Baldur’s Gate 3: Price, platforms, story length, crossplay, more

Franco Diaz
Baldur's Gate 3 coverLarian Studios

The Baldur’s Gate franchise returns with its third installment, and this Dungeons and Dragons-inspired RPG features a ton of fun fantasy content for players to check out. Here’s everything you need to know about Baldur’s Gate 3.

Fans of Dungeons & Dragons will undoubtedly remember the first installment of Baldur’s Gate from 1998. Baldur’s Gate is an RPG like Diablo 4, but based on the iconic tabletop game, it gained popularity back in the 90s and formed a large and loyal community.

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More than 25 years after the first release of the Baldur’s Gate saga, Baldur’s Gate 3, the latest installment in the franchise, has finally arrived. This comprehensive guide will go over everything we know about Larian Studios’ latest RPG.

Baldur’s Gate 3 platforms

As of August 3, players can enjoy Baldur’s Gate 3 on PC. The PlayStation 5 version is set to release on release on September 6. Unfortunately, Xbox X|S Series players will have to wait a bit longer, as there is currently no estimated release date for the Xbox consoles due to development issues.

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Since the game is on current-gen consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox X|S Series, it’s unlikely that Baldur’s Gate 3 will be available on pre-gen consoles like the Xbox One anytime soon. There are currently no plans to bring it to the Nintendo Switch either.

Larian Studios
Baldur’s Gate 3 features D&D 5th Edition rules.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is also playable on the Steam Deck. According to the official Steam listing, the game has a “playable” badge marked under the Steam Deck compatibility section. However, the game may not be optimized well for handhelds, as Valve has yet to label it “Verified” for Steam Deck. 

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All Baldur’s Gate 3 editions & prices

Three editions of Baldur’s Gate 3 are already available for orders on PC and PlayStation 5:

  • Standard Edition (PC & PlayStation 5) – $69.99 / £57.99
  • Deluxe Edition (PlayStation 5) – $79.99 / £65.99
  • Collector’s Edition (PC & PlayStation 5) – $259.99 / €259.99

The Deluxe Edition of Baldur’s Gate 3 features a digital artbook, the original soundtrack, and a ton of in-game content, including an exclusive cosmetic skin. Those who spring for the Collector’s Edition can grab these rewards along with a sticker sheet, keyring, and numerous other items.

Baldur’s Gate 3 file size

Baldur’s Gate 3 takes up 122 GB of storage, so you’ll have a large file size to install. This isn’t a huge surprise when you consider the size and scope of the game, but it’s worth clearing some room on your device beforehand.

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As a result of its large file size, the game can some time to install, regardless of how fast your internet is. For this reason, we recommend putting it on download right away so that you can play as quickly as possible.

Oathbreaker in Baldur's Gate 3Larian Studios
Baldur’s Gate 3 has a large file size.

What is Baldur’s Gate 3’s story?

The newest installment in the Baldur’s Gate franchise is set over 120 years after Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and in the months following the events of Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus. In Baldur’s Gate 3, your character has been captured by the Mind Flayers who are invading Faerûn.

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Before these antagonists can do you any harm, their ship is attacked by Githyanki warriors and their red dragons, allowing you to get free and return to Faerûn, where it crashes. However, you’ve been infected with parasites and must try to remove them.

How long is Baldur’s Gate 3?

Larian Studios confirmed that Baldur’s Gate 3 takes around 75-100 hours to complete. The duration of the story will vary depending on how you choose to spend your time in the game. However, even if you prioritize the main quest line while skipping all side quests, it’ll still take at least 75 hours.

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If you’re looking to do a completionist run in which you tackle every side objective along with the main quests, we estimate that you will have to spend more than 200 hours in the game. While this seems like a long time, it will be worth it to see everything that Baldur’s Gate 3 has to offer.

Is Baldur’s Gate 3 multiplayer?

Baldur’s Gate 3 comes with an offline single-player mode as well as a multiplayer co-op mode. The game allows four players to be in a party, while in a single-player setup, you’ll control your character, with NPC companions offering support.

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Multiplayer co-op mode allows your buddies to command individual characters in the group. So, the dynamic of gameplay depends on the number of players participating in Baldur’s Gate 3.

Is Baldur’s Gate 3 crossplay?

No, Baldur’s Gate 3 does not have crossplay. This means PlayStation 5 and PC players that want to play with each other across platforms are out of luck. However, PC and Mac players can share their game with other PC and Mac players, whether they play through Steam or GoG.

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Does Baldur’s Gate 3 have microtransactions?

Baldur’s Gate 3 does not feature microtransactions upon release. Throughout its early access phase, Baldur’s Gate 3 did not require players to pay for cosmetic enhancements or gameplay advantages.

Larian Studios have not approached the subject of microtransactions when discussing all facets of the game. However, it’s entirely possible that the game could receive microtransactions at a later point in time.

Baldur's Gate Local Rat Side quest, Tiefling PandirnaLarian Studios
Baldur’s Gate 3 does not feature microtransactions at launch,

Is there romance in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Yes, Baldur’s Gate 3 allows you to romance your companions. This is achieved by recruiting companions and building a positive rapport with your favorite one. Simply pay attention to specific dialogue choices, and make decisions that fit your companion’s ethics.

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Here are all characters that you can romance in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Astarion
  • Shadowheart
  • Gale
  • Lae’zel
  • Wyll
  • Karlach
  • Minthara

Can you multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Yes, it’s possible to multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3, as confirmed by the developers in an official statement. According to Larian Studios, Baldur’s Gate 3 features 12 classes from D&D with a total of 46 subclasses between them.

If you don’t want to choose between them, then you are able to create a hybrid class through Multiclassing if you have a stat value of 13. This allows you to skip repetitive leveling up of different classes from the beginning can be cumbersome.

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What is Baldur’s Gate 3 max level?

According to the developers, the Baldur’s Gate 3 level cap is currently Level 12 for character progression. While the initial plan was for the cap to be Level 10, the developers decided that this would prevent players from accessing exciting high-level spells.

As a result, the player’s maximum attainable level in Baldur’s Gate 3 is Level 12. However, it’s entirely possible that the developers alter the level cap to scale higher if they release additional DLC.

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Barbarian in Baldur's Gate 3.Larian Studios
You can multiclass in Baldur’s Gate 3.

That’s everything you need to know about the new Baldur’s Gate 3, if you’re interested in more about Baldur’s Gate 3, we suggest checking out our other guides:

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Franco is a CharlieIntel Writer who plays lots of FPS and sports games. After graduating in Sports Journalism in Argentina, Franco freelanced in esports journalism covering main tournaments of CS:GO, VALORANT and League of Legends. Franco joined CharlieIntel in June 2023 and you can contact him at [email protected].