Larian Studios isn't making Baldur's Gate 3 DLC, or a new game in the franchise

Larian Studios isn't making Baldur's Gate 3 DLC, or a new game in the franchise
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Lloyd Coombes

Published 

21st Mar 2024 22:36

If you thought Baldur's Gate 3 was the best game of last year (we certainly did) and were desperate for more D&D adventures, then there's mixed news.

While Baldur's Gate as an IP is likely not going anywhere (especially after the success the game is still enjoying), it appears it won't be Larian Studios helming it going forward.

Larian Studios stepping away from Baldur's Gate

The news comes via way of a GDC panel today where Larian's founder Swen Vincke said that team is moving away from the series - despite many hoping DLC, or even a sequel, could be coming.

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breaking news out of GDC2024: @larianstudios Swen Vincke announces no new expansions for baldursgate3, and no baldursgate4. He said they will be moving on to a new project. Watch his statement here.

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"Baldur's Gate 3 will always have a warm spot in our hearts," Vincke says in the video above.

"But we're not going to continue it. We're not going to make new expansions, which everybody's expecting us to do.

"We're not going to make Baldur's Gate 4 which everybody's expecting us to do. We're going to move on, we're going to move away from D&D, we're going to start making a new thing".

Vincke also notes that the future of Baldur's Gate will rest with Wizards of the Coast because they own the IP, saying "for us, it's time to get a new puppy".

More Baldur's Gate was considered

In an interview with GameSpot at GDC, Vincke explained how continuing with Baldur's Gate wouldn't have been true to Larian's identity.

"That's not what we were made for," he said.

"That's literally the opposite of what Larian is about. We want to do big, new things. We don't want to rehash the thing that we've done already."

Baldur's Gate 3 launched in 2023 but the early access process for the fantasy mega-hit began in 2020. That was three years after the launch of Divinity: Original Sin II, which was itself a fantastic RPG that you should go back and play if you're sad we won't be getting a Baldur's Gate 4 from the team anytime soon.

It's OK, though - you can steel yourself with news that console mod support could be coming, and, uh, that really saucy free DLC that arrived on Valentine's Day.

Lloyd is GGRecon's Editor-in-Chief, having previously worked at Dexerto and Gfinity, and occasionally appears in The Daily Star newspaper. A big fan of loot-based games including Destiny 2 and Diablo 4, when he's not working you'll find him at the gym or trying to play Magic The Gathering.

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