“We’re trying things. We’re experimenting”: Larian Studios May Not Be Making a Baldur’s Gate 3 Sequel, But Swen Vincke is Adamant About Trying a ‘Whole Bunch of Things’ to Find Their Next Project

Larian experimenting sounds like a recipe for success, if anything.

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  • Larian's next project, code-named Excalibur, is in the experimental phase with no concrete direction yet.
  • The studio is moving away from the Baldur's Gate series and potentially focusing on an original IP.
  • CEO Swen Vincke says Larian is committed to maintaining independence and creative freedom.
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Ever since Baldur’s Gate 3 was declared to have ‘ended’ its run (i.e., no more content updates or expansions), many new and old fans of Larian have been wondering the same thing: What’s the next big project in store?

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A new Divinity: Original Sin? Or perhaps a completely new IP? While the developers remain tight-lipped on specifics, they did drop some pretty significant hints on what fans can expect in their next project.

Larian Talks About What’s After Baldur’s Gate 3

After Baldur's Gate 3, the team at Larian have a lot to think about.
After Baldur’s Gate 3, the team at Larian has a lot to think about.

Baldur’s Gate 3 is one of the biggest and most ambitious projects that Larian has taken on since its formation. CEO Swen Vincke and his team had a lot to learn throughout the project, and all of the blood, sweat, and tears they poured into the game certainly paid off.

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The game crossed 10 million in sales, and with Vincke confirming no DLC or sequel is happening, many were left wondering what the studio’s next step is. When asked about it in an interview with Game Pressure, Vincke had this to say:

We’ve been going through a roller coaster of emotions and decisions. I don’t think you can ever predict what’s going to happen. Our ambition certainly is to do better.

Vincke loves turn-based strategy, but can’t shy away from a good action game. Seeing as how Larian has been experimenting with combat between releases, the next project could take a completely different turn.

The title of the next project is revealed to be code name Excalibur, and Vincke says nobody knows much beyond that:

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If anybody from Larian at this point tells you this is what the game is going to be, they’re lying. They don’t know because we’re trying a whole bunch of things. We have ideas, but we’re an iterative company. So we iterate. We’re trying things. We’re experimenting.

Straight from Vincke’s mouth. There are a lot of concepts and ideas floating around, but it looks like they’re at the stage of trying to lay down something concrete.

The Next Game Could be an Original IP

Larian is leaving DND behind, moving toward greener pastures.
Larian is leaving DND behind, moving toward greener pastures.

We have a long wait before the next release, but if Baldur’s Gate 3 is anything to go by, it’s well worth it. Larian is confirmed to be moving away from the Baldur’s Gate series, but what some might not know is that the studio was working on a sequel and a DLC, originally.

The plans were canned, and while the reasons were left vague, people suspect it’s due to friction with Wizards of the Coast (DND owners). In the interview, Vincke stresses about maintaining independence and how Baldur’s Gate was never ‘Larian’s IP’:

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…it was always important for us to be able to do our own thing, to maintain the Larian’s independence.

With that in mind, many people hope the studio will return to the Divinity series, or start another IP. What are your hopes for Larian’s next project? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Vibha Hegde

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Vibha is an avid gamer that has been in the content writing space for over three years. With a Bachelors in Computer Applications, Vibha chooses to explore their passion for pop culture and gaming. When not hunkered over a controller trying to beat the Demon of Hatred in Sekiro, you can find Vibha relaxing to jazz during a digital painting session.