Early Access launches can definitely be eventful. In between servers breaking and serious issues being unearthed, studios usually have their hands full. In the case of Baldur's Gate 3 developer Larian Studios, that is an understatement.
Not only did its Ghent studio get flooded just before Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access launch day, but, a short while after, its Quebec office was hit by a power cut.
"The day before launch, the weather also broke the Ghent basement. Which was suboptimal because we were shooting a thing for those who get to the end of Act 1 (no spoilers)." the developer wrote in a post on Steam.
Baldur's Gate 3 Early Access Launch Day Flooding
"Soon after, the power broke in Quebec. This is the 3rd launch in a row where Larian has had a powercut somewhere."
Having access to five studios in different locations around the globe definitely helped the developer push through these unforseen issues.
As it jokingly puts it, "[...]if one gets defeated by water or electricity (please, not both together), we have 4 other studios to deal with the tornado, earthquake, or a Kaiju. At this point launching a game is basically like playing Sim City."
Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access launch was also hit by more usual issues, including crashes, a short period during which players couldn't purchase the game on Steam, and a temporarily broken Larian launcher.
The studio also received a large amount of support tickets because of this, which caused problems of its own. In the following days, it put out three hotfixes, a patch, as well as a death map for the RPG.
Baldur's Gate 3 is out now in Early Access and available on PC, via Steam and Gog.com, alongside Google Stadia.
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