Baldur’s Gate 3 is hours away and I’ve already written off my weekend as a complete loss. However should you too are about to spend the subsequent a number of hundred hours of your life in Faerûn, Larian says there are some issues it’s best to know earlier than stepping into, particularly should you’ve been taking part in the game’s early entry model to this point. 

In a information put up titled “Baldur’s Gate 3: Getting ready for Launch” on the game’s Steam web page, Larian’s put collectively a six-step to-do record for anybody about to assemble their social gathering and enterprise forth. The important thing takeaway is one thing they’ve spoken about earlier than: It is best to actually scrub your PC clear of any hint of the game’s EA model prior to installing and run the total game after it releases at 8 am ET / 11 am PT / 4 pm BST as we speak.

Level one on the record is to delete your saves from inside BG3 itself. Simply navigating to the folder and deleting it in File Explorer would possibly trigger the game’s cloud save system to have a meltdown, so as a substitute you are suggested to hit Load Game on the primary menu earlier than going by and deleting your outdated campaigns. As soon as that is executed, uninstall the game and delete any mods you’ve gotten nonetheless lingering in its former listing.

The distinctive state of affairs of BG3’s launch has actually highlighted a few of the inefficiencies in the best way Steam is ready as much as deal with pre-loads and early entry video games. I suppose the character of its launch is pretty distinctive—its EA model functioned extra as a demo or prototype than as an unfinished mannequin of the ultimate game—nevertheless it actually seems like a platform as huge as Steam ought to be capable to deal with a preload for BG3 with out its servers buzzing and sparking. Perhaps Valve will resolve that one out in time for Baldur’s Gate 4.

Other than scouring your PC clear of BG3’s EA model, the opposite steps on Larian’s record are extra like pointers or robust suggestions. Firstly, the studio says an SSD remains to be “extremely beneficial” for gamers searching for someplace to place the game’s 122GB bulk (an SSD is likewise listed as “required” within the game’s required sepcs), though it does not say simply what you are letting your self in for should you attempt to put it on a conventional laborious drive. Load instances lengthy sufficient to inflate what is going to assuredly be its already prolonged HowLongToBeat instances, I guess.

In any other case, it is the form of factor savvy PC players like your good self can already suss out: Maintain your GPU drivers up to date and check with the game’s FAQ—which you can discover within the game’s launcher at launch—should you run into additional issues. Good luck everybody, might all of us handle to beat this factor earlier than Starfield hits in, my god, 34 days.