XBOX players have been holding their breath for a while now, expecting to learn the release date of one of the best games of this year for Microsoft’s consoles.
The massive RPG, which released earlier this month, is also coming to PS5 very soon, but Xbox fans have been left in the dark.
Previously, it has been suggested that Baldur’s Gate 3 would not be released for Xbox Series X|S until 2024.
The reason cited was technical difficulties with bringing the game’s split-screen multiplayer mode to the less powerful and cheaper Xbox Series S console.
Now, developer Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke has clarified the situation, confirming that Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch on Xbox Series X|S by the end of 2023.
In a tweet, Vincke wrote that the game studio has found a solution allowing to release the game for Xbox this year.
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Nevertheless, there is an important caveat, which could leave some fans disappointed.
While the Xbox Series X version will come with the complete set of features and modes, the version for Xbox Series S will lack split-screen co-op multiplayer.
Apparently, the demanding feature, which allows up to four players to see their characters and play simultaneously on the same screen, is too tricky to pull off on the less powerful Series S.
Nevertheless, the announcement is good news for Xbox players, as they are still getting what many consider the best RPG of 2023 before this year is out.
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Baldur’s Gate 3’s uneven release between Xbox Series X and Series S consoles, will set an interesting precedent.
Until now, all games have been launching with the same features on both the flagship Series X console, and the cheaper Series S.
The only difference between versions of the same game for Microsoft's two consoles has been performance and graphics quality.
Baldur’s Gate 3 apparently has received special permission to drop split-screen co-op for the Series S, to hasten its launch on the latest generation of Xbox devices.
Meanwhile, BG3's launch date on PS5 has been known for quite some time, and the game is coming to Sony’s platform on September 6, 2023.
Baldur's Gate 3 first launched on PC via Steam on August 3, 2023, after being an Early Access title on the platform for around three years.
Written by Stoyan Ovcharov on behalf of GLHF.
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