After the Game Awards announced its nominees for 2024 on Monday night, Larian Studios took to Twitter to celebrate the whopping eight nominations of Baldur’s Gate 3 by teasing upcoming Xbox and physical versions of the smash-hit CRPG.
“Xbox fans, and fans of physical media, watch this space for a formal announcement,” Larian wrote. “It’s going to be a busy week 👀.”
Baldur’s Gate 3 is currently only available on PlayStation 5 and PC/Steam Deck, but Larian’s tweet seems to indicate that the game’s temporary console exclusivity is coming to an end in the near future. The delay on Xbox was mostly caused by issues the development team was encountering with BG3’s split-screen performance on the Xbox Series S, which doesn’t have the same amount of horsepower as its more suped up sibling the Xbox Series X. Larian ultimately decided to drop split-screen fron Series S version of the game in order to bring it to Xbox in general this year. The Series X version is still set to include the split-screen co-op feature at launch, and the developers are apparently trying to get it to work for the Series S in a future update.
Larian’s Swen Vincke recently posted an update on the Xbox version’s development on Twitter.
“Got a nice present from our engineers,” Vincke captioned a set of screenshots on November 7. “Ensuring memory is well under control and having buffer for peaks was the main thing holding us back I think this will benefit all platforms too. Still some work left but very close now.”
It seems like this version of Baldur’s Gate 3 might be closer than we expected, if the “busy week” comment is anything to judge by. Hopefully more details about the Xbox version and physical offerings will be revealed over the coming days.