Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian Studios has released second long gameplay shows the D&D-themed RPG, which you can watch above. As previously, Larian CEO Swen Vincke was in charge of this demo, playing it live and making decisions in real-time, some of which were based on fan's input.
The demo was well over an hour in total, and it showcased an honestly significant part of one of Baldur's Gate 3's earlier sections. First, a short recap for those who aren't familiar with Baldur's Gate 3: it's a party-based RPG also the long-awaited sequel to the legendary Baldur's Gate 2. Baldur's Gate 3 tries to adapt Dungeons & Dragons' 5th Edition ruleset as truly as possible.
The demo started with Swen's character, a high elf wizard, exploring his party's camp to chat with his companions. Swen is brought by a standoffish Githyanki fighter named Lae'zel, a wise-cracking friend (human) wizard named Gale, and a cold elven Cleric named Shadowheart.
The first thing you're likely to see about the demo is just how good it looks. The graphics and interface (mostly the lighting) have been enhanced compared to the earlier demo. Various animations have also been smoothed out, though there are still some motion capture bugs and glitches.
The spell effects in Baldur's Gate 3 are so gorgeous: everything from healing magic to firebolts is rendered and animated beautifully. These wonderful aesthetics make every spell feel impactful, without being over-the-top.
Another unusual difference between the two demos is the updated initiative system. Earlier, Baldur's Gate 3 featured party-based initiative, where each "side" of a given conflict would act out their turns all at once. This system, while impressive, was met with some resistance by fans. As such, Larian decided to scrap it in support of a more traditional, 5E-like option, where each character's initiative roll determines where they fall on the turn tracker.
Overall, Baldur's Gate 3 looks better and we can't wait to get our hands on it in a couple of months. If you have any views on the game so far, feel free to leave them in the comments below.