Baldur’s Gate 3 will let you decide, and if it lives up to its immense promise, it will be these many, game-changing decisions that’ll keep players locked into the Forgotten Realms for many years. So naturally, Larian is going big on it: Baldur’s Gate 3 will let players make and suggest dialogue choices to their favourite streamers.
In Larian’s latest community update the developer revealed Crowd Choice for Stadia and Twitch integration, Baldur’s Gate 3 will let you decide, which will both allow viewers to affect a streamer’s next dialogue choice. Crowd Choice will let you actively choose the next story path remotely during a YouTube livestream, whereas each dialogue option is assigned a number on Twitch, which is then subject to a vote. Presumably the streamer can then decide whether to abide or ignore their audience’s wishes. Twitch viewers can also view the streamer’s inventory, character sheet, skills, and spells.
In their latest post, Larian talk about multiplayer, cinematics, and crowd voting systems for livestreamers. Twitch integration, which will launch with the early access version of the game later this month, sounds quite neat. Viewers will be able to peruse a streamer’s inventory, character sheet, and spells on their own screen.
They’ll also be able to vote on dialogue choices if the streamer allows it, a bit like they did during Larian CEO Swen Vincke’s playthrough earlier this year now with a proper in-game interface. YouTube will allow a feature called Crowd Choice, a Stadia Enhanced feature, that Larian say will let you “choose the next story path and alter what happens next,” which sounds like you’ll actually be in charge and not just voting.
You can catch another video specifically on the game’s cinematics, where Larian cinematic director Jason Latino talks about adaptive cameras and how to re-imagine traditional cutscenes for an independent co-op party.
I remember Divinity: Original Sin 2’s multiplayer getting quite a lot of praise for the freedom it allowed various party members but never got to give the co-op a try myself. I’m keen to make it a priority for this next Larian RPG.
Looks like Baldur’s Gate 3 will also get an early access launch over on GOG. That’ll be on September 30th, GOG announced, the same day that the game appears on Steam.