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Cancelling Baldur’s Gate 3 DLC has brought “excitement” back to Larian

Despite initial work to make BG3 DLC happen, Larian Studios’ CEO Swen Vincke believes the hit RPG game “doesn't need more” content.

Baldur's Gate 3 DLC: An image of Lae'zel in Baldur's Gate 3.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is one of the biggest RPG games of the decade, both in terms of its critical success and its sheer scale. There’s a positively overwhelming amount of things to do in Larian Studios’ turn-based hit, but like any good story, it leaves you wanting more. However, while plans to craft Baldur’s Gate 3 DLC were initially underway, Larian’s CEO Swen Vincke confirms that the studio is shifting its focus elsewhere. 

Speaking about the acclaimed RPG game’s success on social media, Vincke expresses that despite player expectations, he has “never been more sure about a strategy shift” and that not supporting it with additional content is  “the right thing for Larian.” It’s a move that Vincke understands is “disappointing” for players, considering Baldur’s Gate 3’s huge rise among the ranks of the best PS5 games and best Xbox games available.

“People fell in love with what we created, but it was a story with a beginning, middle, and an end, and it doesn’t need more,” Vincke says. It doesn’t mean that Larian Studios is going completely silent, though. While Baldur’s Gate 3 won’t be seeing any post-launch content added, it will still receive updates to help improve the experience.

Baldur's Gate 3 no DLC: An image of Swen Vincke, Larian Studios' CEO on social media.

A recent interview with IGN also reveals that before Baldur’s Gate 3’s DLC was scrapped, the studio had started fleshing out ideas for Baldur’s Gate 4 to be its next new Xbox game and new PS5 game. However, Larian is now also ruling out a sequel for similar reasons to why it’s not exploring any DLC for BG3.

“The pivot to start doing Baldur’s Gate 3 DLC was expected because it’s what you do. We didn’t have any antagonism against Baldur’s Gate 4 or DLC, but the heart wasn’t there. It was more routine work than actually being excited,” Vincke clarifies. The decision to move away from both has ultimately been a good one for the studio, as Vincke says to IGN that the “excitement [is] back in the room” as Larian makes new plans for the future.

But what can you expect to see from Baldur’s Gate 3 in the coming months? Well, the good news is that Baldur’s Gate 3 mods are coming to PS5 and Xbox. We’re excited to see what that means for one of the best games of 2023, but it could spell trouble for players if Microsoft repeats its ways with unexpected bans for crude content.

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If you’re looking for a different adventure to embark on, then there’s another RPG on the block to check out. Dragon’s Dogma 2 is getting similar critical acclaim already, and you can even make your character for free before you even boot up the full game.