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Xbox sweetens painful Baldur’s Gate 3 delay with classics on Game Pass

To make up for the Baldur's Gate 3 release window delay on Xbox, fans of the RPG franchise can expect Baldur's Gate 1 and Baldur's Gate 2 to drop on Game Pass.

Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 Xbox Game Pass

Delays with upcoming PS5 games and upcoming Xbox games are inevitable. Though PC players get to dive into Baldur’s Gate 3 first, many of us are waiting on the Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox release window to arrive – which is going to be longer than anticipated. It isn’t all doom and gloom, though, as the first two Baldur’s Gate games are reportedly getting the Xbox Game Pass treatment.

Following delays for the Baldur’s Gate 3 Xbox release date, notifications are going out to alert Xbox owners that the original Baldur’s Gate titles are heading to Microsoft’s subscription service. The alert in question shares that “Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate 2 have been let loose! Play these games and more with Game Pass”, according to Twitter user ‘ElderPlayers‘.

While no official timeline is provided for their drop on Game Pass, The Loadout can confirm that these are already showing up as available to download on the UK version of the Xbox mobile app. The US version of the Game Pass website doesn’t include them just yet, but it is likely that this rollout will extend to other regions imminently.

Beginning back in 1998, the Baldur’s Gate franchise is set in the Forgotten Realms Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting. The Forgotten Realms, often referred to by fans as The Realms, was created by game designer Ed Greenwood in 1967.

Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 Xbox Game Pass

It is one of the most popular settings for D&D players to use, and has since been seen in other games like Neverwinter Nights. Wild beasts, supernatural foes, and desolate landscapes populate this setting, making it ripe for mythical adventures seen in the Baldur’s Gate franchise. The first Baldur’s Gate game arrived in 1998 for PC, with its sequel following it in 2000.

Despite Enhanced Editions and other titles like Dark Alliance, it has been quite some time since a fully fledged sequel has emerged from Larian Studios. Nevertheless, the Baldur’s Gate 3 PS5 release date, just like its Xbox counterpart, is highly anticipated by RPG fanatics.

You don’t have to wait to investigate what the new title beholds, though. We’ve already been digging through what the Baldur’s Gate 3 classes include and how they’ll work in-game. No matter which of Baldur’s Gate 3 difficulty settings you decide to tinker around with, it has the potential to become of the best RPG games around.