As is made pretty clear early on in Baldur’s Gate 3, ceremorphosis is bloody horrible. As if becoming a Mind Flayer wasn’t bad enough, the process contorts your body in such inhuman ways that it sends a shiver down your spine just thinking about it. That’s if the idea of having a tadpole inserted through your eye wasn’t enough to turn up your lunch.
To get the message across, many of your companions will refer to the process in Act 1, sometimes in graphic detail. It’s effective, making it clear that you and your party need to get the tadpoles removed ASAP. However, Larian Studios apparently felt that this didn’t go far enough, as they’ve just added a horrific ceremorphosis cinematic at the very beginning of the game.
When you start a new game on the nautiloid, it’s possible to hit some controls and cause an unfortunate victim to undergo ceremorphosis. The game accomplishes this by having the person disappear in a cloud of smoke, reemerging as a Mind Flayer once it passes. The implication here is terrifying, but not awful enough for Larian’s taste, it would seem.
Now, with Patch 3 installed, the smoke will take a little longer to fill the whole pod. This means that you see a few more seconds of the transformation process, and it’s enough to hammer home why you’d never want this to happen to you. You know, if that wasn’t clear enough already.
Turns out, Lae’zel and Gale really aren’t exaggerating when they walk you through the steps of ceremorphosis. Just… well, watch at your own discretion. Unless I’m warning you too late and you’ve seen it already. In which case, yeah, I’m sorry about that. But imagine the poor souls starting a new game without reading the patch notes, they would have been in for the shock of their lives.
Better yet, Larian even admits how cruel it’s being by adding this animation. As per the patch notes: “Nobody asked for this, but we made the ceremorphosis scene on the nautiloid more horrifying. You’re welcome.” Yeah, cheers for that.
The patch notes are full of little amusing fixes like this. My personal favourite has to be, “Fixed issues with Astarion discussing topics that are no longer relevant.” Like, same? Let him speak, we don’t mind. Oh, and Gale should be less desperate now, as Larian tries to fix the flow of his romance arc. Or, more specifically, stop it from activating so quickly and with little prompting from the player.
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