Larian Studios, the developers behind the upcoming D&D video game Baldur's Gate 3, has warned fans about pre-ordering the game. Like a lot of games on the market, a number of stores have started up pre-orders for the game to get people to purchase it ahead of time. But according to the company's Director of Publishing, Michael Douse, you might want to think twice about doing so. As he elaborated on Twitter, which we have the set of tweets for you below as a composite paragraph, players should be "wary" of ordering anything just yet for a number of reasons.
Be wary of preordering BG3 anywhere right now. We won't have a pre-order period. We have no plans to work with retail yet, and no 3rd party distributors. Haven't announced a price or date. We can't guarantee you'll get anything from them. We also can't offer support for any transaction through those sites if there's a problem since we have no agreement with them. I don't have anything against selling keys that are in stock on those sites, but there's no indication they'll have BG3 stock. Many of the legitimate keys are either taken from retail before they go to print, or taken directly from retail boxes. But since we aren't working with retail for EA nor 3rd party distributors there's nowhere for them to stock keys.
During the conversation, someone criticized Douse for making fans wait for a proper announcement for a date or a delay when all they ever said was "August 2020", to which he quickly replied, "Big news very soon". If we had to take a random guess, we're thinking one of two things could possibly be revealed in the next two weeks. Either Baldur's Gate 3 is getting an official delay due to COVID-19, which wouldn't surprise anyone, or the game is about to be announced as an exclusive, most likely to the Epic Games Store. Honestly, the second wouldn't shock us. It wouldn't be the first time Epic dropped an offer in someone's lap after they already committed to other platforms (go look up the Metro: Exodus fiasco that delayed a Steam released until February). But its highly unlikely considering the deals they've already made with other PC platforms. So beyond the devs reaching out to make sure you don't spend your money somewhere they can't honor, we just have to sit and wait for the next big news.