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Baldur's Gate 3: Larian Studios Outlines Future Plans & Addresses Expansion Possibility

By Xueyang
Aug. 17, 2023 updated 10:53

Larian Studios, the creator of the monumental game "Baldur's Gate 3," is making waves with its recent announcements concerning the game's future. Following the game's record-breaking launch from Steam's Early Access program, the development team's focus has shifted towards enhancement and potential expansion, as indicated by founder Swen Vincke.

Vincke recently expressed gratitude for the feedback received from players and laid out the current roadmap for the game. The immediate plan includes "Hotfix 4," followed by Patch 1 with over 1000 fixes and tweaks, and finally Patch 2, which will incorporate some of the players' requests. This roadmap shows the commitment of Larian Studios to perfecting the game by addressing any existing issues and incorporating valuable player feedback.

While fans are eagerly looking forward to these updates, some have been hopeful for an expansion pack or DLC for the game. Sadly, Vincke revealed that an expansion pack isn't currently in active production, but he didn't outright deny the possibility of it happening in the future. He did note, however, that fans would need to wait "for a long time" for anything on that front.

One of the contributing factors to this decision appears to be the balancing difficulties associated with the game's character level cap. "Baldur's Gate 3" has opted for a relatively low character level cap of 12, compared to Dungeons and Dragons' (D&D) max baseline of 20. According to Vincke, balancing D&D's level 20 spells in the context of "Baldur's Gate 3" would be "very hard," requiring a substantial development effort, making any expansion more than a simple DLC.

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Despite the sheer popularity of "Baldur's Gate 3" and its successful competition with the likes of "Hogwarts Legacy," the game still has some lingering issues, such as the reliance on an external launcher on top of Steam. This has led to some questions from the community about why the developer would follow such an industry trend.

Although there are still some challenges to overcome, and despite the uncertainty around an expansion pack, the game's success cannot be denied. With Larian Studios' continued commitment to enhancing the game and the potential for modding community support, "Baldur's Gate 3" remains a standout title with much to offer to both newcomers and veteran players alike.

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