"Be Wary of Preordering Baldur's Gate 3 Anywhere", Says Larian

If you’ve caught a glimpse of a Baldur’s Gate 3 preorder deal that might have been too good to be true, it probably is. At least this is what Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian Studios’ Director of Publishing, Michael Douse (@Cromwelp), said on Twitter on Saturday, August 1.

“Be wary of preordering BG3 anywhere right now. We won’t have a pre-order period. We have no plans to work with retail yet, and no 3rd party distributors. Haven’t announced a price or date. We can’t guarantee you’ll get anything from them.”, reads the tweet sent by Douse on the matter.

Douse goes on to explain that Larian Studios isn’t actually able to verify store stock as, once again, no keys for Baldur’s Gate 3 will exist prior to (early access) retail launch. So while some of those deals might be, in fact, legitimate—  or rather, legitimate sometime down the line— there’s no way that retailers can currently get those keys to stock preorders with in the first place.

As Larian has been hyping up an early access launch of Baldur’s Gate 3 set vaguely for August, this has come as something of an unpleasant surprise for fans, some of whom have taken to Twitter to express concern that the launch will be postponed indefinitely.

Luckily, Douse hasn’t skipped a beat, jumping right back into the Twittersphere to quell any fears that this might be the case.

“Big news very soon” could mean that we’ll be getting an official release date for the early access build “very soon”, or some other kind of announcement is waiting just around the corner. Either way, it’s easy to get excited about Larian’s latest project.

Initially crafted by the BioWare of yesteryear, Baldur’s Gate 1 (1998) and 2 (2000) remain pinnacles of the computer RPG genre, defining much of what roleplaying games have transformed into over the past several decades. Now that the Baldur’s Gate IP finally makes a return with a third iteration under Larian’s creative direction, coming hot off the heels of Larian’s wildly successful and deeply innovative Divinity: Original Sin 2, it’s no surprise that so many CRPG fans are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on the long-awaited Baldur’s Gate 3.

Once again, an early access version of BG3 is promised to release on Windows and Google Stadia sometime “soon”.

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