on September 23, 2020 at 8:30AM PDT
Baldur’s Gate III has gotten a very slight delay, developer Larian Studios has announced. The game was originally slated to launch in Early Access on September 30, but it has been pushed back by one week. It will now launch in Early Access on Steam, GOG, and Stadia on October 6.
In a message shared on Twitter, Larian says the delay is out of caution to give the studio more time to “triple check stability” and “triple check localization.” The full message reads as follows:
We have bad news, and good news. But first, the bad news! We’re delaying to October 6, by a week. We’ll be back later today with the romance & companionship update to pick you all up again. pic.twitter.com/j2NOEk4jAi
“It’s the year 2020! We’re launching an active development build, which means that things can go right, or they can go wrong each time we compile a new one. Live development is different to ‘going gold’ in that you never really have a ‘gold version.’
“Our guiding principle for early access is that it’s fine for there to be smaller bugs or a few things that are lacking polish, but it needs to offer a fun gameplay experience with as few crashes as possible.
“We’re nearly there but we had a few unexpected delays, and we still have some stability issues we’re sifting through. Because of the days, our translations are also later than expected and we want to ensure localization for the announced Early Access languages is strong enough for our international fans to have a good time.
“Thankfully, a week’s delay (to October 6th) is all we can expected to need to triple check stability, and triple check localization.
“We say ‘expect’ because the game still has to pass the ‘World Tester.’ The World Tester is a sort of AI super-gamer that plays through the game at incredible speed, stress testing everything and pushing it to its limits. This super-gamer is currently playing through, and the results are looking good but not perfect yet. We know that if the super-gamer doesn’t break the game, there’s less chance you will. Not that we have any illusions you won’t try!
“As a result of all the testing that’s been going on, we do now have our PC minimum requirements for day 1, and you can check those on the store pages. Early access is going to launch on October 6th on Stadia, Steam, and GOG. It is. It really is.”
Larian had previously said that Baldur Gate III’s Early Access content would be bigger than Divinity: Original Sin II’s, with more combat scenarios, characters, lines of dialogue, and spells. Last month, the studio revealed the game’s PC requirements via its Steam page; you can see those below.
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