Larian Studios has brought a new update to Baldur’s Gate 3 Wednesday, allowing players of the early access role-playing game to try out a new class: the Paladin. During a “Panel from Hell” livestream On Wednesday, Larian also confirmed additional star power for the game, with Critical Role DM and veteran voice actor Matthew Mercer joining the cast.
Mercer, whom video game fans will recognize for his prominent roles in Surveillance, League of Legends, Fortnite, Death Strandingand (of course) the Critical Role real game series, will star Minsc in Baldur’s Gate 3. (Voicer Jim Cummings portrayed Minsc in previous Baldur’s Gate games.)
Larian and Mercer announced the actor’s involvement — along with a teaser from his Minsc — in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
We have received many questions about who we have chosen to play the critical role of Minsc…
…and we took that at face value.
Please welcome VO and DM extraordinary @matthewmercer as the voice of Minsc in Baldur’s Gate 3! pic.twitter.com/nkwMfXUUCD
— Larian Studios makes soft music (@larianstudios) December 14, 2022
Elsewhere in Baldur’s Gate 3 News, Patch 9 for the game brings the aforementioned Paladin class, the Holy Warrior archetype that includes two subclasses (Oath of Devotion and Oath of the Elders) and an off-menu “hidden subclass” called Oathbreaker.
“Paladins who stray from their sacred oaths become oath breakers, which comes with its own advantages and disadvantages,” Larian said in a press release. “Embrace your newfound powers for better or for worse, or set out on the path to redemption.”
Paladin Oathbreaker’s artwork claims that the Hidden Underclass haven’t been to Sunday Mass lately.
Patch 9 also allows players to reach Level 5, a significant power boost for all classes that unlocks new spellcasting abilities including Fireball, Counterspell, and Animate Dead. The update also brings an overhauled reactions system for combat encounters and the ability to fly. By using the flight spell, of course.
Baldur’s Gate 3 is aiming for an August 2023 release on Windows PC. The role-playing game has been available in early access since October 2020.