Baldurs Gate 3 Patch 2 will address rumored “cut content”, new Origin character Epilogues, and co-op updates

Another update for Baldur’s Gate 3 is coming. Patch #2 will fix the alleged “cut content,” include new Origin Character Epilogues, and make significant changes to the co-op multiplayer choices.

Larian Studios confirms Patch #2 for Baldur s Gate 3 will address alleged "cut content", including new epilogues and co-op updates.

Larian Studios confirms Patch #2 for Baldur s Gate 3 will address alleged “cut content”, including new epilogues and co-op updates. (Images: Larian Studios and Wizards of the Coast)

Baldur’s Gate 3’s huge Patch #1 has already been made available by Larian Studios. This fixed more than 1,000 flaws in BG3’s technical code, visuals, and gameplay balance. There is still work to be done, especially in light of the gaming community’s perception that there may be unfinished or buried content. It appears that some speculators used data mining to extract this purported cut content from the Baldur’s Gate 3 files.

The information for the anticipated Patch #2 was published by Larian Studios on the Steam shop page and the official Baldur’s Gate 3 website. Social media users shared links to the Community Update #24 there.

First, the BG3 development team admitted that the majority of earlier hotfixes, and particularly Patch #1, were primarily intended to remedy technical issues like bugs and glitches. Specifically, the bugs that made the game unplayable, like corrupted saves and storyline obstructions.

The remainder of the Community Update gave a general outline of what Patch #2 will contain. The UI and UX would still receive bug fixes and performance improvements. In addition, they hinted at Karlach, a fan favorite character, getting a new epilogue:

We want to go further than that. We now find ourselves at a time where we’re able to properly sit down and consider how to parse feedback beyond bug fixing and UX tweaks. Patch 2 is just around the corner, and while it does include bug fixes, it also includes substantial performance improvements for the first time since launch. Perhaps more notably, we’re adding better closure to the story’s final act in the form of a more fleshed-out ending for Karlach – something many of you have been asking for.

Regarding the supposed cut content, Larian Studios clarified the truth and disproved the myth, which was spread among the game’s fanbase, including on Reddit:

What’s been datamined is not really cut content but content that we didn’t want to release because we didn’t think it worked. We’re pretty strict with ourselves and our ideas. If it isn’t good – if it isn’t fun to play – it doesn’t make it into the game. One of the reasons why we trimmed the epilogue is because we were afraid the ending cinematics were becoming too long and would detract from the epicness of the experience. But clearly, not everyone agrees with us! So we’re going to do something about it.

We’ve started expanding the epilogues and you’ll see the first results of that in Patch 2 with the addition of a new optional ending with Karlach. It’s fiery, poignant, and gives her the ending she deserves.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is finished in terms of what was planned, according to Larian Studios, who added that some plans didn’t make it into the finished product. No short cuts were taken in order to provide the final product, as some detractors claimed based on datamining the files:

It was always our intention for the Upper City to be an epic, cinematic epilogue bringing the story of Baldur’s Gate 3 to a close. But we didn’t talk about that in advance because it would have been a major spoiler.

We feel confident that there’s enough content in Baldur’s Gate 3, and the city itself, clocking in weeks-long playthroughs at a time. But that’s not to say Baldur’s Gate 3 didn’t see cuts just as every game. It’s just important to know that what ultimately shipped was planned long ago, in function primarily of making Baldur’s Gate 3 fun to play, not for us to close development quickly.

Larian Studios reiterates their dedication to listening to player feedback and ongoing trend monitoring in the final section of the Baldur’s Gate 3 Community Update #24 in order to further enhance the player experience.

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After Baldur’s Gate 3 files were datamined, speculation over claimed “cut content” was refuted by Larian Studios. However, they do guarantee that future upgrades for BG3 will add fresh content in order to strengthen the story’s resolution and the user experience.Due to multiplayer co-op party members being unavailable, the programmers announced Patch #2 will fix the issue where players are unable to advance. In the “Withers’ Wardrobe of Wayward Friends” patch #2, players will have the ability to dismiss co-op party members who join their campaign, enabling them to advance in BG3 alone.There is also a comment regarding the inclusion of a highly sought feature: the capability to modify a character’s appearance following creation. Players of Baldur’s Gate 3 have been demanding this aesthetic option, either to illustrate how their characters developed during the narrative or simply to update their characters’ looks to suit their preferences.

Most MMOs, like World of Warcraft and Dungeons & Dragons Online, include options to alter character appearances. Since players can freely describe the appearance of their characters using the theater-of-the-mind style of game that the classic D&D RPG is founded on, it also has echoes of the D&D TTRPG. However, it was not confirmed if this option to change character looks will be in Patch #2 or in a later update.

Larian Studios hinted that the developers would eventually offer tools and help for modding in a related statement. Long after their initial release, several classic computer role-playing games (CRPGs) gained fresh life and rekindled interest thanks to modding communities. A devoted modding scene still exists for classics like the first two Baldur’s Gate games by BioWare, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls games by Bethesda, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Might and Magic, and many others.

Larian Studios is addressing concerns from players to enable changing of appearances after character creation, even if it was not confirmed for the impending Patch #2. Support for modding is also anticipated in the future.You can read the complete transcript of Community Update #24 for Baldur’s Gate 3 here.

What do you think about Community Update #24 for Baldur’s Gate 3? Did Larian Studios, as some speculations claimed, actually have any cut content buried because of time restrictions? Are you anticipating the changes in the upcoming BG3 Patch #2?

For Windows PC, Baldur’s Gate 3 is accessible through the Steam and GOG marketplaces. On September 6, 2023, the Sony Playstation 5 version will be made available.

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