Baldur’s Gate 3 Won’t Leave Early Access This Year, Developer Confirms

Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke says Baldur's Gate 3, which released in early access in 2020, won't be seeing its full 1.0 launch in 2021 "for sure."

Posted By | On 18th, Jun. 2021

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Larian Studios and Baldur’s Gate is a match made in heaven, and people have been waiting to see the full launch of Baldur’s Gate 3 with fervent anticipation. The RPG launched in early access in October of 2020, giving players the chance to play a very meaty chunk of the game, and Larian have also been updating the early access version with some major additions since then- but when can we expect a full launch?

Speaking to GameSpot, Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke confirmed that Baldur’s Gate 3 is definitely not leaving early access in 2021.

“We are really trying to get the game done by next year,” Vincke said. “It’s not gonna release this year for sure. But we’re working very hard on getting everything in there. But it’s a very big game, and it deserves to have development time.”

That said, even 2022 is not guaranteed to see a full launch for Baldur’s Gate 3. Vincke went on to explain that 2022 is the target and it’s something the team is working toward, before then talking about some of the production challenges that they’ve had to deal with due to remote working, and how they have made things somewhat unpredictable.

“We will be happy if we can manage to release it next year, yes,” he said. “We’re aiming for it, [but] there’s no guarantees. We’re definitely aiming for it. We took a big setback, especially in everything that was related to motion capture and voice acting during the crisis. So that’s taken time, and also teams working together is harder. But now, slowly, hopefully, the world is getting in a better place we’re starting to be able to pick up speed again, so yeah. But we still have a lot of work. It’s not as if we’re done yet, it’s a big game.”

And what about potential releases on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S? Well, that’s something Vincke chose to remain tight-lipped about, cheekily saying, “You’re gonna have to roll a d20 on that.”

Earlier this year, just a couple of months ago in fact, Vincke had similar things to say about how much work there is still left on the game before its full launch, so this doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. Meanwhile, Vincke has also previously said that when Baldur’s Gate 3 launches in full, its early access content will also have significant story changes. Read more on that through here.


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