If you’ve got a none-too-powerful PC, it’s a blessing that Baldur’s Gate 3 is turn-based. No matter how much your machine might struggle, your foes will wait patiently to burn your party’s faces off. But according to Larian Studios founder and CEO Swen Vincke, this fantasy RPG could be getting a performance boost or two.
That’s not to say Baldur’s Gate 3 runs horribly. That PC we first tried it on? It was well below the minimum spec and we were grateful that it ran at all. We’re currently playing it on PlayStation 5 and we’ve run into zero performance issues and the second major PC patch already gave performance a poke.
However, posting on Twitter, Vincke remarked that “..our code team is getting closer and closer to achieving the performance they originally aimed for – I think they’ll manage to surprise everyone still. They’re very motivated.”
That last bit does sound faintly sinister and we hope that Larian isn’t handing out eye-worms. But, provided all goes well, Baldur’s Gate 3 fans could find their fantasy RPG of choice running even more smoothly. We’re definitely not to going to say no to a few extra FPS.
There could be another reason for Larian to squeeze every last drop of juice out of the BG3 engine. The Xbox Series X|S version of BG3 is going to arrive this year, but its development has, by all accounts, proved problematic. Larian hasn’t exactly blamed the Xbox Series S but, unlike the X, the S won’t run in split-screen mode. So S owners could certainly benefit from whatever BG3 tweaks materialise.
The game is receiving regular hotfixes but there’s no date or even confirmation of a patch 3. Larian is almost certainly working on one, but for now? Why not dive back into Baldur’s Gate 3 and try a different path? Hey.. what happens if you eat all the tadpoles?