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Baldur's Gate 3 dev talks character customisation and persistent world

Published: 19:10, 12 March 2020
Updated: 19:15, 12 March 2020
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In their Reddit AMA, Larian Studios discussed the highly anticipated instalment in the iconic franchise - Baldur's Gate 3 - where they promised it will feature extensive character customisation options. Internal character development is arguably even more impressive though.

It seems like Larian were caught a bit unprepared for the number of questions they'll face, as the Reddit AMA flared up with inquiries. Granted, some of them must have taken ages to answer, but the dev did, diligently.

We'll start with Baldur's Gate 3's character creation, which Larian promise is not only in line with the 5e ruleset, it's as deep as you want it to be. 

Strictly cosmetically speaking, Baldur's Gate 3 will let you pick face, hairdo, skin colour and the rest. The dev didn't give an exact number of features we can expect, but they did confirm it won't rely on sliders.

As for the gameplay oriented part of character creation, the dev wrote, "After you select a race and a class, you could be all set and ready to go, but if you want to, you can dive in deeper, and change all the abilities, spells, skills, cantrips...and customize visuals."

Note that Baldur's Gate 3 won't feature multiclassing in Early Access at launch, but there are plans for it to be added later. "Multiclassing rules will follow closely the 5e DnD. On level up characters will be able to continue with their current class or choose a new class, provided they meet the requirements", they wrote. 

Larian Studios Baldur's Gate 3 character amongs the rubble Baldur's Gate 3, maybe try and sing to them?

Baldur's Gate 3 players get to play as any of the 5e Player's Handbook characters, meaning Cleric, Fighter, Ranger, Rogue, Warlock or Wizard. The ruleset puts a huge accent on reactions, but the studio had to get creative here.

"While it’s not going to be in EA immediately, the features and mechanics that allow a character to perform an action as a reaction will trigger automatically. The players will be able to control which reactions they want to enable in anticipation of enemy actions", they wrote.

Larian Studios Baldur's Gate 3 character looking at bodies Baldur's Gate 3, walk it off big guy!

Past the cosmetic character changes, one of Baldur's Gate 3's senior writers wrote, "Custom characters are hugely important to us, and when you choose your class, race and background, you'll already have made choices that have an impact throughout the game - both in terms of what you can do, how you’re perceived, and what you know."

You can find the AMA on Reddit .

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