Baldur’s Gate 3 full release date: How long will the game be in Early Access, and when can you play Act 2?

When do we think Baldur’s Gate 3 will be complete?

by Jason Coles
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Baldur’s Gate 3 is already shaping up to be the kind of game that’ll change gaming going forwards, with players eagerly awaiting the Act 2 release.

The freedom it offers is unparalleled and the inclusion of seemingly simple things like jumping, shoving, and throwing, mean that you can play it in a different way each time.

The most impressive thing about that is that the game is still in the very early stages of Early Access, and that means it’s only going to get better as time goes on.

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How long will it be before the next big update drops, and how long can we expect to wait for the full game?

When is the Baldur’s Gate 3 Act 2 Release Date?

All of this is speculation based on what we know about the game, the studio, and their past games.

Act 2 is likely to be another 20-30 hours of game, which is as much as some games out there in the first place.

As such, we’re expecting to see it around the start of 2022 at the earliest. It could well be that it comes out sooner, but with the bug-stomping, the team has been doing we’re expecting things to take some time.

In an interview with GameSpot, Larian’s founder Swen Vincke said: “We are really trying to get the game done by next year. It’s not gonna release this year for sure.”

The team at Larian will have seen the Cyberpunk fiasco, and so may even push the Act 2 release back to 2022 if it means the gameplay is better, and that’s something we welcome.

Granted, this was not the news many Baldur’s Gate fans may have wanted during the E3 season – of which Larian and Baldur’s Gate 3 was noticeably absent.

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How long will Baldur’s Gate 3 be in Early Access for?

Because of how in-depth and meaty Larian games tend to be, we’re expecting to see the full release in 2022, as confirmed by Larian’s Vincke in June 2021.

Vincke further reiterated a 2022 release in July. Speaking on the Panel from Hell live stream before Patch 5’s release, Vincke said Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch “hopefully somewhere in 22.”

This may seem a while off, but you’ve got to remember that game design is hard and a game like this is incredibly complicated.

It’s also worth remembering that a significant number of games and updates have been pushed back or delayed due to the impact of COVID-19. With the closure of offices and a shift to working-from-home, combined with yet another rushed game being released to heavy criticism (Cyberpunk 2077), it is possible that the overall release of Baldur’s Gate 3 could be pushed back further.

Indeed, in an interview with Destructoid in April 2021, Larian’s founder Swen Vincke warned fans to temper their expectations for the 1.0 release date. “I know that the community wants us to go faster than we can,” he said. “It does take time to implement things, especially for a game that’s as vast as Baldur’s Gate 3—also a game that we’re still developing—so we have to balance the two things to each other.”

Whether you decide to wait until the game is out or not is up to you. It’s good fun already, but it’s also definitely Early Access.

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Jason Coles