It doesn't even have a release date yet, but Larian Studios' Baldur's Gate 3 will be getting a pen and paper prequel campaign ahead of launch. The highly anticipated sequel was just announced a few days ago during the Google Stadia stream.
Larian Studios and Wizards of the Coast took the stage at the PC Gaming Show today to discuss the new title as well as a tabletop tie-in that will help set the stage for Baldur's Gate 3. After all, it's been over a hundred years since the second game.
From PC Gamer:
Some tidbits from Larian CEO Swen Vincke: You'll start outside the city of Baldur's Gate, but you'll be going to the city, as well. There will definitely be mind flayers. Larian started development by looking at the 5th Edition Handbook and deciding what would and wouldn't work in the videogame version.
"Let's say we get into a fight because you ask a nasty question, and I don't want to answer it," Vincke joked to explain how Larian adapts D&D 5e rules into game mechanics. "I take the chair over there, put it on fire, and smash it over your head. These are things that we have to put systems into the game for to do it, which aren't necessarily going to be described in the book."
It's been about 100 in-world years since the events of Baldur's Gate 2. Wizards of the Coast's D&D creative director also spoke on stage about a new tabletop entry for Baldur's Gate, coming out this fall ahead of Baldur's Gate 3.
While there's no word of a release date, Vincke had this to say to close things out: "This is the game that we want to play, so we want to make sure it's really really good. When that's the case, then we'll release it."
More details on both Baldur's Gate 3 and the Baldur's Gate pen and paper prequel will be revealed in the coming months from Larian and Wizards.