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Series X|S disparities behind Baldur's Gate 3 MIA on Xbox

Larian says technical issues around split-screen co-op kept it from confirming Xbox release date alongside other platforms

Larian Studios has clarified why it left the Xbox versions of Baldur's Gate 3 off the list yesterday when it announced an August 31 release date for the game on PS5, PC, Mac, and GeForce Now.

"We've had an Xbox version of Baldur's Gate 3 in development for some time now," the company said.

"We've run into some technical issues in developing the Xbox port that have stopped us feeling 100% confident in announcing it until we're certain we've found the right solutions – specifically, we've been unable to get split-screen co-op to work to the same standard on both Xbox Series X and S, which is a requirement for us to ship."

The studio went on to specify that there is no platform exclusivity deal preventing it from launching Baldur's Gate 3 alongside the other versions should the technical issues be resolved in time.

"If and when we do announce further platforms, we want to make sure each version lives up to our standards and expectations," Larian added.

Baldur's Gate 3 debuted on Steam Early Access in 2020. For more on the game's development, check out our interview with Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke on the game's first year in Early Access.

Correction: The original headline of this article referred to the Xbox version of Baldur's Gate 3 as delayed, but Larian had not announced a release window for it in the first place. It has been amended.

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