Larian Studios, the developers of Baldur’s Gate 3, have revealed that the game will not be coming to Xbox alongside its release on PC and PS5 on August 31 due to technical issues. In addition, he clarified that the non-inclusion of Xbox consoles is not due to exclusivity agreements.
This was confirmed by the studio’s director of public relations and communications, Molly Carroll through a thread on Reddit. Carroll explained that the Xbox launch is not being delayed due to any potential exclusivity deals. Rather, the studio has run into some technical issues when it comes to running the split-screen co-op mode of Baldur’s Gate 3 on Xbox Series X/S.
Xbox gamers, we’ve seen your questions about if/when you can expect Baldur’s Gate 3 on Xbox. We’ve had an Xbox version of Baldur’s Gate 3 in the works for some time, but we’ve run into some technical issues, particularly with the split-screen co-op. We’re still working on an Xbox version of BG3, but we’re not sure enough to announce it yet. We don’t like to announce anything until we’re ready, because we don’t want to get people’s hopes up until we’re sure we can deliver.
There is no platform exclusivity that would prevent us from releasing BG3 on Xbox day and date, if that’s a technical possibility. If and when we do announce more platforms, we want to make sure each version lives up to our standards and expectations.”
Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced for a PS5 release alongside its PC release earlier this week. The studio revealed some new gameplay footage alongside the PS5 announcement during the recent Sony State of Play. It will also feature cross-platform progression as well as split-screen co-op on console.
Currently available as an Early Access version on PC, Baldur’s Gate 3 will feature the voice of JK Simmons as General Ketheric Thorm.