The Popular Video Game Baldur’s Gate 3
The popular video game Baldur’s Gate 3 currently has a level cap of 12, showering immense love from players for its incorporation of D&D 5E's rules. The game also boasts mischievous elements, such as boss battles employing capitalism or unintentional murdering of companions while pursuing love. Baldur’s Gate 3 boldly adapts the tabletop game to a digital version, bending D&D rules as necessary. The level 12 cap is one such adaptation, keeping the gaming experience balanced and grounded.
Director Swen Vincke Addresses Level Cap Concerns
During a recent video interview hosted on the D&D YouTube channel, Director Swen Vincke addressed questions concerning the imposition of the level cap. Talk about how this cap might impact future downloadable content was a central point. The director reassured that integrating levels 13-20 of D&D into their game was far from impossible.
The Escalation of Power and Capabilities
The escalation of power and capabilities that players acquire, particularly the spells after level 12, in D&D 5E has been a significant concern for Larian films during the game's development. Regardless, Vincke clarified that while there's no solid confirmation of a new level cap, that doesn't mean it's off the table or that there won't be any future downloadable content. He explained, 'You could do different things in it (DLC) so it doesn't have to be necessarily at the end of the game. There's different ways that you can do that.'
Possibility of Higher Levels
As for the prospect of bringing the higher levels of D&D to Baldur’s Gate 3, Vincke said it was definitely a possibility, but it would require transforming it into 'a different game.' He elaborated that this would mean different stakes, protagonists, antagonists, and environments but reiterated it's not an undoable task. In fact, Larian Studios, directed by Vincke himself, are already said to have embarked on their next gaming project.
Expectations for Future Levels
While it remains a tantalising prospect to wield the godlike power provided by level 20 in D&D, players may have to keep their expectations in check. In the meantime, Baldur’s Gate 3 already provides several comprehensive guides for building the most powerful level 12 Wizard, Warlock, and other characters.