The most famous video game series based on Dungeons & Dragons is returning, as Baldur's Gate III has been announced during the first Google Stadia Connect event.
The Baldur's Gate series is composed of two games and several expansions which used the rules of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The last official Baldur's Gate game to be released was the Throne of Bhaal expansion for Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn in 2001, which offered a conclusive ending to the story of the Bhaalspawn saga. There have recently been rumors of a revival of the series, with all of the classic D&D games being remastered for consoles, an upcoming Dungeons & Dragons adventure being set in Baldur's Gate, one of the creators of the series was tapped to form a new studio by Wizards of the Coast, and Larian Studios of Divinity: Original Sin fame was hinting at a revival of the series.
It has now been confirmed that the Baldur's Gate series is returning, as Larian Studios announced that it is developing Baldur's Gate III during the first ever Google Stadia Connect event. The trailer shows cinematic footage of the city of Baldur's Gate after a disaster, as corpses litter the streets and a wounded Flaming Fist mercenary is transformed into a Mind Flayer (a squid-headed monster with psychic powers) by some unknown force. The logo for the game also shows an octopus wrapped around the number three. An uncut (and more violent) version of the trailer has been uploaded to YouTube by Larian Studios and it can be seen below.
The founder & director of Larian Studios is Swen Vincke, who talked about how the studio had approached Wizards of the Coast in the past about making a new Baldur's Gate game, but it wasn't until the success of Divinity: Original Sin 2 that they were granted the license. Vincke went on to say that it's the biggest game ever produced by Larian Studios and that they had to triple the size of the studio in order to do it. The game is intended to look gorgeous, but the fact that it will be available on Google Stadia means that the player won't need a high-end machine in order to run it at maximum performance. Here's an official quote from the game's press release, which also teases multiplayer and single-player gameplay:
"Baldur’s Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters and memorable combat. It is Larian Studios’ biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure."
Baldur's Gate: Thrones of Bhaal ended the original story of the series, but the trailer for Baldur's Gate III is showing a new threat to the world of Faerun. There are still a lot of unknown details about Baldur's Gate III, but the fact that the series is returning is enough to make a lot of old school Dungeons & Dragons fans happy.
Source: Larian Studios/YouTube