Baldur's Gate 3 PS5

Baldur's Gate 3 could last you the rest of the year if you really want it to, as Larian Studios has announced a playthrough that touches all the content in the game might last up to 200 hours. A standard, more mainline approach is supposed to last 75 to 100 hours, but in an interview with IGN, boss Swen Vincke said "the ones who want to do everything" will likely take 200 hours to roll credits.

Such a long playtime would fall in line with previous RPGs from Larian Studios, with Divinity: Original Sin 2 tagged at a 152-hour playthrough for completionists on How Long to Beat. Although, Baldur's Gate 3 is structured in a way where you don't need to commit to playing from start to finish all at once. The game is based on large-scale acts — the first of which you'll get three days of early access to if you pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition — which provide a good spotting point. Vincke added: "There will be moments where you can say, 'you know what? I'll stop here and try something else', and then I'll pick it up again. It's big enough."

Larian Studios has recently spoke of just how big Baldur's Gate 3 is set to be, saying it has "three times more cinematic dialogue than all three The Lord of the Rings novels combined" and "174 hours of cinematics, making it more than twice the length of every season of Game of Thrones combined".

What's more, the developer is touting the game will have a high amount of replay value thanks to the amount of classes you can choose. Vincke said: "I think people will re-roll a lot. We have this insane amount of classes, sub-classes, races, sub-races. This is not a small game you're going to be done with in a month. You will be playing it in bits and chunks. Maybe you will drop in with a friend in multiplayer — we have drop-in/drop-out multiplayer also. There are so many ways of playing it." The team has confirmed there'll be 12 classes to choose from at launch, which branch out into a further 46 sub-classes.

On top of that, the PS5 launch in September will just be the beginning for Larian Studios. While no DLC plans have been confirmed, the developer's past two titles have been updated for free after release with enhanced and updates versions, bringing new features to the experience. It's probably fair to say then Baldur's Gate 3 could keep you entertained beyond 2023 — and that's just based on what's there on day one.

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