Larian Studios, the developer behind Baldur’s Gate 3, responds to rumors of gnomes being a playable race after CEO Swen Vincke let it slip.
Larian Studios had a punny response to a rumor of a new playable race being added to Baldur’s Gate 3.
The developer has all but confirmed via remarks on social media that gnomes are joining Baldur’s Gate 3 as a playable option. Rumors have been buzzing after a slip of the tongue by Larian Studios’ CEO Swen Vincke at this year’s Game Developers Conference. With the CEO accidentally announcing that they would one day add this new race, what else could Larian Studios say but, “Gnome comment.”
In response to the current rumors that we confirmed an eventual playable race for Baldur’s Gate 3 at GDC:
Gnome how to https://t.co/c9xhMc6YsJ
— Larian Studios is Tossing a Goblin (@larianstudios) March 24, 2022
The slip occurred during a discussion of the challenges behind incorporating the various shapes and sizes of fantasy races. Vincke said, “This game supports a whole bunch of player races, right? And I’ll give you some of the examples of problems we have to deal with. You can play as a human, and you can play as a gnome.. ..” Although it sounds innocuous enough, gnomes are not a playable option in the current version of the game, so it could only mean that Vincke had let a secret slip. He quickly realized his mistake and added, “Gnomes are not in there, so that’s your scoop today.”
The lovable, magically-inclined small folk will apparently be joining Baldur’s Gate 3. While no additional insights to their in-game abilities or available subraces were disclosed, it’s enough to inspire gamers to start imagining the gnomish character of their dreams. As for when these tinkerers will grace audiences with their presence, no one is sure. The game is still in early access, and it’s unclear whether gnomes will be added before or after the game is officially released.
Since its soft launch in Oct. of 2020, Larian Studios has been working on the project in preparation for its predicted official release in 2023. From the release of character classes to some bizarrely meaty weapons, the developer is adding plenty for early players to explore and enjoy.
Based on the game Dungeons & Dragons and set in the fantasy world of Faerûn, player characters enter the world as a captive of the psychic, brain-eating mind flayers. They’ll be forced to form alliances with powerful companions and search for a way to stop the growth of the mind flayers’ parasites that have been implanted within them. The quest to be free takes the player across Faerûn, including the titular metropolis, Baldur’s Gate.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is in early access and available for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Stadia. It is expected to be completed and released in 2023.
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