Baldur’s Gate 3 has officially entered early access – with multiplayer (kinda)


With Cyberpunk 2077, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, and Baldur’s Gate 3 coming out this fall, it’s certainly shaping up to be the season of the RPG. And speaking of Baldur’s Gate 3, the long-awaited follow-up to BioWare’s 2000 masterpiece has just gone into early access.

Why does this matter to our crowd? It’s because players have the option to dive into BG3 either by themselves or as part of a party of friends. Or at least it’s meant to; bugs have apparently kept it largely unplayable, though Larian says it’s fixing those problems soon.

“We are aware of the multiplayer issues some players are currently experiencing. We are currently investigating the issues and working on a fix,” the team wrote on Steam. “For now, we suggest switching the game to DX11 instead of Vulkan. You can do so by clicking on the icon next to ‘play game’ on the launcher, and selecting DX11 mode. Leaving the tutorial level by activating the transponder at the helm while the player character is downed in combat will crash the game. In multiplayer, avoid saving the game during cinematics for the time being. Also, in multiplayer avoid listening in to a conversation in COOP that has ended. If the host saves directly after combat in multiplayer, the game may crash. Save with caution in multiplayer.”

Only the first act of Baldur’s Gate 3 is available during the early access period, and any save games will not transfer to the full release. The title has a $60 price point and has no set launch date, although the team anticipates it being in early access for a year or more.

According to the development team, the game “allows you to combine your forces in combat, and split your party to follow your own quests and agendas. Concoct the perfect plan together… or introduce an element of chaos when your friends least expect it.”

Source: Steam

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So first. I think Devs should consider other outlets for early access besides Steam. Objectively, reading through the comments clearly shows that most of those who post don’t know what early access is or troll to stroke their egos or have other agendas like generating views for themselves.

It is a cesspool with only a few nuggets of a real discussion that will make the game better.

I found just watching streams of the game much more enlightening with regard to whether or not now is the time to jump in and start playing BG3.

I haven’t decided but I think I am like to do it even at the price of 60 bucks. I don’t mind buying the game upfront if I have confidence that the game is going to deliver something I will pour hours into and enjoy.

BG3 is a beautiful game. The core game mechanics are solid. The incorporation of DnD is clear and meaningful for those of us who played pencil and paper. And as a successor to BG2 it is well on it’s way.

There are a lot of bugs. The pacing is slow. Combat is a bit wonky right now as the rolls don’t always seem to be in sync with shown hit percentages. And the story provided thus far is limited.

But in general, it is great start for those interested in this type of game. Will it continue to improve and live up to the BG legacy? Is it worth 60 bucks to find out? OR is it better just to wait it out? You have to decide.


I took part in the Early Access for D:OS2 and it was really interesting to see how much systems changed in response to large scale playtesting and player feedback.

I’m expecting a lot less of that here, since it’s all based on the D&D5e tabletop (which I’m not a fan of – much prefer D&D4e & Pathfinder 1e) and looks to be remaining very faithful to those rules, so will probably hold off till launch.

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Java Jawa

Looking forward to this, but not sold on an unfinished game. BG1 and 2 hold a special place in my rpg library. Hoping this will do some justice.


Game is buggy but fun (as solo). I’ll not touch multiplayer before fix but its ok.

I can foresee GM mode and RP servers like NWN 2.

Your Honor

This will end up being a very special game. It’s in early assess so I am a little puzzled why people are getting upset about bugs and features missing. Divinity Original Sin 2 went through exactly the same stuff.

The game is dope as hell though. Even with bugs :D


I’m going to hold off for a while. I’m very interested but it doesn’t seem ready based on what I’ve read.

Vincent Clark

I forked over the cash and gave it a shot. I can see myself losing many, many hours with this game. However, I will put it aside for now and wait for the final, polished product. But from what I’ve played so far, this game has a ridiculous amount of potential.

2Ton Gamer

I’m on the fence because some early reactions described some bland gameplay. I certainly hope not, but I shall still wait for it tighten up a bit.

Malcolm Swoboda

I’ll wait for at least next year, maybe 2022-23 definitive edition we know is going to happen.

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The intro of this game might be the furthest from “kill 10 rats” I’ve ever seen an rpg start out