the game currently only supports keyboard and mouse, controller compatibility will be ready for launch on August 31. We also get the chance to discover the character of General Ketheric Thorm, one of the game’s adversaries, played here with great talent by veteran JK Simmons. If he is known for his embodiment, the best hurry of Spider-Man, J. Jonah Jameson, or the odious Terence Fletcher whiplashthe actor is also the voice of Cave Johnson in the Portal franchise.
“Ketheric is a man with complex ambitions and motivations. We knew we had to work with a well-known actor who could deliver a nuanced performance, so we decided to contact JK Simmons. We were surprised how much his performance helped deepen the character, even though we expected it. We will introduce two more opponents to you in the coming months, stay tunedsaid creative director Swen Vincke in a post published on the PlayStation blog.
Here’s finally the detail of the Deluxe and Collector’s editions of it Baldur’s Gate 3knowing that all PC Early Access players will automatically receive the Deluxe Edition upgrade.
The Deluxe Edition of Baldur’s Gate 3 includes:
A Bard Song Pack featuring songs from Divinity: Original Sin 2
An exclusive dice theme
An adventurer’s wallet to get your game off to a good start
The game’s original soundtrack, artbook, and character sheets in digital version
72 hours early access to Baldur’s Gate 3 Act 1 from August 28, 2023 (on PlayStation 5)
Six items inspired by Divinity: Original Sin 2
Baldur’s Gate 3 Collector’s Edition includes:
All Deluxe Edition content, including Early Access on PS5
A personalized sticker sheet
A 25 cm high diorama depicting a battle between a brain teaser and a drow
A hard cover art book of 160 pages
A fabric map of Faerûn
A set of “origin” type character sheets, inspired by Dungeons and Dragons
A tadpole-shaped metal keyring
One Magic: The Gathering booster pack
A custom engraved metal d20 and the in-game version
A certificate of authenticity