Baldur’s Gate 3 Gets a Release Date and J.K. Simmons

Posted on 24 Feb 2023 by
L Coulsen

The game reaches full release on August 31st, with the man himself as one of the chief antagonists. A necromancer by the name of General Ketheric Thorm. You can see him in action in the above video. Also, as seems to be the norm these days, pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition will give access to the game three days early. Weird that’s becoming so common, right now, and I’m not really sure how I feel about it. But it is a thing.

Official Press Release

Baldur’s Gate 3 Releases On PS5 & PC on August 31, 2023
New gameplay trailer gives players first glimpse at General Ketheric Thorm played by J.K. Simmons, alongside split screen co-op and controller support
DUBLIN, February 23, 2023 – At today’s State of Play Event held by Sony, Larian Studios announced via a new gameplay trailer that Baldur’s Gate 3 will ship on PS5, PC and Mac on August 31, 2023.

Larian’s latest Baldur’s Gate 3 trailer gave players their first glimpse at one of the next-gen RPG’s as-yet-unseen antagonists, General Ketheric Thorm, a seemingly invincible necromancer leading an army of the dead towards the eponymous city of Baldur’s Gate – and voiced by none other than renowned character actor J.K. Simmons.

Here’s a peek inside the recording booth with J.K. Simmons as Ketheric Thorm!
“Ketheric is a man with complex ambitions and motivations, so in searching for his voice, we knew we needed to work with a renowned character actor who could deliver the kind of nuanced performance we were looking for – so we decided to cast J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spider-Man). While we expected it, we were still amazed at how much his performance helped deepen the character. We’ll introduce you to two more antagonists over the coming months – keep an eye out,” explained Larian creative director Swen Vincke in a post on the PlayStation Blog.

The latest Baldur’s Gate 3 trailer also includes several gameplay-related reveals:

Split-screen Co-op: Play with up to two players on one PS5 using split-screen co-op, or play online with up to four players!
Controller Support: Baldur’s Gate 3 has only supported mouse-and-keyboard gameplay during Early Access on Steam, but the new trailer provides a first look at what to expect from full controller support at launch.

Finally, the PlayStation blog post went into detail about Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition and the Collector’s Edition offerings, both available to pre-order for PS5 via the PlayStation Store.

All Early Access players on PC (including anyone who purchases the game between now and release) have been automatically upgraded to the Deluxe Edition.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition
This fully digital Deluxe Edition of Baldur’s Gate 3 contains:

Playable Bard Song Pack featuring songs from Divinity: Original Sin 2
Exclusive in-game dice skin
An Adventurer’s Pouch containing supplies to help you get your journey started
Digital downloads of the Baldur’s Gate 3 Original Soundtrack, artbook and character sheets
72-hours early access to Act I of Baldur’s Gate 3 beginning August 28, 2023 [PS5]
As well as this pack of items inspired by Bafta award-winning Divinity: Original Sin II:

Mask of the Shapeshifter: Allows you to change race and appearance on the fly, inspired by Fane
Cape of the Red Prince: Cloak inspired by the Red Prince
Lute of the Merryweather Bard: Playable instrument inspired by Lohse
Needle of the Outlaw Rogue: Dagger inspired by Sebille
Bicorne of the Sea Beast: Headgear inspired by Beast
Paintings from Rivellon: Discover a new collection of paintings across the Forgotten Realms

Baldur’s Gate 3 Collector’s Edition
Each Collector’s Edition contains:

A digital copy of Baldur’s Gate 3 Deluxe Edition
Custom sticker sheet
25cm Mind Flayer vs. Drow battle diorama
160-page hardcover art book
Cloth map of Faerûn
Set of D&D-inspired origin character sheets
Metal tadpole keyring
Magic: The Gathering booster pack
Custom-engraved metal d20, plus an in-game version!
Certificate of authenticity

By pre-ordering the Collector’s Edition, players will also receive the contents of the Deluxe Edition, which for PlayStation 5 players also includes 72-hours early access to Act I of Baldur’s Gate 3 at launch. All pre-orders will ship in time for launch.

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