Larian's founder Swen Vincke has revealed that any potential Baldur's Gate 3 expansion would be "very hard", but hasn't ruled out the possibility entirely.
In a recent interview, Vincke made it clear that "we haven't even started on an expansion" for Baldur's Gate 3 (via PCGamer). While he didn't outright deny the possibility of an expansion down the line, he did make it clear that the powers afforded to D&D characters at higher levels would make a potential expansion challenging to craft.
"[Level 12-20] adventures require a different way of doing things, in terms of antagonists you're going to have to deal with, which require a lot of development to do them properly," said Vincke. As a result, any potential expansion would be "much more than an expansion in terms of development effort. A lot of D&D adventures are sub-level 12 for precisely that reason. So it sounds like neat, easy expansion material until you start thinking about it and it's not as easy as one would imagine."
As a veteran Dungeon Master myself, I can confirm there's truth to Vincke's words. As characters approach level 20, they swiftly become less like mortal adventurers and more like demi-gods, with the power to instantly slay enemies, warp between dimensions and even alter the fabric of existence itself.
With this in mind, Vincke's assessment that a potential expansion would take a "long time" to make seems like an understatement if anything.
That said, Vincke and his studio do have plans for the future. "I know what we want to make, and the team also knows where we're heading," he said. "We'll see where that lands. I've learned in the past you need to be careful announcing things before they're ready because sometimes you have to cancel them because they don't work out. We could work on an expansion and it could be boring, and we should stop working on it."
As you can see, Vincke is keeping his cards very close to his chest at this stage. Still, given the monumental success of Baldur's Gate 3, it seems likely that Larian's next project will be a wild ride, whatever it turns out to be.
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