Baldur's Gate 3 is Larian's take on Dungeons & Dragons. It's the first Baldur's Gate game in more than 15 years, and both PC RPGs and tabletop ones have changed a lot since Baldur's Gate 2. Larian is using the 5th Edition of D&D, first released in 2014, but you should expect plenty of liberties in the adaptation from pen-and-paper to digital. Some things aren't changing, though there are real dice rolls, and the character classes are straight out of D&D's rules.
Baldur's Gate 3 classes
Larian's previews of Baldur's Gate 3 have shown that its initial class selection hews closely to those found in the tabletop game, but each class will also have at least two subclasses to choose from.
Here are the classes Larian has shown so far with their descriptions.
Cleric - Clerics act as representatives of the gods they worship, wielding potent divine magic for good or ill.
Fighter - Fighters have mastered the art of combat, wearing armor like a second skin and wielding weapons with unmatched skill.
Ranger - Rangers are unparalleled scouts and trackers, honing a deep connection to nature in order to hunt their favoured prey.
Rogue - Stealthy, skilled, and death-defying, a rogue's versatility lets them get the upper hand in almost any situation.
Warlock - Bound by their pact to an all-powerful patron, warlocks trade loyalty for supernatural abilities and unique magic.
Wizard - Wizards master the arcane by specializing in individual schools of magic, honing ancient spells to modern heights.
More classes are expected to come during Early Access, but these are the ones that will be playable at the start. "All classes from 5e Player's Handbook will be included at launch," Larian said in an AMA.
Baldur's Gate 3 subclasses
Okay, so those are the base classes. But what about subclasses? In Divinity: Original Sin 2, Larian heavily encouraged multiclassing, combining skills from various classes to make a highly specialized character. Here, in Early Access, you'll be able to dive deep into classic-specific specialization with some of D&D 5e's unique subclasses:
Cleric – Life Domain, Light Domain, Trickery Domain
Fighter – Battle Master, Eldritch Knight
Ranger – Hunter, Beast Master
Rogue – Arcane Trickster, Thief
Warlock – The Fiend, The Great One
Wizard – School of Evocation, School of Abjuration
In the same AMA linked above, Larian implied all of the 5e subclasses and paths for each class will also be available in the final game. The ones above are the ones we've seen so far. For more great articles on gaming and releases visit us here.