Baldur’s Gate 3 is now available for Mac

by | Oct 9, 2020 | Role-Playing

Baldur’s Gate 3 was one of the most highly anticipated RPGs of 2020.

After all, Larian did such an excellent job with Divinity: Original Sin 2, we all couldn’t wait to see what they could do with one of the most mythic franchises in gaming. And as expected, Baldur’s Gate 3 has been received with excellent reviews since it’s released on Early Access earlier this week.

What was surprising, though, was the confirmation that Baldur’s Gate 3 was also released for Mac!

Baldur’s Gate 3 for Mac was released on October 6, 2020, on Early Access, on the same day as its Windows release.

Baldur’s Gate 3 on Mac: What to expect

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, Baldur’s Gate 3 is a player-driven RPG based on Dungeon & Dragon’s 5th edition. The game features a rich character creation system where players can create an avatar based on many different D&D races, select their cantrips, skills & abilities, and enter a world where their actions truly define the story.

If you’re a new player that didn’t experience Baldur’s Gate 1 or 2, you don’t need to worry. Baldur’s Gate 3 is a new story, and a new adventure, with new characters. If you’ve played previous entries, you’ll certainly see connections and connect dots, but these won’t be required to truly enjoy the game’s story.

Story aside, Baldur’s Gate 3 is powered by the new Divinity 4.0 engine. In other words, it looks amazing.

If you have more questions revolving around the game’s development and Early Access stage, this FAQ is a great place to start.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Mac system requirements

These are the game’s official system requirements:

Minimum settings:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: macOS 10.15.6
  • Processor: 2.6 GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon460 or Intel(R) Iris(™) Plus Graphics
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • For example: MacBook Pro 15 inch 2016 or newer, MacBook Pro 13 inch 2018 or newer

Note: Minimum means you’ll be able to play but you’ll have to make quality concessions. If your framerate is low, go to video options and try a lower graphics preset.

Baldur's Gate 3 Mac release

Recommended settings:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: macOS 10.15.7
  • Processor: 2.3GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • For example: MacBook Pro 15 inch 2019 and up, MacBook Pro 16 inch, iMac from 2017

Another example of the gaming potential of macOS

Baldur’s Gate 3 is a native macOS application that requires Metal 2.3 features. And for the record, this is a native build that purely uses Metal 2.3 and not MoltenVK.

Last but not least, Baldur’s Gate 3 supports eGPUs support.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Mac download

The game’s Early Access is currently available on Steam now for $59.99.

For the record, I have already received reports that the game is running great on supported Macs. But having said that, this is an Early Access game, which means that it’s still in active development and will probably face more bugs and issues than a fully released game. You have been warned! If you fancy Baldur’s Gate 1 or 2, know those games are available everywhere these days, including iOS and Android!

Are you planning on picking this up? Perhaps you’re already playing it? If you are, let us know in the comments section how the Mac version runs!

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1 Comment
  1. Bob

    Already playing. So far so good. No major issues yet. A word of warning, expect more of a darker Divinity: Original Sin 2 experience with D&D rules rather than something like Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2. If you’ve got the horsepower, the graphics are amazing. First time I’m seriously considering a larger gaming monitor and I’m plying on a 27″ Retina iMac at 2160×1440.

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