Baldur’s Gate 3 adds Active Roll, Background Goals, and more on July 13

The Active Roll system in Baldur's Gate 3

Playing your role gets more rewards

Baldur’s Gate 3 has been carrying in Early Access, and today, Larian Studios announced the changes coming in Patch 5 of the RPG. Arriving on July 13, the patch will change up more about Baldur’s Gate 3‘s dice rolls, as well as its AI and the role-playing rewards for your character. The first notable update is the Baldur’s Gate 3 Active Roll system.

The usage of dice rolls has been a frequent topic of discussion around Baldur’s Gate 3, and the Active Roll looks to enhance and clarify your die rolls a bit more. Active Roll will let you, or your party members, cast spells and apply bonuses to their rolls, as well as see modifiers and status effects directly within the UI.

Background Goals are another big update. Character creation already includes selecting a background, but now, there will be small opportunities to play into your role for rewards. So being folksy and heroic, for example, will benefit players who chose the Folk Hero background.

The Camp system is also getting changed. Rather than always heading out into the wilderness, Mini Camps will allow you to have context-dependent alternatives for camp, like the Chapel or the Underdark. There are also Camp Resources, so when you go to sleep, you’ll have to choose what to eat, determining whether you’ll have a shallow or full rest.

There’s even more granular changes, like being able to break concentration and separating jump from disengage. Characters are also getting some “point-and-click” dialogue for navigating the world, and there will even be a Non-Lethal Attack Mode, for the pacifists out there.

The full patch notes will arrive on patch day, July 13, but it’s a pretty hefty update, and Larian founder Swen Vincke says at the end of today’s update video that the studio is already working on Patch 6. While a full launch is still a ways off, each update of Baldur’s Gate 3 has been pretty exciting to follow. I think next Tuesday will be a nice day to start a new save.

For more on how Larian Studio has been approaching the development of Baldur’s Gate 3, check out our interview with Vincke from earlier this year.

Eric Van Allen