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Baldur's Gate 3 rolled a 20.

Baldur’s Gate 3, the latest entry into the Dungeons and Dragons universe, has raked in over $220 million, captivating over 800K concurrent players at its peak – all while redefining the significance of identity creation in games.

In a year saturated with iconic RPGs from the likes of Zelda, Diablo, and Harry Potter, how does Baldur’s Gate 3 carve its own epic saga? And after nearly three years in early access, how does it breathe fresh life into the 50-year-old Dungeons & Dragons legacy? Let's delve into the game's magic and unpack its recipe for rejuvenating such a storied IP.

This new paradigm – where identity and choice take center stage – provide insights for the social gaming industry. We’re witnessing a demand for broader customization. In Baldur’s Gate 3, players overwhelmingly opt for custom characters (93% to be exact) over defaults, and many spend over an hour just on the character creation screen.

Some are calling this the closest thing we’ve had to a game that truly allows players to be anything they want. With the more than 17,000 potential endings, each including voice acted dialogues which are tailored to these variations for every race, gender, and class, it’s hard to disagree.

The game’s moral decisions stand out too. Gone are the binary "right" and "wrong" paths typical in many RPGs. Baldur’s Gate 3 immerses players in choices laden with ambiguity, mirroring real-world complexities.

It's evident that as players demand more self-expression, studios see the value in catering to these desires. It's no surprise then that giants like Rockstar recently acquired, a team known for modding the publisher’s games, hinting at even deeper immersive experiences for titles like the highly anticipated GTA 6.

BG3’s success is indicative of a broader shift in how people use technology—in gaming and beyond. It represents a monumental stride in virtual self-expression, backed by both critical acclaim and stellar sales.

We’re tapping into similar forces with our latest product Everyworld – a new chat app where you can show all sides of yourself and find people who you really connect with. You can sign up for early access here.

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