Dev Claims Baldur’s Gate 3 Is Anomaly And Should Not Become New RPG Baseline

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Making Similarly Large Game Could Kill Studios!

Baldur’s Gate 3 is releasing next month, and the much anticipated RPG has already impressed millions of fans. With nearly 174 hours of cinematics due to a branching narrative, many believe the game is setting a new benchmark for the genre.

However, a developer disagrees with this opinion, claiming that Baldur’s Gate 3 is simply an anomaly.

Why it matters: With each new game, enthusiasts and fans hope for more content, bigger worlds, and detailed stories. Baldur’s Gate 3 appears to deliver in all of these areas, leading to concerns about future expectations from RPGs.

Xalavier Nelson Jr is the head of the game studio Strange Scaffold. The developer is also working as a Writer for Stranger Things VR. Following the excitement around Baldur’s Gate 3, he has shared his opinion on the game.

He stated: 

“This is not a new baseline for RPGs, this is an anomaly.”

He emphasized that Larian Studios has been working on the game since 2017, and the studio has experience from previous iterations of the franchise, both of which had similar ambitions.

Furthermore, Baldur’s Gate 3 has also been in early access for several years. This has led to crucial feedback from the community, allowing Larian Studios to make decisions to improve the final product.

The studio consists of 400 developers, and the franchise is set in the Dungeon and Dragons universe. All of this means that Larian Studios is in a unique position, being able to make a game as big as Baldur’s Gate 3.

Therefore, Xalavier Nelson Jr believes other studios would not be able to pull off a game with this kind of scope. He said:

“Trying to do the same thing, without the same advantages, could kill an entire group of studios.”

In the modern era, each new release is crucial for developers and publishers. AAA game budgets have skyrocketed, with games like The Last of Us Part 2 costing over $200 million.

Therefore, it is not surprising that Xalavier Nelson Jr believes an ambitious title like Baludr’s Gate 3 could kill a studio.

As such, the developer believes it would be unfair to compare other games with the latest work from Larian Studios.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is scheduled to release on PC on August 3, and the game has already reached the top of Steam’s best-sellers charts. Following the PC release, the game will make its way to PS5 on September 6.

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