In an exciting announcement, Larian Studios has confirmed that cross-play functionality is in the works for Baldur's Gate 3. This means that players on PlayStation 5, PC, and eventually Xbox will be able to join forces and play together online. While cross-play will not be available at launch, it is already part of the studio's development roadmap.
According to Michael Douse, the director of publishing at Larian Studios, cross-play was always intended for Baldur's Gate 3, but it proved to be one challenge too many to be ready for the game's release. However, the studio is committed to bringing this feature to players and is actively working on it. While no specific release date has been announced, it is reassuring to know that cross-play is a matter of “when” rather than “if.”
For players on PlayStation 5, the game already supports online multiplayer and split-screen local co-op. Additionally, cross-saves are available, allowing players to seamlessly switch between platforms. However, it is worth noting that split-screen performance on PS5 is not optimal, as it is limited to the 30fps Quality visual mode, which may appear choppier compared to the preferred 60fps Performance visual mode.
Larian Studios has acknowledged performance issues in the city of Baldur's Gate, particularly in the game's climactic final act. The studio has assured players that it is actively working to address these problems. While most PS5 players may not have reached this stage yet, those importing saves from PC may encounter these issues.
Overall, the PS5 version of Baldur's Gate 3 has been positively received by players. The controls and user interface adaptations have pleasantly surprised many, with some even preferring the PS5 experience over playing on a PC.
Source: Larian Studios' director of publishing, Michael Douse