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Baldur’s Gate 3 is a monster 122GB download with no preloading

Days out from the PC game launch on August 3, Larian Studios has confirmed that RPG Baldur’s Gate 3 will be 122GB with no possibility of starting the download before the moment of release.

Baldur’s Gate 3, based on the Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition ruleset, is one of the biggest RPG launches of recent years.

As part of Polemos’ commitment to cutting edge games – with or without blockchain gaming components – we are covering Baldur’s Gate 3 on the Polemos_RPG YouTube channel. The latest version of this fantasy role-playing title pushes the envelope of complexity with around 17,000 possible endings, 172 hours of cutscenes, and multiple character classes, subclasses and races.

To get some sense of how many character variations are possible, watch the video below from Polemos co-CEO Sascha Zehe.

Larian Studios is based in Belgium, and the rollout of Baldur’s Gate 3 is set at 5pm in Ghent. In an update on Steam, Larian gave a series of global locations for the release timing, which happens at 3pm UTC.

Back to day one

Gamers who have been playing the pre-release Early Access version of the game will start back at the beginning, and lose access to their saved games.

“So much has changed that it’s really worth it to start afresh,” the update read.

At 122GB, the game will take more than 4 hours to download on the average global broadband connection (67Mbps download). To put it in historical perspective, such a download would take 7 months on an old dial-up internet account (56K modem).

Only the PC version of the game will be available initially. The MacOS and PS5 versions will ship later this year (the PS5 version is scheduled for release September 6). An Xbox version is due in 2024.

The game features turn-based combat, and that has attracted criticism from some fans for straying from the previous “real-time with pause” system. However, Zehe believes that turn-based works well, as he explains in the video below.

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