Is Baldur’s Gate 3 a multiplayer game? How to play with friends

Rishov Mukherjee
A screenshot of Baldur's Gate 3 from Steam

Baldur’s Gate 3 has rapidly gained popularity, prompting many players to inquire about its multiplayer capabilities for teaming up with friends. This guide comprehensively explores all aspects of the co-op features in Larian Studios’ RPG.

Since its release, Baldur’s Gate 3 has provided a rich gaming experience, including character customization, forming bonds with companions, exploring romantic storylines, and engaging in monster battles.

As an RPG with such a big scope, players may be wondering whether or not they can join their friends and playthrough the game together, especially as the game is based on Dungeons & Dragons which is famous for being a collaborative experience.

So, here’s everything you need to know about multiplayer in Baldur’s Gate 3.

A screenshot of Baldur's Gate 3 from Steam
Baldur’s Gate 3 offers co-op multiplayer

Does Baldur’s Gate 3 offer multiplayer?

Yes, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers multiplayer. This is in the form of a co-op option where you can have 2-4 people in your party. If you have 4 members, then each of the players will be able to control one character each, thereby making it a complete experience.

How to play with friends in Baldur’s Gate 3?

Playing with friends in Baldur’s Gate 3 is quite easy. You need to follow the steps provided below to make it possible:

  1. Select Multiplayer from the main menu.
  2. Click on Create to open a Multiplayer lobby.
  3. Change the “Who can join your lobby” to Friends only.
  4. Invite Friends.

Once the entire process is complete and you click Launch, you and your friends will be able to create characters (or select an Origin character) and jump into the game.

However, there is a catch to this entire system. The journey that you and your friends experience will only be saved on the host’s computer. This means in order to continue the same progress, the host needs to remain the same.

The game also offers cross-platform play between PC and Mac on both GoG and Steam. Therefore, you can invite friends across both platforms. Cross-play is not currently available on PlayStation 5, though Larian has said in the past there are plans to bring players on all systems – including Xbox – together sometime in the future.

You can also look into some of our other Baldur’s Gate 3 guides at Dexerto.

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