Michael Mack Nov 15, 2023

Anticipation Builds as Baldur's Gate 3 Gears Up for December Xbox Release

Anticipation is high among Xbox enthusiasts for the arrival of Baldur's Gate 3, and the good news is that the wait is nearing its end. Larian Studios, the game's developer, has confidently reported that the game is on target for a December release. In a recent update on the social platform formerly known as Twitter, now referred to as X, the studio publicized its anticipated release period. Furthermore, they revealed that fans should stay tuned for the precise launch date, which is set to be announced at The Game Awards scheduled for December 7th.

Swen Vincke, the CEO of Larian Studios, conveyed his team's determination to outpace the chill of winter by launching Baldur's Gate 3 on Xbox. This release comes after the game's successful full launch on PC and PlayStation 5, which came about earlier in the year, following an extensive early access period. However, the initial phase did not see the game come to Xbox due to technical challenges with the split-screen co-op functionality on Xbox Series S consoles, a feature the studio deemed crucial.

A resolution came to the fore after discussions between Larian and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, culminating in the decision to omit split-screen co-op from the Xbox Series S version at the outset, with possible inclusion in subsequent updates. Despite this compromise, players can look forward to enjoying the fully updated and improved game as it stands on PC and PlayStation 5, complete with all enhancements ranging from performance boosts and refinements to more personalization options and enriched narrative segments for select characters. Additionally, Xbox Series X|S players will be able to utilize cross-save capabilities with PC via Steam, and the Series X variant will support split-screen co-op.

The highly esteemed role-playing game has been met with success and recognition, notably with Neil Newborn, the actor behind the character Astarion, clinching the title of Best Supporting Performer at the 2023 Golden Joystick Awards. In light of this win, Newborn shared his touching backstory of almost leaving the acting world before realizing his calling through voice acting in video games. As a testament to its success, Baldur's Gate 3 is a contender for multiple honors at The Game Awards 2023, vying for accolades in categories such as Best RPG, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, and the coveted Game of The Year.

The scope and depth of Larian's RPG have not gone unnoticed by critics, with commendations pouring in from various outlets, including GameSpot, which highlighted the distinct level of autonomy Baldur's Gate 3 provides players, allowing them to shape their narratives like never before.