Baldur’s Gate 3: Timeline Explained

Baldur's Gate 3: Timeline Explained

Baldur’s Gate 3: Bringing the Epic RPG Series Back to Life

Calling all RPG lovers! The wait is finally over as the legendary Baldur’s Gate series makes a triumphant return with Baldur’s Gate 3. Prepare to embark on a thrilling adventure as players must save the Sword Coast from the clutches of the mind-flaying Mind Flayers. Get ready for some epic battles, hilarious dialogue, and unforgettable moments!

It’s been quite a while since we last visited the iconic city-state of Baldur’s Gate. In fact, Baldur’s Gate 3 takes place more than a century after the events of Baldur’s Gate 2: Shadows of Amn, and shortly after the Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus tabletop modules from Dungeons and Dragons 5e. This creates an interesting timeline not only for the games themselves but also for D&D’s expansive Forgotten Realms universe.

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The Epic Timeline of Baldur’s Gate

Understanding the Baldur’s Gate timeline can be a bit of a challenge. With countless games and tabletop modules set in the vast Forgotten Realms setting, it’s tempting to include them all. However, for the sake of clarity, let’s focus on the Descent into Avernus adventure and the “family” of Baldur’s Gate games. This includes classics like Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, and Neverwinter Nights, but not the Neverwinter MMO, which exists in a separate continuity.

In-Game Year



Icewind Dale


Icewind Dale 2


Planescape: Torment


Baldur’s Gate


Baldur’s Gate 2


Neverwinter Nights


Neverwinter Nights 2 and Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance


Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance 2


Blood in Baldur’s Gate


Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus and Baldur’s Gate 3

Studying the timeline reveals some fascinating insights. The most notable revelation is the whopping 142-year gap between Baldur’s Gate 2 and Baldur’s Gate 3. Even when considering the Dark Alliance spin-offs, that’s still a mind-boggling 116 years between games. In comparison, the entire stretch from Icewind Dale to Dark Alliance 2 only covers 95 years. Meanwhile, Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate 2, and the Neverwinter Nights and Dark Alliance games all occur within the same 8-year period.

Given the vast time span between games, the influence of the earlier titles on Baldur’s Gate 3 is limited. However, fear not! Developer Larian Studios has made it clear that players do not need to be familiar with the previous entries to enjoy Baldur’s Gate 3. While there are connections to the previous games, Larian’s latest installment is carving its own path. One could even say that Baldur’s Gate 3 is a fresh start, especially considering the transition from real-time combat to turn-based combat.

But fear not! What truly matters in Baldur’s Gate 3 is not so much Baldur’s Gate 2 or Dark Alliance 2, but the Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus campaign for D&D 5e. Baldur’s Gate 3 takes place a few months after this gripping tabletop adventure, which dedicates about 50 pages to describing the bustling city in the year 1492.

In Descent into Avernus, players must confront the sinking city of Elturel, which descends into the fiery depths of Avernus, the first of the Nine Hells. As if that’s not troubling enough, Baldur’s Gate itself is slowly succumbing to corruption and the schemes of wicked gods. To make matters worse, the city’s ruler, Ulder Ravengard, has gone missing. The adventure sees players on a quest to save both cities and restore the Grand Duke to his rightful place. It’s safe to assume that Baldur’s Gate: Descent into Avernus will have a major impact on the events of Baldur’s Gate 3.

Unfortunately, Larian has remained tight-lipped about the specific influence of Descent into Avernus on the upcoming game. As of now, players have only had a taste of the first act in the early access version of Baldur’s Gate 3, so there is still much to uncover. However, Larian did give us a tantalizing glimpse of the city in a recent video. While most of what awaits us is still shrouded in mystery, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Grand Duke’s return and the events of Descent into Avernus play a captivating role, even if it’s as background lore.

So mark your calendars! Baldur’s Gate 3 launches on August 3 for PC, and on September 6 for PS5. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure!

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