Baldur’s Gate 3: The Phenomenon That Was Underrated By Publishers

Michael Douse, publishing director at Larian Studios, reacted to information involving Baldur’s Gate 3 that was accidentally released by Microsoft. The owner of Xbox only wanted to invest US$5 million to make the title available on Game Pass, but other proposals apparently were at the same level. Since the leak, many have been criticizing Microsoft and Phil Spencer. The game launched and proved to be a masterpiece for all those who enjoy RPG games like this. For that reason, many were criticizing the company.

Baldur’s Gate 3 was underrated by publishers

After its launch, the game quickly gained popularity and became a great candidate for GOTY. However, Douse went public and made it clear: the owner of Xbox was not the only one to treat the RPG this way.

“In their defense, so did everyone else. Same with DOS2. It comes with the genre, how we approach things, and how we execute things. There just isn’t any existing data that could have told anyone how BG3 was going to perform. We just had to take giant spooky leaps.”

It was unlikely anyone would know that everyone would like the game. Internally, Larian Studios did not believe in a positive reception for the title on Metacritic, for example. Ultimately, the studio delivered one of the best games of 2023.

Baldur's Gate 3

Honestly, Baldur’s Gate 3 was the kind of game that surprised many players across the world. It does not try to be too different from recent titles, nor does it surf on current trends. It’s original and innovates in its own way. It’s certainly one of the candidates for this year’s Game Awards.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently available for PC and PS5. There is a version in development for the Xbox Series X and Series S. While the Series X variant will be similar to the previous versions, the Series S port will miss the split-screen multiplayer due to hardware limitations.


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