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Baldur's Gate 3 Community Update Talks Stealth and Combat

The Nitty Gritty of Initiative

Steven Weber Posted:
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In the latest community update for Baldur’s Gate III, Larian Studios talks a little about Early Access, the way combat works, some multiplayer aspects, and the importance of stealth. If you are a big Baldur’s Gate fan, and you’re looking to understand the inner workings of initiative rolls and turn-based rules, then this is definitely the post for you.

Larian Studio’s has recently released a long gameplay stream that will certainly pique any turn-based RPG fans interest. With 90 minutes of gameplay, players have more than enough to ogle at, but Larian’s latest community update goes a long way to explaining exactly what is going on, and how important some of these aspects are for the ebb and flow of combat. Some important excerpts are below.

  • Despite being turn-based, which allows you to have an authentic D&D experience and really deliberate over your moves as a team, BG3’s combat is much faster than DOS2.
  • Since the initial gameplay reveal in February, we totally overhauled the order of combat. Early Access means change, and change is shaped by feedback and testing over time.
  • If multiple combatants of the same faction follow one another in the turn order, then you can simultaneously command each of them.
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 is a party-based game that you can play alone, controlling each character, or as a party of up to four where each person rolls their own character. (It’s of course possible to also play as 2, or 3 people, with AI, etc).
  • In multiplayer, when your avatars and companions are next to each other in the turn order players can simultaneously control characters.
  • Stealth is also a big part of Baldur’s Gate 3 - if you want it to be - and it goes hand in hand with the game's great sense of verticality, and ability to shove people.
  • Using stealth, it’s perfectly viable to sneak into a camp, avoid being seen, and roll crits to victory.
  • Our stealth mechanics now also take light and darkness into account.

Check out more of our coverage on Baldur’s Gate III. Keep in mind that as of right now, despite Larian not being able to provide an exact date, Baldur’s Gate 3 is still on track for a 2020 Early Access release.


Steven Weber

Steven has been a writer at MMORPG.COM since 2017. A lover of many different genres, he finds he spends most of his game time in action RPGs, and talking about himself in 3rd person on his biography page.