The wait is almost over for Xbox gamers eager to get their hands on the critically acclaimed RPG Baldur’s Gate 3. According to an exclusive interview with IGN, Larian Studios director Swen Vincke confirmed that the game will hit the Xbox Series X|S between September and October of this year.
PC gamers have been exploring the mythical world of Baldur’s Gate 3 since last August, and PlayStation 5 owners joined them more recently. Now, with Vincke’s announcement, Xbox players can finally start marking their calendars. “It’s 2023. And 2023 is narrowing, so it’s already pretty precise in my book. Between September and November… So, as fast as we can, honestly,” Vincke told IGN. Given that we’re already into September, this means the long-anticipated Xbox launch is just around the corner.
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Larian Studios provided an explanation for the delayed Xbox release, citing issues with split-screen co-op functionality on the less capable Xbox Series S. Although the game will be released on both the Xbox Series X and Series S, the split-screen co-op feature will initially only be available on the Series X.
Vincke revealed that the Series X version was virtually ready to launch but said the team is in the “final stages of optimization.” According to the director, they are very close to finalizing all aspects of the game, suggesting that an official release date could be announced imminently.
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Despite the initial limitations of the Series S version, Larian Studios assures fans that they plan to continue working on resolving the split-screen co-op issue. The developers are committed to ensuring that all players get every thrill the title has in the box, no matter what console they use.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been universally hailed by critics and adored by fans. Its highly anticipated release on Xbox makes it one of the most eagerly awaited gaming events of the year. Though Xbox Series S owners will have to wait a bit longer for split-screen co-op, the fact that a release date is looming on the horizon is reason enough to rejoice.