There is a large subset of players who have not yet been able to experience the chaotic joy of Baldur’s Gate 3 – console players. Although we know that BG3 launching on PlayStation 5 on September 6, Xbox gamers had no idea when to expect the game to hit their console of choice.
That situation cleared up a bit. with a tweet from Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke saying Xbox gamers can expect Baldur’s Gate 3 “this year.”
Vincke writes that “all the improvements will be there” for the Xbox version of the game, though he noted that the Series S will not have split-screen co-op. Additionally, the cross save progression for BG3 It is only confirmed to work between Xbox and Steam, which could rule out cross-play between PS5 and Xbox players.
While the announcement is welcome news for Xbox gamers looking to have some fun, it does reveal the struggles studios have had developing next-gen games for the Series S. According to a July post from Larian Studios’ head of publishing; It was getting technically prohibitive to get the split screen feature to work on the less powerful Series S.
And since Xbox normally requires a game’s features to be present on both versions of its consoles, the split screen was hiding a BG3 Xbox launch. However, it appears that Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has given Larian permission to release the game without having split-screen functionality on the Series S.
While “this year” still doesn’t give Xbox gamers a good idea of when they’ll be able to explore the world of Faerûn, we hope it won’t be too long after that. BG3On September 6 it will debut on PlayStation.