Ahead of its early access launch next week, Larian Studios have detailed the races and classes players will be able to embody in Baldurâs Gate III.
Early access commences from October 6 on PC and players will have 16 races and subraces to choose from, with the added option of six available classes. The selection ranges from races such as humans, elves, dwarves and tieflings. The character models are said to feature âphotorealistic fantasy races based on 3D scans of actors and modelsâ and at launch there will be a total of 150 heads to choose from.
Each race was detailed in a community update that outlined the choices players can make upon starting the game. All of these races can also be tied to one of six classes: Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock and Wizard. As players progress they will unlock additional subclasses for each one, some at level one, whilst others are locked to later levels.
The first race was Humans, which are said to be the âmost common face to see in FaerÃ»nâ and âare known for their tenacity, creativity, and endless capacity for growthâ. Elsewhere, there is the Githyanki race, who are âpeerless warriors from the Astral Planeâ. They are most commonly known for possessing âlegendary silver blades and red dragon mountsâ.
Moving onto the Elves, the race splits into two subclasses. First off is the High Elf class, which will âvalue magic in all its formsâ. Alternatively, players can choose to be a Wood Elf who are more akin to archery and camouflaging abilities that are âenhanced by an otherworldly swiftnessâ.
Moving onto Drows, who are the âresult of an ancient schism between the elven deities Corellon Larethian and Lolthagainâ, the race splits into two subraces. Seldarine Drows are âaiming to settle their conflict with Lolth – and each otherâ, whilst Lolth-Sworn Drows âmark her followers with bright red eyes so the Underdark will learn to fear drow on sightâ.
Thereâs also the Half-Elf class, with subclasses that combine both Elf and Drow classes. High Half-Elfs have a âtouch of the FeywildâÂ and âpossess a hint of wild powerâ. On the other hand, Wood Half-Elfs resemble their regular class and have âa quickened stride and eye for stealthâ, where as Drow Half-Elfs are the âresult from liaisons between Seldarine Drow and surfacersâ.
Dwarfs are broken into two subclasses, too, with Gold and Shield to choose from. Gold âare known for their confidence and keen intuitionâ, and Shield surrender their kingdoms in a war between goblins and orcs, yet âwill endure anything to restore their ancestral homelandsâ.
There are also Halflings in the world of Baldurâs Gate III. Two types exist, with the first being Lightfoot Halflings, which are described as being âstealthy but socialâ. Strongheart Halflings are âresistant to poisonâ and pack a ton of endurance to survive many encounters.
Finally, there are Tielings. Broken down into three subclasses, players will have multiple options to fine tune their class. The Asmodeus Tiefling class âinherit the ability to wield fire and darknessâ, Mephistopheles Tieflings are gifted with arcane magic, and Zariel Tieflings possess high strength, with the ability to âchannel searing flame to punish their enemiesâ.
Depending on what race players pick will also affect how characters in the world respond to them. For example, a Githyanki may struggle to receive the respect and honour that a human class would more than likely receive.
Earlier this year, Larian Studios released a gameplay demonstration for Baldurâs Gate III, which highlighted the reworked combat system. It also outlined updated narrator dialogue and a new Inspiration mechanic.
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