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Baldur's Gate 3

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Baldur's Gate 3
Baldur's Gate 3 cover
Larian Studios
Divinity Engine 4.0
Release dates
Windows August 3, 2023
macOS (OS X) September 22, 2023
Metacritic 96
OpenCritic 96
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions Cosmetic
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Baldur's Gate
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Baldur's Gate 3 on Wikipedia
Baldur's Gate
Subseries of Dungeons & Dragons
Baldur's Gate 1998
Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn 2000
Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition 2012
Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 2013
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance 2021
Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance II 2022
Baldur's Gate 3 2023

Baldur's Gate 3 is a singleplayer and multiplayer RPG game developed and published by Larian Studios. It is the eleventh overall entry in the Baldur's Gate series.

The game was released in early access on October 6, 2020, with the full release being planned for August 31, 2023. In a community update published in late June 2023, it was announced that the Windows release of the game had been moved up four weeks, with a full release scheduled for August 3, 2023, instead.[1]

General information

Official forums
Developer Discord server Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Unofficial wiki
Fextralife wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Collector's Edition (sold out) and Deluxe Edition (available in waves).
macOS (OS X)
macOS (OS X)
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Can be launched directly from its executable. Steam Achievements and Multiplayer mode will be unavailable outside Steam, but single player mode works fine.[2]
macOS (OS X)

Version differences

The Collector's and Deluxe editions include the base game, the Digital Deluxe Upgrade and different sets of physical extras, with the game content redeemed through Steam codes. While the latter has a DVD marked as a "Game Disc", it is used only for triggering the Steam installer, unlike the console versions which contain the game itself.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Type Notes
Cosmetic Several skins and items are part of the Digital Deluxe Edition upgrade.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Digital Deluxe Upgrade Extra skins and items, digital soundtrack and artbook. Given for free to players who bought the game during the Early Access period and owners of the Collector's Edition.
macOS (OS X)

Essential improvements

Skip Larian launcher on startup

Use the --skip-launcher command line argument.
Steam achievements and cloud saves still work.
Defaults to the API you selected the last time you booted the game with the launcher, or to DX11 if you have never launched the game.[3] For Vulkan, add the --vulkan command line argument.
Run bin\bg3.exe (Vulkan rendering) or bin\bg3_dx11.exe (DirectX 11 rendering) instead of the default Launcher\LariLauncher.exe called by Steam/Galaxy.[4]
Does not break achievements nor cloud saves on GOG Galaxy if set as an alternate launch method in "Manage installation".

Skip logo video

  1. Download the blank file Splash_Logo_Larian.bk2.
  2. Copy the file to <path-to-game>\Data\Video\ (Create Video if it does not exist).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Larian Studios\Baldur's Gate 3\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/Larian Studios/Baldur's Gate 3/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1086940/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Larian Studios\Baldur's Gate 3\PlayerProfiles\Public\Savegames\Story\
macOS (OS X) $HOME/Documents/Larian Studios/Baldur's Gate 3/PlayerProfiles/Public/Savegames/Story/
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1086940/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Must opt-in within Options Menu.
Steam Cloud
The game also supports cross-saving between Steam, and PlayStation 5 versions, affecting the 5 latest savegame files. This feature requires a Larian account.[6]


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ scaling.[7]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.4, FSR 1.0, FSR 2.2
FSR 2.2 quietly added in Patch 4 (v4.1.1.3882084).[9][10]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Double and triple buffering selectable.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Framerate cap can be manually configured (10-240 FPS) or entirely disabled.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
As of the full game release, Vulkan version also supports HDR.[11][12] Automatically enables when support is detected and cannot be disabled manually.[13] It is possible to verify the game is using HDR when the Gamma Correction option is replaced with HDR Calibration in video settings.
Ray tracing (RT)
Color blind mode
Settings for protanopia, deuteranopia, and tritanopia added in Patch 4 (v4.1.1.3882084).[14]


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Only a default control set is available (see image below).
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
DualShock 4, DualSense
PlayStation button prompts
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes Wired, Wireless (Bluetooth)
Generic/other controllers
Native Switch Pro support, as well as other controllers supported by SDL2
Button prompts
Option to select button prompt style was added in Patch 1[16]
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Separate controller UI takes a second to switch
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Default option ("Automatic" under Input Mode).


Audio settings
Audio settings
Gameplay settings
Gameplay settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Dolby Atmos supported.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation. Nexus Mods, Google Drive.
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Added in hotfix #15 ( on December 21, 2023.[18]
Added in Patch 5 ([19]
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
4 Co-op
Online play
4 Co-op
Also supports cross-platform multiplayer.[5]

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Instead of IP addresses, the game uses its own connection ID system.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 23243-23262[20]
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Official Z3D profile, see vorpx forum for introduction.

