Baldur's Gate 3 is starting Early Access on September 30


That’s the latest plan, anyway

It won’t be much longer before we’re chatting up squishy Intellect Devourers.

If you’re into Larian Studios enough to want to show up for Baldur’s Gate 3 on day one, rough edges and all, we now have a release date: the Early Access launch is set for September 30 on PC and Stadia.

[Update: Larian is charging $59.99 for Baldur’s Gate 3 in Early Access.]

The Early Access date was announced during a lengthy Panel From Hell with creative director Swen Vincke, senior writer Adam Smith, Wizards of the Coast’s Chris Perkins, and host Geoff Keighley.

At launch, the Early Access build of Baldur’s Gate 3 will have five Origin characters – Astarion (Elf/Vampire Rogue), Gale (Human Wizard), Lae’zel (Githyanki Warrior), Shadowheart (Half-Elf Cleric), and Wyll (Human Warlock) – as well as the option to create your own if that’s more your speed.

The game’s first act is “approximately 25 hours of self-contained content.” In a press release, Larian said to expect 80 combat encounters, 45,980 lines of dialogue, and 146 spells and actions, just to name a few figures. As for the Early Access time frame, the current estimate is “at least one year.”

The recommended specs – Intel i7 4770k / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X, 16 GB RAM, and Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB / AMD RX580 – are “subject to change” and “might decrease over the course of Early Access.”