Gamers hoping to play Baldur’s Gate 3 on Xbox Series X/S may finally have a release date to focus on, according to the latest leak.
Baldur’s Gate 3 was released out of early access on PC on August 3, with PlayStation 5 and Mac support coming shortly after in the subsequent months. Notably, this list does not include Microsoft’s flagship gaming console, despite developer Larian telling fans a port is in the works. The latest rumor for a possible release date on the Xbox Series X/S has now come out, and fans may still have a bit to wait longer.
Larian CEO Swen Vincke tweeted at the end of October that the Xbox version of Baldur’s Gate 3 was being playtested and was still on track to release in 2023. Vincke didn’t hint at an exact release date, instead saying the timing would be announced once the studio was confident that the work behind the port was done.
When will Baldur’s Gate 3 be on Xbox Series X/S?
Baldur’s Gate 3 will be released on Xbox Series X/S on December 6, according to the latest leak.
eXtas1s from exputer.com reported that sources have indicated Larian Studios has a specific date in mind, hoping for a release date of December 6 for the Xbox Series X/S version of Baldur’s Gate 3. Three months after its full release on PC, Xbox owners will be able to enjoy Faerûn alongside PC, iOS, and PlayStation 5 players.
The Xbox version of Baldur’s Gate 3 has run into multiple roadblocks leading to this delayed release. Larian Studios ran into issues getting split-screen co-op to work on Xbox Series S due to the console’s hardware. Microsoft’s policy doesn’t allow for a disparity between its two systems, pushing back the Xbox release further to work on adapting the function for the less-powerful Xbox Series S. An agreement was later made between the two companies allowing for couch co-op on Xbox Series X without it being present on Xbox Series S.
Fans can take comfort in the fact that despite the wait, once Baldur’s Gate 3 releases on Xbox Series X/S any previous saves can be brought over to the console from PC. Vincke confirmed cross-save functionality earlier this year and it’s currently available on PlayStation 5. This would allow gamers to switch between playing at their couch or desk, or even on the go using a device such as the Steam Deck.
But without an official date announcement for the Xbox Series X/S release of Baldur’s Gate 3, fans could still see a further delay, even into 2024. Larian Studios has shown its dedication to the game already, releasing multiple significant updates while adding new content and making sure each console version works flawlessly. A delay from the studio will at least mean the Xbox Series X/S version will be as polished as are the other live versions of the game.