Baldur’s Gate 3 has won Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2023. This rounds off a hugely successful night for the CRPG and its developer, Larian Studios, having also won Best RPG, Best Multiplayer, Best Community Support, and the Players’ Voice Award. Baldur’s Gate 3 actor Neil Newbon also won Best Performance for playing Astarion.
Baldur’s Gate 3’s win at The Game Awards comes after it also won Ultimate Game of the Year at the UK’s Golden Joystick Awards – along with wins in six other categories. Even going into The Game Awards, it was clear that Larian would have a great night, as it tied in first place for the most nominations alongside Alan Wake 2, getting nods in eight categories.
The runaway success of Baldur’s Gate 3 has come as a surprise to many – not because its quality is in question, but because it belongs to a genre that many seem too inaccessible to have such wide appeal. Instead, Baldur’s Gate 3 has attracted genre diehards and more casual fans, perhaps hooked by the characters more than anything else.
Now, it’s got what is often considered to be the Game of the Year award under its belt. Not bad going for a revival of a series that hadn’t had an instalment since Baldur’s Gate 2 in 2000. In case you haven’t checked it out already, then fret not, you don’t have to play the previous two games to get what’s going on here – but you should check them out anyway because they’re great.
With Baldur’s Gate 3 being such a hit, it’s unsurprising that its recently added epilogue was so sequel-baity. Here, many characters make references to another adventure, with Withers outright stating that we should rest while we can because our adventuring days aren’t over yet. This might be referring to some kind of DLC, although this hasn’t been confirmed just yet.
Frankly, given all the updates Baldur’s Gate 3 has received, Larian should probably just relax for a bit. It would give the team time to decide who gets to take home which trophy, after all. Although now, there’s enough to go around.
The news doesn’t stop there. As soon as the show came to an end, Baldur’s Gate 3 suddenly appeared on the Xbox store. Larian has now confirmed that the game has launched on Xbox digitally, with its physical release coming to all platforms in the new year.
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