One week after the early access launch of Baldur’s Gate 3, Larian is releasing its first major patch–but more importantly, has shared some anecdotes on the choices players are making in the game. Notably, the studio has shared a player death heatmap to see where the most players have lost their lives.
Not only is the heatmap interesting for those who have explored the dangers of the expansive map themselves, it’s an important QA tool for Larian to check whether player deaths are occurring in unexpected areas, so they can continue to refine Baldur’s Gate 3 for its full release. Of course, like any good D&D game, it’s also led to some great stories.
Most of them, for whatever reason, involve Gale. It turns out that a lot of people don’t like Gale, with Larian noting that player deaths spiked around the location of his introduction. While the conversation with Gale isn’t really meant to turn into a combat encounter, it still can if you choose to fight instead of listening to what he has to say.