Larian Studios has announced that the long-awaited third game in the Baldur’s Gate series finally has a release date. Well, an early access date anyway.
Opening the gate
It’s been a long while since we’ve gotten a Baldur’s Gate title. Despite being one of the most highly regarded RPG series’ ever, it came to an abrupt end with BG2. Outside of the remasters that hit consoles and the PC a while back, gamers haven’t been able to dig into the Dungeons & Dragons realm since 2000.
That is to say, until next month. Larian Studios has been hard at work on the third Baldur’s Gate title, and will be bringing the game to audiences in the form of an Early Access release for PC and Stadia, on September 30th.
The status update was delivered by way of a livestream dubbed the “Panel from Hell”. There was a reason for the name too, since it showed off a particularly gruesome new scene from the game.
A highlight of the Panel From Hell was the “lobotomy scene,” a new gameplay snippet shown during the stream. As players attempt to seize control of the nautiloid, they find a corpse with its brain exposed. The brain itself seems to address the player, asking them to free it. At this point, players can decide to get their hands dirty, extracting the brain from the skull, which leads to the discovery that it’s not a brain at all, but rather a trapped Intellect Devourer. These creatures feed on the intelligence of sentient beings, taking over their victims’ bodies on behalf of their Mind Flayer masters.Larian Studios
You can check out the full Panel from Hell below. Just be warned, it’s around 2 hours long.