A full 20 years after the last game in the series, Baldur's Gate 3 is finally ready to launch in Early Access this week. Developed by Larian, the studio behind the excellent Divinity: Original Sin games, Baldur's Gate 3 builds on Divinity's strong RPG core with an updated ruleset that closely follows D&D 5th Edition. A lot has changed since the original games, but Larian aims to capture the familiar freedom of Baldur's Gate in its modern take.
Unfortunately, Baldur's Gate 3 isn't dropping all at once. It's starting out in Early Access with a full release coming a year or more down the road. Early Access starts tomorrow, but when exactly can you start playing?
When you can play Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access in your time zone
BG3 releases 10am PT Tuesday on Stadia, Steam (Mac/PC), and GoG.October 5, 2020
Larian has confirmed on Twitter that Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access will go live on Tuesday, October 6 at 10 AM PDT on Steam, GOG, and Google Stadia. As a last-minute surprise, Larian also confirmed that the Steam Mac version will be dropping at the same time. Here's that time converted to a few other regions:
- Pacific Daylight Time (US) - 10/6 at 10:00 AM
- Eastern Daylight Time (US) - 10/6 at 1:00 PM
- British Summer Time (UK) - 10/6 at 6:00 PM
- Australian Standard Time (AUS) - 10/7 at 4:00 AM
If you don't see your timezone in the list above, head to the countdown timer link to see the release time automatically adjusted to your region. Because Baldur's Gate 3 is launching in Early Access on Steam, the game does not support pre-orders or pre-loading. That's a shame considering the game's 150GB storage requirement, but the current build is apparently about 80GB.
Be sure to catch up on everything we know about Baldur's Gate 3 before diving into the game. Also check out our dedicated guides for Baldur's Gate 3 classes and Baldur's Gate 3 races, both of which will see expansions throughout Early Access.