Gather your party
If the latest speculation surrounding Larian Studios is to be believed, E3 2019 should be a banger for RPG fans. How does Baldur’s Gate 3 from the folks responsible for Divinity: Original Sin sound?
It all started with a requisite teaser website depicting a generic fantasy-game-looking “III.” The landing page on Larian’s site currently shows a weathered logo and little else, at least on the surface. But if you dig a little further, as the internet is liable to do, there’s more to go off. What initially felt like a pre-E3 tease for an inevitable Original Sin 3 now seems to be the lead-in for a new Baldur’s Gate game.
As compiled by Twitter user @kunkken, Larian’s teaser site holds a few hints inside its code.
Here’s a bit clearer instructions pic.twitter.com/yUFDIC0YaG
— kunken (@kunkken) May 30, 2019
A not-yet-viewable video file contains metadata references to Baldur’s Gate 3, Wizards of the Coast, and the familiar line “gather your party.” Those three simple clues paint a pretty clear picture. It almost sounds too good to be true, so hopefully, it isn’t. The IP and studio are such a smart fit for one another.
For years now fans have waited patiently for the full return of Baldur’s Gate beyond Beamdog’s enhanced editions, and after some false starts, Larian could very well be the best-case scenario. For his part, inXile Entertainment founder Brian Fargo – who said in 2018 that he knew which studio was working on “BG3“ – has referenced today’s news in a tweet, saying, “And here it comes…“
We’ll see what’s up at E3. Either way, the PC Gaming Show on Monday, June 10 is a likely candidate for an announcement. Separate from the potential Baldur’s Gate business, Larian also has Divinity: Fallen Heroes, a tactical spin-off of sorts, due out later this year. They’re keeping busy up in Belgium.