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Baldur’s Gate III Announced, Will Use Latest D&D Storyline & Rules

June 6, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Baldur's Gate III

The next chapter in the beloved Baldur’s Gate franchise is on the way, and it will use the newest 5th Edition campaign storyline as a backbone. Larian Studios, the studio behind Divinity: Original Sin, is developing the new chapter of the game franchise that kicked off with BioWare’s 1998 top-down isometric RPG Baldur’s Gate. PCGamesN reports that the game will be available for PC and the new Google streaming service Google Stadia.

You can see a trailer below for the game, which Larian Studios head Swen Vincke has confirmed will be set directly after the events of the next D&D campaign storyline Baldur’s Gate: Descent Into Avernus. That campaign book was announced at D&D Live late last month and will see players travel from Baldur’s Gate into the the first level of the Nine Hells, where they must deal with the machinations of the celestial-turned-archdevil Zariel as she moves to enact her vengeance on the city of Elturel.

A first trailer for the game is below. The cinematic features a wounded soldier stumbling through the streets of the game’s titular iconic Forgotten Realms city, which is littered with carnage. Suddenly he begins a gruesome transformation that turns him into a monstrous, mind flayer-like creature. As he stands up, the camera pans back to reveal a host of malevolant forces in the skies.

Vincke told PCGamesN that the game will use the 5th Edition D&D rules. The creators approached the game by working out “the rulesets very meticulously and then seeing what worked and what didn’t work. For the things that didn’t work, because it is a videogame, and D&D was made for playing as a tabletop game, we came up with solutions … the cool thing is that there’s a lot of what makes D&D D&D that survives the translations, so I think that if you like Dungeons & Dragons, and you want to play Baldur’s Gate 3, you’re going to be happy”.

He added that his team and the team behind Descent Into Avernus “worked on it together, so the principal writer of [the Descent into Avernus] campaign came to Ghent for quite some time and we spent a lot of time at the Wizard offices. So, if you play that campaign […] you’ll see references to that in Baldur’s Gate 3”.

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