Should gamers be concerned for the Baldur’s Gate 3 review delay?

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Few games have been more hotly anticipated than Baldur’s Gate 3, and a review delay prior to the game’s release has some gamers worried about what it could mean.

Review copies of new games typically go out early enough for reviewers to give a game a proper test prior to its public release. But a review delay for Baldur’s Gate 3 will make that more difficult, and gamers are wondering what the reason is for it all.

Will Baldur’s Gate 3 be good?

The big question for many players is whether Baldur’s Gate 3 will be good enough to live up its massive expectations. The game is a direct sequel to Baldur’s Gate 2, a venerated role-playing game released more than two decades ago that contributed to the lofty status held by developer Bioware for so many years.

New developer and publisher Larian Studios has much to live up to with the release of Baldur’s Gate 3. An early access period that generated a positive response from most players only heightened the hype. With the game set to release on August 3, 2023, prospective players are looking forward to media reviews. But those reviews may not be coming as quickly as interested players would like.

It has been claimed that review copies for Baldur’s Gate 3 were delayed by Larian Studios, and Larian has not denied this. But what does that mean?

Why were Baldur’s Gate 3 reviews delayed?

There isn’t yet any official answer as to why Baldur’s Gate 3 reviews were delayed, but it’s usually not a good sign. Studios sometimes delay review copies being sent to media outlets when they are worried about the critical response to a new game.


If review copies are sent on time, the thinking is that media outlets will be able to properly report on a game’s quality prior to its release. If it’s a good game, this is a good thing for the developer and publisher. But if the game has issues, a poor crop of reviews can actually dampen excitement for new games and affect their sales numbers.

With no official word being given on the reason for this late change, fans of the series can only sit and wait for its release on August 3 to find out how good the new role-playing game really is.

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Written by Jared Wynne

Jared Wynne has been covering gaming and esports for the past two decades. He's a former competitor in Counter-Strike, and still counts it among his favorite games along with RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Mass Effect. He studied journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, has been published at such outlets as The Daily Dot and The Esports Observer, and is the former Editor-in-Chief at You can find him on Twitter / X at @JaredWynne.

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