Baldur Gate 3 coming to Xbox this year after ditching split-screen mode

Microsoft has allowed Larian to remove the split-screen option from Baldur's Gate 3 on the Series S, paving the way to a 2023 release.

Earlier this week, it already seemed as if Xbox boss Phil Spencer was hinting at relaxing rules around the Xbox Series S – which currently dictate that all games have to have the same features on both it and the Xbox Series X. Now it's been confirmed, because Baldur's Gate 3 is finally on its way to Xbox.

The problem had been that developer Larian Studios couldn't get the split-screen working on the Xbox Series S, even after Microsoft tried to help, but according to Microsoft's rules they couldn't just leave it out, because it had to have the same features on both Xbox Series X and S.

This left the game in limbo, with potentially no release until 2024, but Spencer has met with Larian and agreed to let them skip the option on Xbox Series S – although there's still no release date just yet.

‘Super happy to confirm that after meeting [Phil Spencer] yesterday, we've found a solution that allows us to bring Baldur's Gate 3 to Xbox players this year still, something we've been working towards for quite some time,' wrote Larian's Swen Vincke on Twitter.

‘All improvements will be there, with split-screen coop on Series X. Series S will not feature split-screen coop but will also include cross-save progression between Steam and Xbox Series.'

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