‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ Early Access will be $60 at launch

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Baldur’s Gate 3 is coming to Early Access end of the month. Even in its initial development, Larian Studios announced that the game would be a full US$60 at launch.

Larian Studios director of publishing Michael Douse warned players on Twitter. In a tweet, he cautions fans of buying Baldur’s Gate 3 for the simple fear of missing out. He notes how players shouldn’t join Early Access due to FOMO, because it’s not going to disappear.

Full-priced Baldur’s Gate means community involvement

In many cases, game studios start their Early Access at lower prices for a few reasons. First, devs believe the game usually doesn’t have a ton of gameplay value yet. They treat Early Access as a sort of public alpha, which they compensate with lower prices.

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Eventually, over the title’s lifespan, studios increase their prices once more content is available. There’s also common knowledge that Early Access means incomplete games. It’s very rare for studios to charge full price if they believe their product is not yet complete.

Larian Studios is making the opposite approach to it. With the $60 price tag tucked on the game, only a select group of players will buy the title. Many of these players are long-time fans, hardcore gamers, or stakeholders in the community.

Someone buying Baldur’s Gate at launch would likely want creative input into the title. They will participate in the forums, focus tests with the devs, and do bug testing. The hefty price at the gate removes potential buyers who won’t participate.

BG3 to add Twitch voting integration

Baldur’s Gate 3 will come to Early Access and will include a few community integrations. Chief among those will be a “funky Twitch integration” that will allow voting. Larian Studios did the same thing during their August panel.

“BG3 EA gonna launch with some funky Twitch integration that’ll allow you to vote on certain things – bit like what we did in the Panel From Hell but all proper,” said Douse on Twitter. “We’ll talk about it, and multiplayer, later. Bringing people together, one roll at a time.”

“Also, the price will be $59.99. Don’t feel pressured to buy it during EA. It’s not going to disappear, and neither are we. Eventually, it’ll be a very large game. Though EA is 25 hours of one play-through, the final game will be *does brain math* a lot longer.”

Long-time RPG fans are happy to jump into Baldur’s Gate 3 as soon as possible. Those dedicated to the series know that the $60 they put in will be worth it. Every penny sunk into Baldur’s Gate should result in a ton of fun in the long run.

Images courtesy of Larian Studios/YouTube Screenshot

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