Baldur’s Gate 3
Baldur’s Gate 3 will probably be here next month, and it’s still unclear where it will land on the critical issue of a level cap. Developers Larian previously stated in a Reddit AMA that their upcoming sequel will cover levels one to ten, but in our recent interview, lead systems designer Nick Pechenin said that this isn’t certain, as they’re still weighing it up.
“Be wary of preordering BG3 anywhere right now. We won’t have a pre-order period. We have no plans to work with retail yet, and no 3rd party distributors. Haven’t announced a price or date. We can’t guarantee you’ll get anything from them.”, reads the tweet sent by Douse on the matter.
Douse goes on to explain that Larian Studios isn’t actually able to verify store stock as, once again, no keys for Baldur’s Gate 3 will exist prior to retail launch. So while some of those deals might be, in fact, legitimate or rather, legitimate sometime down the line there’s no way that retailers can currently get those keys to stock pre orders with in the first place.
It’s not just a numbers problem. Any tabletop fan will tell you that they’ll always outdo video games with their room for negotiation, improv, bending the rules, and generally simulating and accounting for anything a set of laws can’t. The higher a player’s level gets, the more access they get to open-ended or abstract abilities.
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“You get closer to spells like Wish a high-level spell whose limits and consequences are defined by the whims of the DM running the game, and can be ironic, where you go, like, ‘what do we do? Do we accept emails from people with their wishes and quickly patch the game?’ So we have to do a lot more thinking about what would be exciting and reasonable things that a DM would let you do with these kind of spells and high level creative features that classes get.”
If you’re not familiar with The Dungeons And The Dragons, ten sounds like a very low cap for an RPG. It’s actually the exact middle, as the tabletop rules treat level 20 as the end point for player progression. Even then, it’s uncommon to take a character that far. Most campaigns are ready to tap out many levels before then, and a game that covered the full range would have to be extremely long.
There’ll likely be disappointment whatever Larian go with, not least as some classes really hit their stride later on, and level 11 specifically is a notable power bump for many. But a sub-20 cap is near inevitable. Exactly where it’ll land though remains to be seen.
Initially crafted by the BioWare of yesteryear, Baldur’s Gate 1 (1998) and 2 (2000) remain pinnacles of the computer RPG genre, defining much of what roleplaying games have transformed into over the past several decades. Now that the Baldur’s Gate IP finally makes a return with a third iteration under Larian’s creative direction, coming hot off the heels of Larian’s wildly successful and deeply innovative Divinity: Original Sin 2, it’s no surprise that so many CRPG fans are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate 3.
Once again, an early access version of BG3 is promised to release on Windows and Google Stadia sometime “soon”.