After years of developing its unbelievably massive RPG Baldur’s Gate 3, developer Larian Studios is taking a bit of a breather. While the studio is already aware of its next project, the developer is in need of a healthy cooling off period.
Speaking to IGN, Larian founder Swen Vincke revealed that the studio is taking a short hiatus after Baldur’s Gate 3 launches this August. After the break, the studio will return to its beloved Divinity franchise for a third Original Sin game.
Vincke revealed that fans will get to see a continuation of the Original Sin storyline, and that the team is excited to return. However, after creating a game with 17,000 endings, 170 hours of cinematics and countless scenarios, a break is definitely needed.
When discussing what’s next for Larian, Vincke said:
“It's [Divinity: Original Sin] our own universe we built, so we're definitely gonna get back there at some point. We will get back there at some point. We'll first finish this one [Baldur's Gate 3] now, and then take a break, because we will need to refresh ourselves creatively also. You’re seeing 400 developers putting their heart and souls into this. You’re getting the best of them and their craft into this game. And so I can tell you, it's quite a thing.”
Releasing on August 3rd, Larian isn’t even finished with Baldur’s Gate 3 yet. The game’s console ports are still in active development with the PlayStation 5 port coming this September. Larian is also working on an Xbox Series port, but poor Series S performance is holding it back. With split-screen multiplayer performance being the core issue, Larian is unwilling to release the game if it’s not feature complete.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been in active development for over five years, and it has resulted in one of the most expansive RPGs to date. The RPG has everything Dungeons and Dragons players expect, including customisable dongs and intense bear sex scenes. There’s really no other game like it.
While it may be years until we see any version of Divinity: Original Sin 3, one thing is certain: Larian definitely deserves that break.