- Larian Studios will continue to release bug fixes and updates for Baldur’s Gate 3 in 2024, with a focus on addressing issues in the Xbox version of the game.
- Cross-play functionality between PC, PlayStation, and Xbox is a priority for Larian Studios and may be implemented in 2024.
- Fans can expect the release of new physical merchandise related to Baldur’s Gate 3, including the highly anticipated Deluxe Edition of the game in Q1 2024.
Baldur’s Gate 3 was one of the most successful and highest-praised games of 2023, and developer Larian Studios have shown no signs of stopping in the new year. The forecast for 2024 includes continued bug fixes, new merchandise, the long-awaited release of the game’s physical Deluxe Edition, and possibly new content, including material teased by the recently released epilogue. While Larian may be moving on to other, as yet unannounced projects following Baldur’s Gate 3‘s runaway success, there is still plenty to come for the popular RPG in 2024.
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Continued Bug Fixes
Since the game’s official release in August, Larian Studios has been dedicated to squashing bugs that occasionally plague the massive RPG. So far, the game has had several patches, handling issues including improperly triggering dialogue and lag within the crowded city of Baldur’s Gate itself. It is almost certain that 2024 will feature continued regular patches and fixes from Larian, especially with the recent release of Baldur’s Gate 3 for Xbox Series X/S. Currently, Larian is working to address issues of save corruption and deletion in the Xbox version of the game.
Cross-Play – PC, PlayStation, and Xbox
Currently, cross-play is not available for Baldur’s Gate 3. However, Larian Studios has previously stated that implementing cross-play is a priority, especially with the game’s rich multiplayer experience and new availability on Xbox consoles in addition to PlayStation and PC. It seems likely that this update is high on Larian’s list of things to do in 2024, and will be implemented before the end of the year. So far, there is no official announcement regarding when cross-play will be coming to Baldur’s Gate 3, but it is definitely possible that Larian may surprise fans by suddenly revealing it, much as it did the new epilogue content in Patch 5.
Many New Physical Items
Unfortunately, Baldur’s Gate 3’s initial release in mid-2023 was primarily digital-only, and was not accompanied by official merchandise from Larian Studios. However, the studio has been working to rectify that, and 2024 brings with it the promise of several new physical items related to Baldur’s Gate 3 for collectors to enjoy.
The Deluxe Edition
Described by Larian as “Baldur’s Gate 3‘s release to the mortal plane,” the Deluxe Edition of the game was announced earlier in 2023. It is currently scheduled for a Q1 2024 release in America, Europe, and Oceania, and will be available in PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox editions. In addition to a physical version of the game, the Deluxe Edition includes the Divinity-related Digital Deluxe content, a digital art book and character sheets for the Origin characters, the game’s soundtrack in both physical and digital form, a map of Faerun, 32 stickers, two patches, a poster, and a sturdy box for storing all the goodies.
Just before Christmas, Larian released an official Baldur’s Gate 3 logo t-shirt via its official site. The studio indicated that this was not the only piece of merchandise it plans to release for the game, and that it is currently working with artists to produce additional items. These could potentially include more clothing pieces, art prints, small items like keychains or buttons, tote bags, and more. Given the game’s Dungeons and Dragons origins, miniatures or larger figurines featuring the game’s playable characters are also a possibility. A “Game of the Year” edition of the game, with different goodies than the Deluxe Edition, is also possible following Baldur’s Gate 3 claiming that prestigious award.
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New Content: Free Updates Or DLC
With the release of Patch 5 and its associated epilogue party, some might wonder if Larian has officially declared its work on Baldur’s Gate 3 over and the game’s story officially complete. However, nothing has been confirmed, and it is definitely possible that the developers have more in store for 2024. While another major content update seems unlikely, it should not be ruled out entirely. Faerun is a massive world, and there are still plenty of adventures to be had.
One possibility for 2024 is new content for Minthara, a late-joining companion who was until recently exclusive to playthroughs where players made primarily evil-aligned decisions. As of Patch 5, “good” players can now also recruit Minthara, but she is still lacking in dialogue and content compared to other companions, especially when chosen as the player’s romantic partner. Other options could include expanded content for “evil” players, who lose out on several party members, and expansion to some Act 3 quests that currently end rather abruptly.
Swen Vincke and the Larian team have not yet made a definitive statement about whether Baldur’s Gate 3 will have DLC. Should DLC be added, though, there are several options. The game could expand to include other Forgotten Realms locations such as Neverwinter or Icewind Dale. A new adventure could be added featuring Karlach’s journey into Avernus to repair her infernal engine. The enigmatic Withers could also call on the characters to aid him in another adventure, such as a possible encounter with Cyric hinted at by a mysterious note in the epilogue.
Other Possibilities For 2024
In addition to the points mentioned above, there are a few other things Baldur’s Gate 3 fans could potentially expect to see in 2024, as Larian has shown a dedication to surprising its fans and creating humorous tie-in materials.
- More animated shorts featuring the characters, similar to the three previously released.
- More tie-in events such as the High Rollers D&D oneshot in which the six Origin characters’ actors participated.
- Surprises like the Advent Calendar released in December 2023, which featured a new mini-story and downloadable music including a Christmas version of “Down by the River.”
- Many of the game’s actors continuing to stream their playthroughs of Baldur’s Gate 3 on sites like Twitch.
- Interviews and developers’ chats providing a deeper behind the scenes look at Baldur’s Gate 3.
- The potential development of a live action or animated television adaptation of the game, as Netflix has previously expressed interest in creating such a show.
Baldur’s Gate 3
- Baldur’s Gate
- August 3, 2023
- M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Violence
- How Long To Beat
- 30 Hours
- Split Screen Orientation
- Vertical Only
- Number of Players
- PS Plus Availability
- Local Co-Op Support
- 1-2 Players