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Patch 2 for Baldur's Gate 3 coming with 'major performance improvements'

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Larian only just released a MASSIVE patch for Baldur's Gate 3, and another is being planned out to come with some "major performance improvements" which sounds exciting - especially for Steam Deck players.

The first patch went live on August 25th, and the patch notes were so long it couldn't fit on Steam. With it addressing over 1,000 bugs like short characters not really being able to smooch properly. That's been addressed now though so Larian say they're bringing back "Short King Summer".

So what's all this about a second patch then? Well, on X (formerly Twitter) Larian Studios posted this:

"Patch 2 is around the corner. It features major performance improvements, many new tweaks & changes, and begins our journey incorporating feedback into Origin Character epilogues, among other major things. Details coming soon."

Given how even on my desktop, certain parts would drop quite a lot in performance, this is good news. We already know they're planning to upgrade to FSR 2.2 as they previously confirmed, but some major performance improvements on top of that are going to be very welcome as it's really rough in many parts on Steam Deck too.

You can buy Baldur's Gate 3 on Steam and GOG.

Still easily going to be my GOTY, unless something else particularly amazing appears. Starfield who? How's your play-through going? It's still proving to be a huge game with a peak player count today of 539,576 which is very impressive.

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Raaben Aug 29, 2023
I hope "around the corner" means "in time for my extended holiday weekend"

Put off my playthrough until a patch, and hearing then the second wasn't going to be far behind, I'm still waiting to continue.
kaiman Aug 29, 2023
I'm not rushing my playthrough either, so that the later acts receive a bit more polish by the time I arrive. Not that it's hard to linger in Act 1, as there is so much to do and discover. Even when I think I've already turned every stone twice, there surely is another hidden area somewhere that I missed before.

And there's still some patches of black left on the map, too ...
Jarmer Aug 29, 2023
Quoting: kaimanI'm not rushing my playthrough either, so that the later acts receive a bit more polish by the time I arrive. Not that it's hard to linger in Act 1, as there is so much to do and discover. Even when I think I've already turned every stone twice, there surely is another hidden area somewhere that I missed before.

And there's still some patches of black left on the map, too ...

Same here. I accidentally wandered into the underdark and I think I've been there now for like 3 weeks!!
williamjcm Aug 29, 2023
QuoteHow's your play-through going?
Well, I'm already on my third character (a dragonborn monk), though none ever left Act 1 (the furthest I got was the underdark with the second character). 😅
Raaben Aug 29, 2023
Quoting: williamjcm(a dragonborn monk)

Another man of fine taste.
dvd Aug 29, 2023
Quite a good game. Once i finish my playthrough, I'll wait a year or 2 with the second one. Still nowhere as good as wotr though.
TheRiddick Aug 30, 2023
I'll be finished the game by the time the patch is around but at least its happening.

ACT-3 Baldur's Gate region is pretty terrible performance and I've even seen less performance with DLSS enabled in a few cases, the game just has some weird stuff going on that can bring a 4090 to its knees at 40-50fps 4k, even with DLSS.

Act 1 and 2 however seem mostly fine.
MercifulBoss Aug 30, 2023
I wish they'd fix the coop companion staying in your party and taking up a slot without the ability to change him out.
ElectricPrism Aug 30, 2023
I've heard claims that this game may be the best RPG ever made, and my friends who beat all the old Final Fantasy games sound like they are starting to concur.
williamjcm Aug 30, 2023
Quoting: MercifulBossI wish they'd fix the coop companion staying in your party and taking up a slot without the ability to change him out.

That's planned, as a recently released post on Steam indicates: https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1086940/view/3669924544104905987 (it's at the end)
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