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Baldur’s Gate 3 will hit early access this year

Fans eagerly anticipating Baldur’s Gate 3 have another significant hint that they’ll be able to play the Dungeons & Dragons game later this year. At an investor event at the New York Toy Fair this week, Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast revealed that Larian’s Baldur’s Gate 3 is scheduled to launch in early access some time in 2020.

Of course, this isn’t the first hint we’ve had that the arrival of Baldur’s Gate 3 is nigh. Earlier this month, Google let it slip that Baldur’s Gate 3 would be available on Stadia later this year. Larian told us that the inclusion of Baldur’s Gate 3 in the Stadia lineup was a mistake, but stopped short of denying that the game was scheduled for release this year.

The investor event, covered by Bell of Lost Souls, provides even more support for the idea that we’ll be seeing Baldur’s Gate 3 this year – although perhaps only in early access form. That’s an important caveat for a heavily narrative roleplaying game, since many players will likely want their first experience of Baldur’s Gate 3 to be with the complete game.

There’s not much more we actually know about Baldur’s Gate 3 yet, aside from the fact that it will feature a co-op multiplayer mode.

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License-holder Hasbro says there are a total of seven Dungeons & Dragons games in development, and the plan right now is to release at least one per year through 2025. The other one we know of now is Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, which was revealed at the 2019 Game Awards.

We’re looking forward to seeing more of Baldur’s Gate 3 at PAX East next week.