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What Makes Baldur's Gate 3 A True Sequel, According To Lead Writer Adam Smith

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Baldur's Gate 3 is releasing later this year, and fans of the series have been excited to discover new details about the game. With a plethora of Dungeons and Dragons video games out there though, what makes Baldur's Gate 3 a true sequel? Lead Writer Adam Smith recently filled Screen Rant in on what makes the third entry in the series an actual followup to Baldur's Gate 2.

Hasbro announced that the title would be coming to Steam Early Access later this year. In addition to this news, they also revealed that the game would not be exclusive to any platform, and therefore could potentially come to consoles at a later date. Yesterday, during PAX East, fans were given the first gameplay footage of Baldur's Gate 3. The game's reveal footage showed that the game would feature turn-based combat, as well as give players access to D&D style mechanics like attacks of opportunity. The environments have also gotten a considerable graphical update since the last game released.

During an interview that Screen Rant did with Lead Writer Adam Smith, he was asked what makes Baldur's Gate 3 a true sequel to the other games in the series. In his opinion, it is Baldur's Gate 3 because of the emphasis it puts on the previous games' stories while still being its own separate thing. Smith believes that the previous storyline has ended, and rather than retconning or picking up random plot threads, his team wanted to work on something completely new. Smith says, "There were scars left by these events. But there's a new conflict with new adversaries. There are new movements in the world, or in the worlds, that will create new adventures and opportunities, new threats."

The reason why this is such a tricky question though is that there have been dozens of Dungeons & Dragons games over the years set within the same universe. It is particularly important to note that both the Sword Coast and Neverwinter Nights series are both set in the Forgotten Realms, just like Baldur's Gate. Smith acknowledged that Baldur's Gate 3 could have been a sequel to either one of those games. Once again though, he believes that the team's focus on the previous Baldur's Gate games' story makes it fit much better within that series.

Baldur's Gate is one of the most beloved RPG game series of all time. Since the series has been around for two decades and has experienced several remakes and expansions, more and more new fans discover the series every year. The recent resurgence of popularity for Dungeons & Dragons has only increased the demand for games set within this universe. Hopefully, Baldur's Gate 3 can deliver when it releases later this year.

Baldur's Gate 3 will release later this year on Steam Early Access.

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