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Here’s why you can’t preload Baldur’s Gate 3’s massive 122GB file size

What you need to know

  • Larian Studios’ Baldur’s Gate 3 is a massive RPG set in the D&D universe that’s about to launch on PC, with the PS5 version arriving at the start of September and an Xbox version coming at some point in the future.
  • The game has been confirmed to have a massive 122GB file size on PC, no doubt the result of its gargantuan scale. However, there’s no way to preload any of it ahead of its release.
  • The developers say it was impossible to offer preloads due to a Steam limitation that makes it impossible to preload the full version of a game currently in Early Access.
  • Larian also says installing the currently available Early Access version of the game would interfere with the full release and cause “unintended conflicts,” so you’d have to do a full reinstall anyway. Early Access saves won’t carry over, either.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is undoubtedly one of the biggest games of 2023 in terms of both fanfare and scope, and it’s expected to be one of the top PC games of the year. It’s scheduled to go live on Windows PCs tomorrow, Aug. 3, at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET, with a PS5 version launching on Sept. 6 and an Xbox one coming at some point. Frustratingly, though, the game’s gargantuan 122GB file size can’t be preloaded ahead of time.

That means that you’ll have to wait until the game is out before you can install it, which is particularly irritating for players that have slower internet connections. Developer Larian Studios didn’t clarify why preloads aren’t being offered in its Community Update post on Steam, though the studio has since provided an explanation on Twitter. The reason? There’s a Steam limitation that prevented it.


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