Baldur's Gate 3 is finally coming out of early access, exciting many would-be adventurers all over the world. If you've never tried a Baldur's Gate game before, you may be curious about its character creation process.
The Baldur's Gate series takes place in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign called Forgotten Realms. Because of its ties to D&D, character creation is a huge part of the game for that extra layer of immersion.
So in this article, we'll go over what character creation is like in Baldur's Gate 3.
Baldur's Gate 3 character creation
Character creation in Baldur's Gate 3 is of paramount importance, as it allows players to shape their unique heroes and heroines, influencing their abilities, appearance, and personal journey.
When you get to character creation for Baldur's Gate 3, you'll notice six tabs running across the top of your screen. Each tab will focus on different aspects of your character, allowing you to shape them to your liking.
Let's explore the realms of customization that lie within each tab.
This is where you can input things like your character's name and background. This is also where you can choose to play as an Origins character, which is basically a character preset with their own story to follow.
You'll have a total of 11 different races to choose from at launch. Your race will determine not only your appearance and stats but also how you will interact with other characters in the game. Some races will also have a subrace for you to select as well.
This is where you get to fine-tune how your character will look in the game. Here, you can select your skin tone, and hair colour, and even apply some makeup.
This section is pretty straightforward as it lets you select what class you want to play as. There are six playable classes in the early access version of the game, but the full version will have 12 classes available upon release.
In Baldur's Gate, skills are basically your character's area of expertise. The impact of your skill proficiencies is not limited to combat. It can also determine how you explore some areas or handle certain situations.
In most RPGs, character aspects like strength and vitality are commonly referred to as stats or attributes. In Baldur's Gate, they're called abilities. You can tweak your starting abilities in Baldur's Gate 3 during the character creation process.
There's definitely a lot more to get into since Baldur's Gate 3 offers a lot of depth in its character creation. Once you're satisfied with your character, you can jump into the game to start your adventure.
Will character gender affect your romance options in Baldur's Gate 3?
No, your character's gender will not impact who you can romance in Baldur's Gate 3. But that doesn't mean you can get busy with anyone you feel like.
While it doesn't matter what gender you choose during character creation, other decisions made in-game will affect your romantic options. You can find out whether or not you have a chance with certain companions by opening their character sheets and checking their approval of you.
You can already dive into Baldur's Gate 3, but you won't be able to use all of its features since it's still in early access. If you're thinking about playing Baldur's Gate 3 on Steam Deck, check out our article on its performance and best settings.