Larian Studios has revealed that development on the Xbox Series X/S version of Baldur’s Gate 3 is close to complete. After struggling to get split-screen co-op to work on the Xbox Series S, the studio decided to go ahead with the RPG’s launch on Xbox platforms this year. However, the Series S will not include split-screen co-op. With the game’s PS5 launch around the corner, Larian has also given Xbox players a timeframe for when Baldur’s Gate 3 will launch on Microsoft’s console.
In a recent interview with IGN, Larian Studios director Swen Vincke gave Xbox fans some good news regarding the release of Baldur’s Gate 3. “It’s 2023. And 2023 is narrowing, so it’s already pretty precise in my book. Between September and November… So, as fast as we can honestly,” said Vincke when asked about a release window. The acclaimed RPG is currently scheduled to launch sometime before the end of the year on Xbox, so this timeframe should be a good indication of when it will arrive on Xbox Series X/S.
Vincke added that Larian Studios is currently prioritising the PS5 version but not before giving Xbox players some feedback regarding the progress of its development:
“So the Xbox Series X version was already in good shape last time I looked at it. So we’re just going to go through the motions, ‘Okay, what do we still need to do?’ There’s a bunch of stuff that needs to happen to finalize it. But I think from a content point of view and from a technical point of view, we’re actually very close.”
Larian Studios also announced that Baldur’s Gate 3 will support cross-save between PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC thanks to Larian accounts being linked across all platforms, so if you decide that the game is better played on PC than console but don’t want to lose all of your progress, your save data can be transferred to another system. With the RPG launching on PS5 in a few days, make sure you also check out the preload schedule and release times.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently available on PC and launches on PS5 on 6 September 2023. An Xbox release date hasn’t been confirmed yet.