It looks like Baldur's Gate 3 has been delayed by another week from its planned release on September 30th. Initially, when the game was announced to hit Early Access at the end of this month, Larian Studios stated that the date is not definite, and could be delayed again. Well, it looks like it has been postponed.
The announcement came from Larian Studios' official Twitter account.
We have bad news, and good news. But first, the bad news! We're delaying to October 6, by a week. We'll be back later today with the romance & companionship update to pick you all up again. pic.twitter.com/j2NOEk4jAiSeptember 23, 2020
The official statement reads:
It's the year 2020! We're launching an active development build, which means that things can go right, or they can go wrong each time we compile a new one. Live development is different to "going gold" in that you never really have a "gold version."
Our guiding principle for early access is that it's fine for there to be smaller bugs or a few things that are lacking polish, but it needs to offer a fun gameplay experience with as few crashes as possible.
We're nearly there but we had a few unexpected delays, and we still have some stability issues we're shifting through. Becasue of the delays, our translations are also later than expected and we want to ensure localization for the announced Early Access languages is strong enough for our international fans to have a good time.
We say "expect" because the game still has to pass the "World Tester." The World Tester is a sort of AI super-gamer that plays through the game at incredible speed, stress testing everything and pushing it to its limits. This super-gamer is currently playing through, and the results are looking good but not perfect yet. We know that if the super-gamer doesn't break the game, there's less chance that you will. Not that we have any illusions you won't try!
As a result of all the testing that's been going on, we do now have our PC minimum requirements for day 1, and you can check those on the store pages. Early access is going to launch on October 6th on Stadia, Steam, and GOG. It is. It really is."
It looks like the game has been delayed to iron out some issues. This will allow players to have a decently enjoyable experience when they finally get to play the game in early access, instead of playing a game that is riddled with bugs and crashes. However, Larian Studios mentioned that Early Access would be just that, an early build of the game, and thus bugs and crashes will most likely be present. They want to make sure that most of them are fixed before the Early Access date!
Larian Studios is the same studio behind the Divinity RPG series. Knowing that they have taken over the reins for the next iteration of the Baldur's Gate series has many excited, including myself!