Watch a D&D Mind Flayer come to life
Sequel coming to PC, Google Stadia
Larian Studios, the creators of Divinity: Original Sin, are now developing and publishing Baldur’s Gate III for PC and the new Google Stadia system, based Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition tabletop roleplaying game mechanics.
A graphic announcement teaser video released online Thursday reveals a Mind Flayer, an iconic D&D monster of the sinister Underdark, being born on the surface, marking the return of a malevolent presence to the city of Baldur’s Gate — one intent on devouring it from the inside out and corrupting everything that remains in the Forgotten Realms, a popular fantasy RPG campaign world setting.
“Created in close collaboration with the Dungeons & Dragons team at Wizards of the Coast, Baldur’s Gate III is based off current D&D mechanics and spells and is the official new chapter in the legendary series.
“Baldur’s Gate III will push the boundaries of the RPG genre and offer a rich narrative with unparalleled player freedom, high-stakes decisions, unique companion characters and memorable combat. It is Larian Studios’ biggest production ever and will be playable together with friends or as a single-player adventure.
“The teaser trailer shows a return of a malevolent presence to Baldur’s Gate, intent on devouring it from the inside out, corrupting everything that remains in the Forgotten Realms. Alone you may resist, but together you can overcome. Gather your party.”LARIAN STUDIOS/WIZARDS OF THE COAST
“Baldur’s Gate means so much to so many people. It’s a great responsibility but I think we’re ready for it,” said Swen Vincke, creative director at Larian Studios. “We’re all about creating reactive, systemic worlds that respect player agency and having a chance to apply our team’s skillset in a universe as rich as Dungeons & Dragons is a lot of fun. We’re working very closely with Wizards to bring an unprecedented level of immersion to the realm of Faerun and I can’t wait to show the world what our team cooked up.”
“Partnering with Larian, a studio that combines a remarkable history of critically-acclaimed titles with a genuine passion for one of the most iconic locations in Dungeons & Dragons, has been a terrific experience,” said Chris Cocks, president of Wizards of the Coast. “We believe fans of the Baldur’s Gate saga – and even those new to the series – will be thrilled to step into this epic story.”
The Forgotten Realms city of Baldur’s Gate is also the setting of the next tabletop D&D storyline, the diabolical epic adventure Descent Into Avernus.
According to a report from Polygon, the tabletop story will serve as a prequel or lead-in to Baldur’s Gate 3.