The official release of Baldur’s Gate 3 on PC is just days away and the community is starting to grow restless. One of the more popular questions from the player base in the lead-up to the launch is whether or not the early access saves will transfer to the full release of Baldur’s Gate 3.
Baldur’s Gate 3 has been in early access for nearly three years, and in that time, thousands of players accumulated hours and hours of gameplay across various save files. While this allowed those players to get fully acquainted with the game, it’s natural for them to wonder if those saves will become obsolete in a few days’ time.
Below, you can see if your early access saves will be carrying over to the full release of Baldur’s Gate 3 or if you will have to start over.
Early access saves in Baldur’s Gate 3 — Do they transfer?
Unfortunately for anyone who was hoping to hang on to their characters and progress, the slates will be wiped clean when Baldur’s Gate 3 launches on Aug. 3. Developer Larian Studios has confirmed that early access saves will not be carrying over to the full game.
📢 PSA: Saves from Early Access will not be compatible with the game on release day. So much has changed, it's worth it to start fresh!
— Baldur's Gate 3 (@baldursgate3) July 27, 2023
The developers stated on Twitter that “so much has changed, it’s worth it to start fresh.” This might be disappointing to some fans who sunk hours into the early access version, but Larian has changed a plethora of features and mechanics for the full release. There are new questlines for certain characters, improved graphics, and all of the fresh content that was not available during early access.
My advice to players who were relying on their early access save to get a headstart in Baldur’s Gate 3 is to pick a character that you have never played before and go from there. You can experience an entirely new side of the game with that character, which might make the full release of the game feel brand new, even though you’ve put dozens of hours into it.
Baldur’s Gate 3 releases on Aug. 3 at 11 am EST for PC players.