Watch the Baldur’s Gate 3 Opening Cinematic Video

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Baldur’s Gate 3 screenshot of a mind flayer (Courtesy of Larian Studios)

I’m a big fan of the Baldur’s Gate series and anything Dungeons & Dragons related to video games. I played them all from the gold box sets of Pool of Radiance to Black Isle Studio’s Baldur’s Gate and Icewind Dale Series. All of them are fun, addicting, and took hundreds of hours of my life.

The initial sneak peek trailer premiered at last year’s e3 was a bit of a letdown. It showed different characters in a mashup fleeing through cave tunnels as if Guy Ritchie directed the shots.

Larian Studios, the next generation of developers, released the Baldur’s Gate 3 opening cinematic video for the game. It’s not a letdown.

The video has a mind flayer enacting his plan for human enslavement. It raids Baldur’s Gate for victims in his flying Spelljammer-like sky machine. During the raid, a small group of dragon riders swoop in for an attack on the mind flayer and his ship. What is the mind flayer’s evil plan? It’s hinting at an unconscious mind layer on the ship.

Keeping with Baldur’s Gate tradition, Baldur’s Gate 3 will be a turn-based system role-playing game, which allows us to solve puzzles, sneak up on characters, and strategizing with hundreds of D&D spells and actions.

This new game will feature a 4-player online multiplayer setup and a split-screen couch co-op for two players. It should make it like a tabletop gaming atmosphere with the dice and miniatures.

There will be an interactive cinematic dialogue conversations that can affect the actions of the game and reputation.

Here’s the official synopsis of Baldur’s Gate 3:

We are in the Forgotten Realms, a land of many races and multiple divine beings. We know that the world is in turmoil of evil (gnolls, orcs, duergar, goblins, and drow) rampage along the Sword Coast, and the refugees swarm to Baldur’s Gate.

Amid all this chaos, a new cult is on the rise: the cult of the Absolute. Seeking to overthrow the old order, its shadowy network is chipping away at the Forgotten Realms foundations. Baldur’s Gate itself will be the first to fall.

That is where we come in: the players. And we’re off to a very inauspicious start indeed….

There is no set release date for Baldur’s Gate 3 at this time. According to the demo at the recent PAX East 2020, early access announcement will begin in the next few months, and it’s expected for a likely launch toward the end of this year.

For more information on Baldur’s Gate 3, visit its official web site here.

Check out the cinematic opening trailer and let us know what you think.

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Source: Larian Studios

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