Baldur's Gate 3 Reveal showcases intricate combat and more

Revealed Baldur's Gate 3 looks epic, race, class details and more revealed in stream.

News by Paul Wilson
Published 28th February 2020

As we reported last week, tonight saw the first gameplay footage revealed for upcoming RPG Baldur’s Gate 3. In what was an entertaining live stream.  Lead Developer Swen Vincke was the man at the controls, playing a pre-alpha build of the game.

This meant all kinds of features weren’t quite working as intended, resulting in things not really going to plan for Swen, to the amusement of the audience and the man himself.

During the live stream, Swen also reiterated that Baldur’s Gate 3 was heading for early access this year as we reported earlier in the week. But also stressed that no date had been set and we will be waiting at least “a few months”.

But what about the game itself, well here are some of the key points we picked out from the Baldur’s Gate 3 reveal.

When the game launches in to early access you will be able choose from 5 “origin” characters that are pre-made with their own background stories and skill sets. You will also be able to create your own custom character from races that include Dungeons & Dragons classic stalwarts such as human, dwarf and elves. These are joined by the lesser known githyanki, drow and tieflings. Then there are various mixes of these races such as half- drow, half-elf, well you get the picture. 

There will be 6 classes to play with one archetype each. More races, classes and archetypes will be released through a series of updates as early access progresses.

The Baldur’s Gated 3 reveal showcased an intricate turn-based combat system, that takes environmental factors in to consideration such as whether you are on high ground or not. There are plenty of special skills, spells and weapons to use so you can get creative with your attacks, creating combos that utilise your characters strengths and abilities.

Other notable features we picked out were being able to manipulate the environment to give yourself an advantage. See an explosive barrel? Dip your arrow into any fire source and boom!  Combat is always fought in an isometric view, but whilst moving you are able to switch to a third-person view to immerse yourself in the world. Movement can also be switched to the turn-based system allowing you to perform special skills in order to gain an advantage or sneak past enemies.

These are just the highlights we picked out, expect more coverage on Baldur’s Gate 3 later, for now here’s the video if the reveal in full.

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