A new Baldur’s Gate 3 patch and panel are on the way

Baldur's Gate 3

Patch 8 looms on the horizon

Larian Studios has another update on the way for its ongoing early access RPG Baldur’s Gate 3. A new Panel From Hell is on the way, unveiling the also-incoming Patch 8 for Baldur’s Gate 3.

The next Panel From Hell, Larian’s regular showcase for new Baldur’s Gate 3 content, will air on July 7 at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. You can follow the countdown and site here, or keep an eye on Larian’s Twitch channel. The company rented out a theatre in Ghent for the occasion, so expect at least a little bit of pageantry.

Panels From Hell usually coincide with new patches for Baldur’s Gate 3, and this one seems no different. Larian posted a PSA today for the upcoming Patch 8, confirming that this update will indeed render old saves incompatible. The team is keeping beta branches up so players can keep running their old files if they’d like, though with this new update, Larian will only keep the two most recent patches active. This means Patch 6 and 7, alongside the incoming Patch 8. You can find easy-to-follow instructions on opting into beta branches here.

A hefty update

Previous patches have added everything from new story content and areas to explore to new classes, though there’s not much of a hint what’ll happen in Patch 8.

What we do know is that it will be a fairly hefty update, file size-wise. Larian’s post says this update will be roughly 40 GB, bringing the total file size of Baldur’s Gate 3 up to 104 GB of storage space.

Whatever is on the way, I’m down for more. Larian has been up-front in saying that 2023 is its target for leaving Early Access, and I’m eager to see what it’s building up to for the full game.

Eric Van Allen