Watch a Baldur's Gate 3 character break right through the fourth wall like the Kool-Aid Man

There are a lot of easter eggs and oddities in Baldur's Gate 3 and it seems like there's plenty left to uncover yet. For instance, one dataminer has just managed to trigger a dialogue scene in which bestest barbarian Karlach becomes aware she's a character in a game and looks right through the screen into your soul.

It begins with Karlach suggesting she try something she learned from a cleric of Zariel, a technique for looking into someone's eyes and determining whether they're telling the truth or not. Things go awry almost immediately when she stops looking at the character, and instead stares at the player.

If you play along with her questions, Karlach gets more than she bargained for, and has a glimpse of reality. "I see… a great web," she says. "Intersecting lines—permutations—and behind them, chaos. And then the hand that decides: yes, no. But it barely knows itself." What's more, she sees her own place in that web. "I'm stuck here, forever. In these tangled lines, in these hundred hours, or less, or more…"

More than a hundred hours for those of us on our second playthroughs, that's for sure. Karlach finishes by seeming to embody the developers for a second. "You're having fun, aren't you?" she asks the player directly. You're free to answer in several different ways, but if you care enough to make it to this point I can only assume you're having plenty of fun. I know I am.

It feels fitting for a scene like this to happen in a Baldur's Gate game. After all, Baldur's Gate 2 had a party of adventurers who had been turned to stone you could rescue and give a quest to who would then try to double-cross you, fail, and reload their save. Not to mention poke lines like Xzar's "Stop touching me!" and Jaheira's "Yes, oh omnipresent authority figure?" (Karlach has one in Baldur's Gate 3 when you on her, sometimes saying, "Don't. Poke. The Karlach.")

This Baldur's Gate 3 easter egg scene was uncovered and posted to YouTube by Chubblot, who also posted a fuller version of the scene showing the outcome of every dialogue option. Interestingly, when they first posted it to Twitter, assuming it was cut content, Karlach's voice actor Samantha Béart responded to explain that it's still in the game. "Congrats on finding this," she wrote, "perhaps I'll talk about it when someone triggers this organically (rather than yanking the file and then getting confused about context)".

Guess we'll just have to bring Karlach along in every playthrough until we find out how to trigger this dialogue then. That won't really be a problem, she came in top of our ranking of Baldur's Gate 3 party members after all.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.