Baldur’s Gate 3 development has “slowed”, but Early Access still starts in 2020

Baldur's Gate 3 has faced delays due to COVID-19, but you'll still be able to play it this year

Baldur’s Gate 3 will be somewhat delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it seems the developers still plan for the Early Access launch date to hit this year. At PAX East in February, developer Larian said that the game would hit early release “in a couple of months”, but it looks like we’ll be waiting a bit longer than that.

“Development is proceeding,” Larian chief Swen Vincke tells the New York Times. “We’re just slowed down.” Vincke says that the studio is operating at 70 to 80% of its normal production capacity, and that the team is still working out how to organise and manage itself while working from home.

Despite that, Baldur’s Gate 3 is still on track to launch in Early Access in 2020. Vincke adds on Twitter that his “first New York Times interview was not exactly about what I would’ve imagined, but it does bring some good news: While we’re slowed down, development on BG3 keeps on progressing and we still expect EA this year.”

The proper, full Baldur’s Gate 3 release date remains some uncertain date in the future, but at least we can count on some playable version of the game landing in 2020.

Larian has already proven itself capable of building many of the best RPG games on PC, so hopefully we’ll soon see how BG3 measures up to those expectations.