What is the Story of Baldur’s Gate 3?
Baldur’s Gate 3 is a story and character rich role-playing game developed and published by Larian Studios. As the name suggests it is the third game in the Balder’s Gate series. The story structure and gameplay mechanics are all based on the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop RPG system.
The story of Baldur’s Gate 3 is not a direct continuation of the first two games. It takes place almost a century after the events of the previous installments. There are few, if any, characters still alive in the Forgotten Realms who have personal memories of those events.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently available in early access via Steam. Players are able to purchase the game digitally and experience a limited portion of the story. From what we’ve seen so far, the main story thread of the game appears to revolve around the player protagonist searching for something to heal them after being infected by a “mind flayer”.
These mind flayers, also known as Illithids, are seeking to leave the Underdark and restore their empire in the mortal realm. There are hints that something deeper may be going on, but nothing concrete has been shown to players yet.
Storyline in Previous Baldur’s Gate Games
Despite the fact that Baldur’s Gate 3 is not a direct continuation of the previous games, it is highly likely that there will be some connections to it. The original games where part of the ‘Bhaalspawn Saga’. The children of Bhaal, the Lord Of Murder, roamed the land. At the end of the DLC for the second game players were ultimately given the choice to whether Bhaal himself returned or not.
The developers at Larian Studios have said that for most races in Balder’s Gate 3 the Bhaalspawn Saga is part of the history books. Though there are apparently a small few who lived through that time and are still alive.
More significantly, it has been directly suggested by developers that everything in the previous games becomes more and more present as the Baldur’s Gate 3 story progresses.
“Everything in Baldur’s Gate I and II becomes more and more present as the story goes on”Adam Smith, Baldur’s GAte 3 writer
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