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Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Beta Delayed A Week

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Baldur’s Gate 3 won’t make its early access debut on PC and Stadia at the end of this month after all. Instead, it’s been pushed back to October 6.

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Larian Studios announced the delay on Twitter today, citing some issues with stability and hold-ups around the game translation into various languages. “We’re nearly there but we had a few unexpected delays, and we still have some stability issues we’re sifting through,” the studio wrote in a statement. “Because of the delays, our translations are also later than expected and we want to ensure localization for the announced Early Access languages is strong enough for our international fans to have a good time.”

While an extra week should be enough time, the studio explains, there are still more issues that could pop up as the early access build goes through final testing. This might not be the last delay, in other words. Larian was very fingers-crossed when it announced the Baldur’s Gate 3 beta’s original September 30 date, so this isn’t a complete shocker.

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On the bright side, Larian did say it plans to release an update later today with more information on how the CRPG’s romance and companionship options will work. Hopefully we’ll be able to woo the demonic brain.

Kotaku staff writer. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com

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DISCUSSION

Why are we still doing Early Access? Who wants to play, and become burnt out on, a buggy and incomplete title?

It’s odd that any industry embraces this practice. Imagine going to a restaurant and having the exec chef say: “well, we haven’t finished the recipe, we have some things to work out. It also comes with only a protein and a starch, no veg. Veg will come on a later dish in the future. Enjoy your meal!”

Sure, I will have every iteration of this meal and keep eating - but how long until I’m tired of eating an incomplete, unrefined dish? If I just had a bit of patience, I would be able to enjoy a full, complete, tested meal that I’m paying for, and enjoy it without having to deal with the struggle of sitting through dish after dish of attempts.

Inability to delay gratification is real.