Baldur’s Gate 3’s Xbox Series X/S version has been a problematic one for Larian, with the studio having been unable to bring the RPG to Microsoft’s console at the same time as its PS5 release. Primarily, that’s been down to Larian struggling to get splitscreen co-op optimized for the weaker hardware of the Xbox Series S, though recently, it was announced by the developer and Microsoft that Baldur’s Gate 3 would indeed launch for Xbox this year, with splitscreen being removed from the Xbox Series S version.
Of course, Larian has previously made abundantly clear that it views splitscreen as a crucial part of the experience, and it turns out the developer is continuing to work with Xbox to find a way to add it in at some point down the road. Taking to Twitter, Microsoft recently confirmed that it will “continue to work with Larian to explore the addition of splitscreen on Series S post-launch.”
Though not a guarantee by any means, it is reassuring nonetheless that having splitscreen available on the Xbox Series S isn’t totally off the table, even if it does arrive some time after the game’s base release.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is available on PC, and launches for PS5 on September 6. Larian recently released the first major patch for the RPG, bringing over 1,000 fixes. The game supports cross-saves across all platforms.
To answer some questions we're getting, we'll continue to work with Larian to explore the addition of split-screen on Series S post launch.
— Xbox (@Xbox) August 25, 2023