During Larian Studio’s Panel From Hell: Release Showcase for Baldur’s Gate 3, it was revealed by the team that, alongside the complexity of romance and characterization, the game will include polyamory.
It has been established previously that Baldur’s Gate 3 offers a lot when it comes to romance, with several different options for players to choose from. Each romance will not be as ‘simple’ as players should expect from games such as BioWare, meaning that you won’t be able to just befriend your fellow companions with a few nice words and gifts, but through actions and choices that reflect the sort of character you embody.
This complexity goes even further with the confirmation of polyamory options in Baldur’s Gate 3. Polyamory was somewhat hinted at in early access, with characters such as Lae’zel (at first) only seeing you as a one-night stand who doesn’t care if she shares you or not. Astarion too, at first, doesn’t seem that bothered in keeping you to himself either, and has made some flirty come-ons to both Shadowheart and Wyll. Whether this will continue outside of early access is anyone’s guess.
Of course, there are some combinations of polyamory that will simply not work. For example, we don’t see a relationship between Lae’zel, Shadowheart and you working any time soon. There will also be some companions who are simply not interested in pursuing a polyamorous relationship. Those are the breaks and all.
Alongside same-sex romance, Baldur’s Gate 3 has inclusive and diverse character customization, such as the inclusion of picking your own pronouns.
Baldur’s Gate 3 releases on August 3 for PC and September 6 for the PS5.