Baldur's Gate 3 is receiving a photo mode
Baldur's Gate 3 is an exquisitely crafted game, so breathtakingly captivating that many encounter challenges progressing to the third act, although I ...
Baldur's Gate 3 is an exquisitely crafted game, so breathtakingly captivating that many encounter challenges progressing to the third act, although I shall refrain from delving into that matter. It also presents a plethora of companions, whose visages are truly delightful to behold. Judging by our online activity, it appears that many among us have already adorned our collections with an abundance of screenshots showcasing their alluring countenances. Fortunately, this endeavor is about to become considerably more effortless.
On Twitter, Michael Douse, the CEO of Larian Publishing, confirms that they are actively developing a photo mode. Similar to photo modes in other games, this feature will allow us to explore a more creative approach to capturing moments and, hopefully, obtain higher-quality images of the Sword Coast and its inhabitants. Particularly, we shall be candid about our eagerness to capture images of the denizens residing within our encampment.
In response to a fan, Douse reveals that the photo mode is "on the list" of features to be added to Baldur's Gate 3. We currently lack specific details regarding the appearance of the mode or when it will be implemented, but at the very least, we are assured that it is in development and on its way.
This will not only be fantastic for capturing landscapes or conducting photoshoots with our favorite companions, but also for getting a good look at the player character. From personal experience, I can attest that it is not particularly easy to have the character's face on the screen without engaging in conversation. And even when resorting to that, one must contend with the various facial expressions the character displays while awaiting the selection of a dialogue option. This can lead to rather silly snapshots that do little justice in appreciating the time we spent perfecting their features in the character creator.
With this thought in mind, it will be practical to be able to pause the action in the photo mode. However, as seen in other games, there could also be various poses available for those we wish to capture, along with the ability to set a facial expression. The RPG Starfield, slated for release in 2023, already features such a mode, which has proven to be popular. Therefore, it would likely be well received by the Baldur's Gate 3 community as well. Although I can imagine it might prolong many playthroughs even further than they already are. Honestly, just envision the temptation of pausing for a photoshoot every time you stumble upon a beautiful location in favorable lighting. With this notion in mind, perhaps Larian should consider waiting until more of us have completed the game.
It wouldn't be too surprising if that were the case, as Larian is currently juggling multiple tasks. Not only are there performance issues in the late game that need to be addressed, but also the porting to the Xbox Series X/S. The release of this port is slated for later this year, so the developers are likely working diligently to finalize it first.