Everything You Need to Know About Divinity: Original Sin 3 Explained

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Way back when in 2017, now five years ago, Larian released Divinity: Original Sin 2, a sequel to 2014's Divinity: Original Sin. In the years after its release, Larian supported the game with copious updates, tweaks, new features, and even ports to other platforms. Then, in 2019, Larian finally announced its next project: Baldur's Gate 3. Since then, there hasn't been much in the way of an update on what's next for the Divinity series. So, in this article, we'll explain everything you need to know about Divinity: Original Sin 3.

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Larian has been making games based on the D&D ruleset for a long time. Founder of Larian Swen Vincke has been obsessed with the franchise for an even longer time, so it all adds up. In many ways, the Divinity games themselves are, essentially, Larian's take on the classic D&D-inspired RPGs of the 1990s, like Baldur's Gate.

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This is so true, in fact, that before work on Divinity: Original Sin 2 began, Swen approached Wizards of the Coast (owners of the D&D IP) and asked about Larian developing a new Baldur's Gate game, but as the legend goes, Wizards of the Coast felt like Larian was too much of an up-and-comer in the gaming world to be trusted with such an important piece of gaming history.

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The folks at Wizards of the Coast quickly changed their tune, though, when they had a look at the masterpiece that was Divinity: Original 2, and they quickly asked Larian if the company was still interested in Baldur's Gate. Swen agreed, and as Divinity: Original Sin 2 wrapped up, work on Baldur's Gate 3 began, leading up to its Early Access release in 2020.

Earlier this year, Larian announced that Baldur's Gate 3 would finally be leaving Early Access in 2023, though the company declined to give a more specific release date. This, to be clear, refers to the PC Steam version of the game. Console versions are inevitable, even if (years ago) a Larian developer commented that the game was 'too much' for PS4 and Xbox One. Next-gen consoles are here, and considering how well the Divinity: Original Sin games did on console, not bringing Baldur's Gate 3 to console would not make much sense.

This goes to say that there will, almost inevitably, be a fair bit of work to come on Baldur's Gate 3, even after the game actually, formally, releases. But don't get too upset, Divinity fans, because Larian in the years spent developing Baldur's Gate 3 has expanded from a studio of around 150 to a studio with over 400 employees. These are the numbers of a major, AAA game developer. And with these numbers, as Baldur's Gate 3's development nears the finish line, work on a new project is likely to begin once the game comes out.

But is there reason to think Divinity: Original Sin 3 is what's next?

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Is Divinity: Original Sin 3 Coming Eventually?

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Firstly, Divinity is Larian's longest-running series and sort of the developer's major claim to fame. In the time of Divinity: Original Sin 2, a spin-off called Divinity: Fallen Heroes was even announced, bringing an X-COM style experience to the world of Divinity. Though, we haven't heard anything about Fallen Heroes in years, so the project is at least on ice if not cancelled.

Nonetheless, Larian has been making Divinity games for over 20 years, so it's safe to say that the franchise is important to Larian, making it very unlikely the company has decided to pivot away entirely from its most successful IP. Baldur's Gate is a dream license for many developers, but releasing game after game in the Baldur's Gate franchise seems unlikely for Larian, all things considered.

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Within the Divinity series, the Original Sin games are far and away the most successful titles, so when Larian returns to Divinity, it only stands to reason that the next game in the series will tie into the Original Sin games, even if it's not a direct sequel.

So, assuming Larian does return to Divinity after Baldur's Gate 3, when could we expect the game to actually come out?

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Divinity: Original Sin 3 Release Date

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Baldur's Gate 3 officially releases sometime in 2023, so let's assume work on Divinity: Original Sin 3 begins with a small team of folks at Larian in 2023. Naturally, the game's development will begin with pre-production, especially as Larian continues to support Baldur's Gate 3 after release and bring the game to other platforms.

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If Baldur's Gate 3 launches midway through 2023, it's far to assume Divinity: Original Sin 3 won't enter full production until late 2024/2025. By then, hopefully, Baldur's Gate 3 will be a complete experience and on all the platforms Larian has ever hoped the game would be able to release on. Once production begins, though, there will be a few years of waiting.

However, Larian has a well-established tendency of launching its games in Early Access before spending the remaining months (or years) completing the experience for a formal 1.0 launch. So, we could likely expect an Early Access release of Divinity: Original Sin 3 by 2027. Baldur's Gate 3 will have remained in Early Access for three years by the time it comes out, which isn't particularly encouraging, but it's important to remember a few things.

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Baldur's Gate 3 launched in Early Access in 2020, and COVID-19 has changed a lot for businesses across the world since. Plus, Larian as a studio has expanded exponentially since beginning development on Baldur's Gate 3. So, it's pretty fair to expect that Divinity: Original 3 won't spend nearly as long in Early Access as Baldur's Gate 3.

We could reasonably expect Divinity: Original Sin 3 to release just a year (or maybe two) after launching in Early Access, which would put a release date somewhere in 2028 or 2029. Yes, that's a while away, but massive open-world RPGs with tons of choices, characters, endings, loot, quests, and everything else aren't made overnight, far from it.