Baldur’s Gate 3 releasing in 2020 on Steam Early Access, says Hasbro

Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch in Steam Early Access, and it’s coming sometime later this year, according to a Hasbro representative speaking to investors at a Toy Fair 2020 event this weekend.

First reported by Dark Side of Gaming, Baldur’s Gate 3 will also get a gameplay reveal on Thursday, Feb. 27 at PAX East 2020. Larian Studios will air that footage at 3:30 p.m. EST.

Baldur’s Gate 3 was formally announced the week before E3 2019, with Larian, makers of the Divinity: Original Sin series, in charge of development. The game is being made for Windows PC and Google Stadia.

It’s the sequel to Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, which launched 20 years ago. A third game has been discussed for at least that long. The Baldur’s Gate series is an adaptation of the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign, originally developed by BioWare and published by Interplay and Black Isle Studios.

Black Isle was said to be developing Baldur’s Gate 3: The Black Hound shortly after Shadows of Amn launched in 2000, but that was canceled in 2003. Development on Baldur’s Gate 3 is ongoing while Larian and co-developer Logic Artists have delayed Divinity: Fallen Heroes, which was originally due in November 2019.

Hasbro, the parent company of D&D owner Wizards of the Coast, told investors at Toy Fair that it has seven Dungeons & Dragons games in the works, DSO Gaming reported. Baldur’s Gate 3 and Dark Alliance, a reboot of the 2001 action RPG announced at The Game Awards 2019, will launch this year; then, plans call for one D&D game per year through 2025.

When Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced last June, Google listed it as a “launch window” title for Stadia. Larian’s announcement billed it as that studio’s “biggest production ever,” and said Baldur’s Gate 3 will feature co-operative multiplayer as well as single-player modes.
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