Shortly after the news of Baldur’s Gate 3’s Early Access delay, Larian Studios was back to give players a deep dive into what they can expect from the romance and companionship options in the game.
Larian’s main goal was to create a world that doesn’t just react to you, but one that responds to everything. Your friends and enemies have thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the world around them.
Your relationship with characters is effected heavily by this and the choices you make to change the world. Larian talks more about this on its Steam blog post.
“Each of your companions have their own personalities, goals, and motivations. Bound by the shared problem of an Illithid tadpole buried in their head, they will join your party but you’ll all have to put your differences aside if you want to survive. The exact relationship you have with your companions, already marred by differences, will be shaped by who you are, what you do, who you side with, and what you say in conversation with them.
We’ve tried to create reactive systems all throughout the journey of a relationship; from the time of meeting a companion, to the potential romance with them. (Romance is a polite word we’re using for sex. But we’re not quite there yet, more on that in a moment.)”
Yes, there will be sex in Baldur’s Gate 3. Larian Studios has also confirmed that the game will be rated M by the ESRB, probably for the best.
Campfires are where players will have a moment to take a break from the action and get to have intimate conversations with their companions.
“How intimate a character will be with you relies heavily on who they are, and who you become on your adventure. There are factions in the game you may side with, or revolt against. Your party will have opinions about that, and in multiplayer - once Origin Avatars have joined Early Access (not day 1) - the systems will technically allow you to have intimate moments with your friends. Talk about party dynamics!”
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It doesn’t matter your race, gender, or class for romance. It’s entirely dependent on what you and a character have been through together and where your morals lie.