Current Consoles Cannot Handle Baldur’s Gate 3 According to Developer

Current Consoles Cannot Handle Baldur’s Gate 3 According to Developer

Last updated on March 5th, 2020

If you were looking forward to seeing Baldur’s Gate 3 be released on the current console generation, Xbox One and PS4, well it looks like it won’t happen according to the developer.

Current Consoles Cannot Handle Baldur’s Gate III According to Developer

In a recent article by Eurogamer, executive producer David Walgrave explained that they didn’t think “that current-gen consoles would be able to run it” and this is mainly due to there being a whole bunch of “technical upgrades” made to the engine used for Baldur’s Gate 3.

While not all hopes are dashed, Walgrave shared that if they were to make it work on current consoles, they would need to “tone down the textures and this and that and it wouldn’t look as cool anymore”.

At PAX East 2020, we got to have a look at a 3 hour presentation, showing some of the upcoming gameplay, mechanics, and more for Baldur’s Gate 3. Our initial impressions are that it looks a lot like Divinity Original Sin 2, but of course with an upgraded engine with some very nice graphics. But there is a lot more to it, so if you want to know more, we have a whole impressions video.

But this isn’t the final look for BG3, according to Larian there is still a lot of polish that is needed for the game. There is definitely a lot of experience on board for development, with Walgrave sharing that the cinematic producer and director are from Telltale.

So, if you see that – and if you see all the technical stuff that has gone into our engine – I would call it a triple-A game. It has a triple-A budget, has a triple-A team by now, and I think that is our aspiration.

As for whether it will come to a handheld device such as the Switch, that is also not currently part of the plan. In an article by Polygon, Walgrave expressed that the main focus is for PC:

We’re currently focusing on PC. We’ll start thinking about other platforms as soon as this one is done.

So while this doesn’t completely rule out PS4, Xbox One or even Switch, it sounds like there would be a lot of compromise when it comes to graphics, downgrading to run on consoles.

If you want to find out more about gameplay, mechanics, turn-based and more, you should check out our Baldur’s Gate III: Everything We Know So Far (Gameplay & Mechanics).

For all the latest info you can drop by our Baldur’s Gate 3 wiki.


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2 comments on “Current Consoles Cannot Handle Baldur’s Gate 3 According to Developer”

  1. Nickolaidas says:

    Or maybe, like, you know, just, MAYBE … it will be released on the PS5 and X Series X?

  2. Turnbasedgamer says:

    For the EA it sounds like it’s going to be on PC (Steam) and Google Stadia. Given the emphasis on upgraded graphics sounds like if you have a low-end rig you’re gonna have to go with Stadia for the EA. I guess you either buy a new rig or get Stadia? These seem like limiting options for many…


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