It's been a busy first week for Larian Studios and the many, many players who dove into Baldur's Gate 3 in early access. The team has quantified exactly how busy in this new stats roundup.
Sifting through a mountain of anonymous player data, Larian has discovered several interesting factoids. Some of them, like the game's purchase point crashing on day one, were obvious to all, but others we'd never know if Larian didn't share the information. For example, when players encounter Gale, very often they decide to enter into combat with him, even though you need not do so. In turn, Gale has died 333,757 times so far, all of them driven by player choice. Then again, Gale also has a party-member kill-rate four times higher than any other NPC in the game, the studio revealed, so he's holding his own when pushed to the brink,
Of the many companion characters available in the game's first act, only one - Shadowheart - has died more than the player avatar. Speaking of a high kill/death ratio, the Owlbear Cub is up to 5,717 kills and counting. An even 4,000 people died as a result of interrupting the intimate moments of Ogres and Bug Bears. Awkward. Nearly the same amount, 3,753 players, died at the first encounter with the fallen Mind Flayer.
Alongside all of this, Larian Studios is celebrating the game's first patch. It's been rocky so far, though reception is through the roof, likely because people know what they're getting into with early access and they are so excited to have the series back in their PCs and in their hearts - even in their phones and TVs too thanks to Google Stadia, who nabbed the only other platform availability for the early access launch alongside PC players on Steam and GOG. You can find the complete patch notes as well as more fun statistical anecdotes at the game's Steam page.
We likely won't have reviews to share on Baldur's Gate 3 for a while, as we're hardly out of the woods with just the early access edition of the surely massive game that will one day sit behind so many desktop shortcuts.