During today’s PC Gaming Show event, Larian Studios revealed a new trailer for their upcoming RPG, Baldur’s Gate 3. Players are introduced to the titular city, initially starting its showcase at the Chionthar River.
Players can anticipate “labyrinthine streets, with alleys, temples, and crowded public houses” with several in-depth NPCs.
Several development team members shared comments about the city’s scope and level of immersion, all quoted below:
“You have crowds that are walking around everywhere. You can talk to pretty much anybody, and they react to every single thing,” said Swen Vincke, creative director at Larian Studios. “It’s very alive in that sense.”
“One of the things that’s done is it’s added this level of believability and immersion and also complexity that wouldn’t have been there otherwise,” said associate writing lead Chrystal Ding. “It feels like you are walking around a place where there are lots and lots of people living their actual lives.”
Larian originally prototyped Baldur’s Gate as a series of smaller contained regions connected by teleports, but midway into developing the city, decided to make some major changes.
“[Swen] said, like, can’t we just connect everything?” said world building director Farhang Namdar. “And that was an interesting day.”
Come launch, players will be stepping foot in a Baldur’s Gate made up of three seamless open world districts. No matter if you’re investigating underground crypts, wandering the chambers of a towering citadel, or descending into hidden cellars, there will be no visible loading screens to interrupt your experience.
“We spent I think three times, four times more effort on the city than we originally planned to, but the result, the feeling of walking in there, is just fantastic,” said Vincke. “So the thing that I was the most afraid of when we started making this game turned out to be the thing that I’m the most proud of.”
You can view new screenshots for Baldur’s Gate 3 via our gallery below:
In case you missed it, check out the previous Baldur’s Gate 3 trailer introducing antagonist Lord Enver Gortash.
You can view the new Baldur’s Gate 3 trailer below:
Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch for PC and PlayStation 5 on August 31, 2023.
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