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Larian Studios CEO denies Wizards of the Coast blocked Baldur’s Gate 4

A Baldur's Gate 3 character with long hair holding up his finger.

Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke has stepped up to defend Wizards of the Coast, confirming that it was Larian’s decision not to proceed with Baldur’s Gate 4. There’s been quite a stir, but he’s insistent that the D&D rights holders are not to blame.

Ever heard of Baldur’s Gate 3? Of course you have. Larian Studios’ turn-based RPG has become an absolute smash, gobbling up awards left right and centre. But Larian has recently confirmed that it won’t be making a Baldur’s Gate 4. Also, it’s cancelled its in-the-works Baldur’s Gate 3 DLC. A Baldur’s Gate 4 could still happen, but Larian won’t be involved.

The internet reacted with surprise and some ire has been directed against Wizards of the Coast, who hold the rights to Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering and more. However, Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian, tweeted that this was not a case of Wizards of the Coast snatching the licence out of the studio’s hands, far from it.

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“WOTC is not to blame for us taking a different direction. On the contrary, they really did their best and have been a great licensor for us, letting us do our thing. This is because it’s what’s best for Larian,” he tweeted, echoing earlier sentiments.

Reflecting on the cancellation of DLC, he previously remarked that “I understand there will be disappointment because people fell in love with what we created but it was a story with a beginning, middle and an end and it doesn’t need more.” He went on to add that Larian wasn’t done with updating the game.

A quick glance around Twitter reveals that there is fair amount of hate directed against Wizards of the Coast. The company is no stranger to controversy, having been criticised for using AI art in some Magic the Gathering cards. They’ll no doubt weather this fuss, but we wouldn’t want to be their social media manager right now.

There’s no news on a Baldur’s Gate 4 but given the success of BG3, you can bet it’ll happen. But Astarion, Shadowheart and company? They’ve gone their own ways and we should be happy for them. And if Larian’s next game is even half as good as Baldur’s Gate 3 we’re in for a treat.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.