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Baldur’s Gate 3 Release Time & Preload Guide: When is BG3 Out?

Wondering the exact release time of Baldur’s Gate 3, and curious about the game’s preload. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to know about the release of one of the biggest RPGs of the year!

Very close to the planned release date, development studio Larian had good news about the release date, with news of the game coming early instead of being delayed! Well, for PC players, at least. Here’s everything you need to know about the BG3 release time and preload!

When Does Baldur’s Gate 3 Come Out?

The Baldur's Gate 3 release time map, with localized info for major time zones.

After being moved up from it’s original release date, Baldur’s Gate 3 will release on PC at 8 AM PDT/11 AM EDT on August 3. News of the bump came in a blog post, with the development team saying the game will now come “at a time where you’ll have more time to play it.” This has led many to speculate that the Baldur’s Gate 3 release time is moving to avoid competing with fellow major RPG Starfield. Either way, PC players get to experience the game nearly a month early!

On the other hand, though, PS5 players will get to play the game roughly a week later than expected. While not a major delay, it is a bit unfortunate that console players will have to wait longer for the game. At least PlayStation players aren’t in the same boat as Xbox players, who are currently stuck without even a release window to look forward to.

Can I Preload Baldur’s Gate 3?

Unfortunately, Baldur’s Gate 3 is unable to be preloaded ahead of the release. The game is a heavy hitter, too, coming in at over 120 GB. It seems like that even Early Access players will require a near complete reinstall, too, so be ready to be waiting for quite some time on release day. If you live in a rural area, have fun playing the game on the 5th!

That’s all you need to know about Baldur’s Gate 3 release time & preload! The moved-up BG3 release date is great news for players. The preload, not so much. If you’re looking for something to do in the meantime, consider downloading Exoprimal on Game Pass and checking out our guide to the best suits!