Date: December 15, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Baldur’s Gate 3 isn’t coming to Xbox Game Pass, with Larian’s boss saying, “We made a big game, so I think there’s a fair price to be paid for that.”
Baldur’s Gate 3 is unlikely to join Xbox Game Pass, as Larian CEO Swen Vincke dismisses the possibility of the game being included in a subscription service. According to Vincke, this decision was made prior to the game’s launch, and he maintains that stance even now that the game is available on Xbox.
Vincke attributes this decision to the cost associated with the game, emphasizing that Larian does not see the value in releasing Baldur’s Gate 3 on a subscription service. The CEO argues that unlike some other titles, Baldur’s Gate 3 lacks microtransactions, and therefore, the current one-time purchase price remains justified.
Speaking to IGN, Vincke states, “We made a substantial game, so I believe there’s a fair price for that, and I think that’s acceptable. We don’t impose any additional microtransactions, so you get what you pay for.”
He further justifies the $60 price tag by highlighting the game’s substantial length, asserting, “Upfront, it’s a substantial game. So I think it should be able to exist as it is. This is what enables us to continue creating other games.”
This stance appears to definitively rule out the possibility of Baldur’s Gate 3 joining Game Pass, at least as long as alternative revenue streams are not available for the game. While there may be a chance for reconsideration in the future, Larian currently aims to capitalize on the attention garnered by its CRPG. Changing the studio’s position at this point would likely require a significant financial commitment from Microsoft.
Interestingly, leaked documents before the game’s launch revealed that Microsoft was willing to pay $3 million to have Baldur’s Gate 3 on Game Pass—an amount considered relatively modest. For comparison, the same documents indicated that Microsoft was prepared to pay $300 million for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and $250 million for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League. It’s notable to reflect on a time when Baldur’s Gate 3 was perceived as significantly less valuable compared to these other games.
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