Curious whether Baldur's Gate 3 is coming to Xbox? The next few months are going to be huge for video game lovers, with a lot of highly anticipated titles releasing. One such game is Baldur's Gate 3, which is the big one for RPG enthusiasts.
The release date for the PC version of Baldur's Gate 3 has finally arrived. The date was moved up by a month to avoid direct competition with Starfield, and the PlayStation release date is now closing in, too. However, many players are particularly curious about the availability of Baldur's Gate 3 on their preferred platform, such as the Xbox. In the following article, we will delve into whether Baldur's Gate 3 will be accessible on Xbox console or not.
Is Baldur's Gate 3 coming to Xbox?
Well, the answer is yes, Baldur’s Gate 3 will release on Xbox in 2023. Larian Studios, the studio behind the Baldur's Gate 3, confirmed that the game is currently in development for Xbox consoles.
The Larian team initially faced some technical difficulties while optimising the game for the platform. However, at Gamescom 2023, Swen Vincke from Larian confirmed that after conversations with Phil Spencer, the Xbox port of Baldur’s Gate 3 would definitely release in 2023.
As it appears, there will be some very minor differences between the Xbox Series X and Series S versions. Vincke confirms that there will be no split-screen co-op on the Series S version, while the Series X version will have that feature. Fortunately, all version of Baldur’s Gate 3 have cross-save progression across Steam and Xbox Series consoles, so you’re never locked into just the Series S version.
What is causing Baldur's Gate 3 delay for Xbox platforms?
In an interview with IGN, Larian Studios mentioned that they are facing challenges in making the two-player split-screen co-op mode of Baldur's Gate 3 work smoothly on the Xbox Series S.
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You might be wondering why Larian Studios doesn't release Baldur's Gate 3 on Xbox Series X alone while addressing the issues with Xbox Series S. However, Microsoft has a policy that demands games to have the same features and quality on both Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
Hence, until Larian Studios improves the split-screen co-op mode on the Xbox Series S to meet player expectations, they cannot release Baldur's Gate 3 on any Xbox console.
When can we expect Baldur's Gate 3 on Xbox?
Therefore, we now know that Baldur’s Gate 3 will release on Xbox Series X|S at some point in 2023.
We don’t have a confirmed release window yet, but given the competition it’ll get from Starfield in September, expect to see Baldur’s Gate 3 on Xbox towards the holiday season.
That's all you need to know about Baldur's Gate's availability on Xbox. We will keep you updated with the latest information. Until then, you can check out our guides on whether you can play Baldur’s Gate 3 solo or what the Baldur’s Gate 3 max level is.