Baldur’s Gate 3 is out, but with a hefty spec list

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RPG games started off way before computers were even a thing, with tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons bringing the first gamers together to fight off the monsters of make-believe.

Well, technology has come a long way, but the essence of RPG games based on Dungeons & Dragons has stayed the same, and the Baldur’s Gate game series is a testament to that.

Well, it seems that the latest entry on our list, Baldur’s Gate 3, is on the horizon, and here is everything that you need to know about it.


Everything there is to know about Baldur’s Gate as of now

When will Baldur’s Gate 3 be released?

It seems that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be widely available today at approx. 10 AM PST. However, keep in mind that this is not the official launch of the game, just the start of the Early Access period.

Because Larian wanted for this game to work out perfectly, they decided that texting is the key, and they hinted at some point that the Early Access period might even last a whole year.


What platforms can I play Baldur’s Gate 3 on?

The Early Access phase of Baldur’s Gate 3 will be made available on Google Stadia and Windows PC via Steam, and GOG.

There was much speculation at some point as to what digital platforms will PC players be able to get Baldur’s Gate 3 from, but it was later clarified that the Epic Store will not be among them.

PC players can still get the game via:

However, there have been hints that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be available at some point on consoles since Larian also announced the implementation of cross-save, allowing game saves to be played from any of the supported platforms.

While this isn’t a guarantee in itself, but the fact that Larian Studios eventually made a console port of their previous title, Divinity: Original Sin 2 means that history may repeat itself.


What are the Baldur’s Gate 3 PC system requirements?

 

If any of you watched the gameplay trailers, you probably figured out by now that will be needing a pretty beefy gaming PC to run Baldur’s Gate 3 properly, even at minimum settings.

That being said, here are the estimated minimum system requirements for Baldur’s Gate 3, according to the Systems Requirements Labs:

  • CPU: Intel i5-4690 / AMD FX 4350
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Video card: Nvidia GTX 780 / AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • Pixel shader: 5.0
  • Vertex shader: 5.0
  • Free disk space: 150 GB
  • Dedicated Video RAM: 3072 MB

On the flip side, here are the recommended system requirements for Baldur’s Gate 3, according to the Systems Requirements Labs:

  • CPU: Intel i7 4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Video card: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / AMD RX580
  • Pixel shader: 5.1
  • Vertex shader: 5.1
  • Free disk space: 150 GB
  • Dedicated Video RAM: 3072 MB

Keep in mind that these are subject to change and that some requirements may end up differently for the final product, especially when concerning the free disk space.


How much content is there in the Baldur’s Gate Early Access?

According to Larian Studios in this extensive YouTube video, it seems that the Early Access of Baldur’s Gate 3 will be quite consistent in itself, even more than some other standalone RPGs.

Here’s a brief summary of just how much content the Early Access will offer you:

Character creation:

  • 6 classes
  • 9 races
  • 5 companions to recruit.

Character interaction:

  • 46,000 lines of dialogue and nearly 600 different characters

As for the actual playtime itself, the publishing director at Larian Studios commented that it would take roughly 25h to complete the Early Access of the game from head to toe.


How can I contribute to the improvement of Baldur’s Gate 3?

Besides stating how long will the EA of Baldur’s Gate 3, he also stated that there is no pressure in buying the game in this state since it isn’t going anywhere:

Don’t feel pressured to buy it during EA. It’s not going to disappear, and neither are we. Eventually, it’ll be a very large game.

That being said, those of you that do decide to get the game in its current state can help out and improve it by providing vital user feedback.

Here are a few tips on how you can maximize the efficiency of your feedback in order to help Baldur’s Gate 3 grow faster and better, according to a user researcher:

General feedback guidelines:

  • Be open and honest
  • Be thoughtful and respectful
  • Provide specifics and context
    • Explain WHY you feel the way you feel
  • Play as you would normally/be yourself

General types of feedback:

  • Gameplay feedback
  • Narrative/character feedback
  • Level design feedback
  • Content feedback
  • Balancing/tuning feedback
  • UX/usability feedback
  • Bugs/issues

While providing feedback is optional, it is in everyone’s interest that we each pitch in with ideas and suggestions, so go ahead and let Larian Studios know what you feel about their products, and help make it better.


That’s pretty much all the essentials that you need to know about the launch of the Baldur’s Gate Early Access.

We will be updating this article with more content once the game is out, and we will let you know more about how it went in the days and weeks ahead.

If you have any questions about this game, leave us your queries in the comments section below.