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The latest Larian community update for Baldur & # 39; s Gate 3 comes alongside the third in the studio Hell Live Stream Dashboard, but if you want the short version, here it is: Patch 5 will be released on July 13th and is focused on mechanical changes based on community feedback rather than new content, and the head of the studio, Swen Vincke says the full version will be "hopefully somewhere at (20) 22."
What's in patch 5? A lot. First, the roll of the dice will get a great interface that shows that modifiers are added after the roll (hallelujah) and asks if you want to cast spells as a guide to influence the outcome. You can even ask group members to help you with their own spells, but in multiplayer mode, other players might reject you.
The campsite has been overhauled and you will now have to spend supplies for each long break instead of taking a free nap after each fight. My habit of hoarding all the cheese that has been distributed there will suddenly bear fruit. The campsites will also reflect your surroundings in patch 5, instead of always looking like that forest near the beach, and there are some new scenes that can play into it, including a nice looking one if you manage to recruit both a dog like an owl bear cub. pets.
Changes in combat include jump separation and disengagement, so they are separate actions, with disengagement as the full action. This makes Baldur & # 39; s Gate 3 more in line with desktop D&D, and is something that players have been demanding, as well as the new option to cancel spells that require the concentration of your charm and change non-lethal attacks to knock out enemies. "You can still steal them blind," Vincke says, "but you don't have to kill them. It's better for your karma."
Another addition will be the secret mini-quiz based on the background of each character to reward them for playing writing. A character with a Noble background will be rewarded for hiring ogres as bodyguards, while a Hedgehog will be rewarded for conversing these ogres for working for free. Or, to steal a finger ring. Rewards are inspirational points that can be spent on re-launching the d20. Once you have a four-point inspiration reserve, more will be converted to 25 XP.
One last major change is the addition of NPC barks for various actions, such as Minsc shouting "Go for the eyes, Boo!" every time you told him to knock on Baldur’s original door, as it is permanently etched in my mind. Apparently, in Baldur & # 39; s Gate 3 the things the characters say will change depending on where the story is and its character arcs, and more than 800 barks have been recorded just to cover the early access portion of the game.
Smaller changes include some spell tweaks, enemy AI, and now that you find Shadowheart (the cleric you finally have the option to recruit), imprisoned in the tutorial, you'll be able to release it. Which is nice. The bug that made some cubes edible has also been fixed.
Patch 6 will be more of a "new content" patch and Larian is already working on it. According to Vincke, it will be here "faster than you think."