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Sex is a part of life, and it's a part of Baldur's Gate, as well. Heck, it's part of the roleplaying experience at this point, expected even, with Mass Effect's randy Commander Shepard's legendary exploits causing a scandal in at least two separate dimensions. Considering that the two revolutionary roleplaying franchises are kissing cousins (developmentally speaking), perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that salacious gamers are already ensuring Baldur's Gate 3's success.

In what Larian is claiming to be a first for video game sex scenes (we'd believe it), developer Larian Studios brought in intimacy coordinators to assist with its more mature content, which is not necessarily constrained by the laws of physics or reality. An intimacy instructor, according to SAG-AFTRA (thanks Kotaku), is "an advocate, a liaison between actors and production, and a movement coach and/or choreographer in regards to nudity and simulated sex and other intimate and hyper-exposed scenes.”

Jennifer English and Devora Wilde, who portray potential protagonists, party members, and love interests Shadowheart and Lae'zel, respectively, sat down with the BBC recently to discuss the experience. On the subject of the game's sex scenes, English admits there were some awkward moments but that the game's story never crossed the line. English was pleased Larian employed the coordinators, stating that: "I never felt 'yuck' in a recording session at all. And I've got quite a low 'yuck' threshold." On the subject of the now-infamous shapeshifted bear sex scene, Wilde says the whole thing is hilarious, "It just shows you how crazy in the best possible way this game is."

Baldur's Gate 3 launches on PS5 on 6th September, but on PC from 3rd August, so expect your normally-tame social media timeline to get a little spicer from next week.

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