Issues resolved

Loading a multiplayer saved game freezes at 100%

Run the game without the launcher[21]

Networking issues

The official Larian documentation[20] suggests the following solutions to networking issues.

General problems

Ensure that all players have the exact same versions of the game and any potential unofficial mods.
Switch the player hosting the session; transfer the appropriate save game file to the new host to maintain progress.
Verify/repair game installation.
Check if the connection can be established if the host moves to character creation instead of waiting for players to join the lobby.
Enable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) in the network adapter if it is disabled, or reset the network adapter.

Joining-specific problems

This includes the NATPunch (66) error message when trying to join a room.
Host a multiplayer room, and then immediately close it. Then, attempt to rejoin the other player's room as normal.[22]

Issues unresolved

Non-QWERTY keyboards not having adapted prompts

If the player uses a keyboard such as QWERTZ or AZERTY, the UI will not change the key prompts (e.g. the Jump command is still shown as using the Z key, but is actually handled by the Y key on a QWERTZ keyboard).[23][24]

AA and Slow HDD mode options do not save their state

If player sets AA or Slow HDD mode in graphic settings, it will reset after restart.[25]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Metal support
Vulkan 1.1
Executable 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Interface Noesis
Input SDL2
Cutscenes Bink Video 2
Multiplayer RakNet

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4690
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
AMD Radeon RX 480
4 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A solid-state drive is required, although there is an option for slow-HDD mode, which will more heavily use RAM and VRAM to store cache, rather than stream it from HDD.
A 64-bit operating system is required.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.12
Processor (CPU) Apple M1
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 150 GB
Video card (GPU) Apple M1
Min specs can run the game on low to medium settings. Splitscreen will not run at an acceptable level of performance.
Recommended specs can run the game on high or ultra settings.
A solid-state drive is required, although there is an option for slow-HDD mode, which will more heavily use RAM and VRAM to store cache, rather than stream it from HDD.
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Steam - Baldur's Gate 3 - Community Update #20: A Dragonborn, a Half-Orc & a Monk Walk Into a Tavern - last accessed on 2023-08-04
  2. Verified by User:Posedennetshow on 2024-01-17
  3. Verified by User:Xharos on 2023-11-17
  4. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-08-06
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Steam - Baldur's Gate III - last accessed on 2019-06-06
  6. Larian Account Information - Support - Larian Studios - last accessed on 2023-09-06
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-10-08
    Screenshots taken at 2560x1080 (native), 3840x1080, 5760x1080, 1920x1080 and compared.
  8. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-10-08
    Applying a custom 3840x2160 resolution in the settings resulted in a significant decrease in FPS.
  9. Baldur's Gate 3 patch 4 brings AMD FSR 2.2, looking better on Steam Deck | GamingOnLinux - last accessed on 2023-11-02
  10. Cromwelp on X - last accessed on 2023-11-02
    "Very AFK on X: "Patch 4 also includes FSR 2.2, which improves image quality on Steam Deck! Eager to try it myself.""
  11. r/BaldursGate3 - HDR settings - dx11 vs Vulkan - last accessed on 2023-08-12
  12. Steam Community Discussion - Bug: Too dark UI and screen with HDR on Vulkan on Release - last accessed on 2023-08-12
  13. Verified by User:13xforever on 2023-08-12
  14. Patch #4 Now Live! - Baldur's Gate 3 - last accessed on 2023-11-02
  15. [missing title] - last accessed on 2023-08-04
  16. Patch #1 changelog - last accessed on 2023-08-25
  17. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-10-09
    Tested on a 5.1 sound system and used Orban Loudness Meter to confirm the use of the rear speakers.
  18. Baldur's Gate 3 - Hotfix #15 Now Live! - Steam News - last accessed on 2023-12-21
  19. Patch #5 Now Live! - Baldur's Gate 3 - last accessed on 2023-11-30
  20. 20.0 20.1 Support - Larian Studios - Baldur's Gate 3 - Multiplayer Issues - last accessed on 2023-08-07
  21. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-11-23
    Tested with the version.
  22. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-08-07
    Tested in version; the hosting function seems to refresh NAT when the joining one does not.
  23. AZERTY :: Baldur's Gate 3 General Discussions - last accessed on 2023-09-03
  24. Verified by User:Plok on 2023-09-03
    Observed in full release and post-launch patches, running on a QWERTZ (Croatian layout) keyboard.
  25. Verified by User:Storagegarbage on 2024-03-31