Larian Studios announced at The Game Awards tonight that Baldur’s Gate 3 (opens in new tab) is now targeted for full release in August 2023. The new trailer that dropped at the big show also revealed a couple of major surprises: The return of Minsc and Jaheira.
Minsc is quite possibly the best-known companion from the original Baldur’s Gate games: A slightly deranged human ranger from the realm of Rashemen, known for his love of justice, violence, and his miniature giant space hamster Boo. Given his popularity, it’s not entirely surprising that he’s been brought back into action for the new adventure.
Jaheira is a somewhat more interesting choice. A half-elf fighter-druid, she was the wife of Khalid and one of the first companions that players meet in the original Baldur’s Gate. She was strong-willed and very outspoken, deeply committed to neutrality in all things, and not afraid to beef with those she disliked (or just didn’t care about). Her stats as a multi-class character aren’t great at the start of the adventure, but if she’s kept around (and doesn’t die), her power blossoms as Baldur’s Gate 2 unfolds.