Baldur’s Gate 3 is set to launch next month on PC and in September for PS5. Larian Studios hosted a detailed stream the other day where the developers showcased what players can look forward to in the game. One of the most notable new features is the Dark Urge origin which is a first in the series.
The Dark Urge origin is quite interesting. If you don’t know what an origin is in Baldur’s Gate 3, it is one of the selectable traits for your character which define their personality and some major gameplay changes you’ll see along the way.
Larian Studios says that the new Dark Urge origin is only available for custom characters. This means if you decide to start Baldur’s Gate 3 with a pre-made character, you won’t be able to use this origin. If you decide to build your character from scratch, Dark Urge is available.
Essentially, the Dark Urge origin is a defining personality for your character. Larian Studios claims that Dark Urge characters remember nothing from their past besides that they walked a path paved with blood. As a result, Dark Urge characters are always drawn towards the darkness.
The “darkness” in this context is bad, heinous and cruel decisions and gameplay in Baldur’s Gate 3. The studio says that players will often be forced to choose horrible ways out of a situation. Sometimes, Dark Urge characters won’t even have control over what they do. During certain parts of the game, they might black out and murder a few people only to wake up in a pool of blood surrounded by dead characters.
These gameplay changes due to the Dark Urge origin will create a darker, more uncomfortable experience for players. If anything, this character origin plays in line with the overarching story in Baldur’s Gate 3 where players have a Mind Flayer tadpole in their heads which is taking over their minds and actions.
The new Dark Urge origin will definitely offer players a new way to approach Baldur’s Gate 3. It would be a great second or third-playthrough option for the game. Baldur’s Gate 3 is launching on 31 August for PC and 6 September for PS5.