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Larian confirms Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t coming to Xbox Game Pass

What you need to know

  • Baldur’s Gate 3 director and Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke has confirmed Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t coming to Xbox Game Pass, according to a report that appeared in Eurogamer.
  • Vincke says that he believes “there’s a fair price to be paid” for the colossal scope of Baldur’s Gate 3, and noted that you “get what you pay for” since it doesn’t have any microtransactions.
  • Vincke also noted that its chosen business model is “what allows us to continue making other games.”
  • Baldur’s Gate 3 finally launched on Xbox Series X|S last week, having been delayed due to issues with split screen on the Series S version.

It’s been long-suspected that Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian Studios wouldn’t bring its Game of the Year-winning juggernaut to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass service, but according to a report that appeared in Eurogamer, it’s now been confirmed officially.

In the report in Eurogamer, Larian CEO Swen Vincke explained that he believes the game’s size and its lack of microtransactions fully justifies keeping its availability limited to a full purchase, and that that decision is important for the studio’s ability to carry out its future development plans.

“Oh, we always said from the get-go, it wasn’t going to be on Game Pass, it’s not going to be on Game Pass … We made a big game, so I think there’s a fair price to be paid for that, and I think that that is okay,” Vincke said. “We don’t charge you any micro-transactions on top of it, so you get what you pay for. Upfront it’s a big meaty game. So I think that should be able to exist as it is. This is what allows us to continue making other games.”

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In September, leaked documents from the Xbox vs. FTC case revealed that Microsoft previously considered Baldur’s Gate 3 a “second-run Stadia PC RPG,” and that it estimated it would cost just $5 million to bring to Xbox Game Pass (it expected it would have to pay $300 million for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor to come to the service, by comparison).

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