Baldur’s Gate 3 is a modern entry in the celebrated CRPG series from the 1990s. Based on Dungeons and Dragons, and placed in the DnD setting of The Forgotten Realms, Baldur’s Gate 3 has you build a character – choosing from a wide range of classic races and classes – and sets you off fighting, exploring, schmoozing, and generally adventuring your way through an intriguing world and story.
Baldur’s Gate 3 came out in Early Access in October 2020, and since then has had a steady stream of content updates. This guide will ensure you’re up to speed with all the important release dates, along with everything else you need to know about the Baldur’s Gate 3 release date. Do check back, as we’ll be sure to update the page as and when new information comes to light. Until then, check out some of our other content from the world of DnD. Whether you want DnD classes or Baldur’s Gate 3 classes, we’ve got you covered. We can also advise on everything from DnD races to DnD character sheets.
Here’s everything you need to know about Baldur’s Gate 3:
Baldur’s Gate 3 release date
Baldur’s Gate 3 was initially released in early access on October 7 2020. Since then, it’s had multiple patches, adding all kinds of content to the game, from new classes to fresh questlines. For an early access title, it’s already pretty feature-rich.
As for Baldur’s Gate 3’s full release date, a D&D Direct video livestream back in May revealed that it will be coming out in 2023, but no specific date (or even a specific month) was announced. That all changed on December 8 at the 2022 Game Awards, which shared a trailer that announced August 2023 as the release window for Baldur’s Gate 3.
In a blog update from November, Larian assured fans that the game is on-track for a 2023 release. The post also says Acts 2 and 3 of the game are actively being playtested. These weren’t part of the game’s latest update, though patch 9 did bring some big changes.
After Larian shared a Minsc and Boo trailer ahead of the 2022, we learned that the heroes of Baldur’s Gate, Minsc and Boo, would also be making an appearance – and Minsc is voiced by none other than Matt Mercer!
Baldur’s Gate 3 updates
Patch #9 was released on Wednesday, December 14. Named ‘Holy Knight’, it predictably adds the DnD Paladin to the game, along with its two subclasses. If you’re not one for praying to 5e gods, there’s still plenty to be pleased about in the latest patch. Larian’s revamped the reaction system in combat, and raised the game’s level cap to level 5.
Prior to December 2022, the most recent major Baldur’s Gate 3 update was Patch #8. This added the DnD Bard class and DnD Gnome species to the game, along with new hairstyles, and most importantly… shovels! It came out on July 7, 2022. Prior to this, we had Patch #7, on February 15, which brought the DnD Barbarian class to Baldur’s Gate 3, and revamped the game’s animations.
Past patches have been used by Larian as an opportunity to flesh out Baldur’s Gate 3’s roster of D&D races and classes, and we can expect something similar for Patch 9. D&D classes that still need to be added to the game include the 5e Monk and DnD Artificer. On the races front, we’re still missing Dragonborn, and Half-Orcs.
Baldur’s Gate 3 platforms
For the most part, Baldur’s Gate 3 is exclusive to PC (and Stadia), at least right now. Larian has ruled out a release on last-gen consoles, so there’ll be no PS4 or Xbox One release, but the company hasn’t come down either way on the latest consoles. Either way, don’t expect a Baldur’s Gate 3 console release any time soon. After all, the finished PC version is still half a year away.