LARIAN STUDIOS

The Art Department Berlin 2024

Larian Studios is a Belgian video game developer and publisher focussed on creating role-playing experiences. They are best known for developing the Divinity series and Baldur’s Gate 3.

The latter dominated The Game Awards 2023, winning six awards including GOTY, best RPG and best multi-player. So very excited to learn more about this incredible game during their time in Berlin!

The studio was founded in 1996 by Swen Vincke. As a lead designer in the company, he contributed to all of Larian’s early game projects, including the award-winning role-playing game Divine Divinity (released in 2002) and its sequel Beyond Divinity (2004).

More Divinity sequels followed. Among them, Divinity: Original Sin, a turn-based role-playing game set between Dragon Commander and Divine Divinity, partially funded through Kickstarter. Upon its release, it became the fastest-selling game in Larian’s history.

Their most recent project Baldur’s Gate 3, is a role-playing video game for Microsoft Windows, macOS, and PlayStation 5. It is the third main game in the Baldur’s Gate series, itself based on the Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing system. It released in early access format on PC and Mac through Steam and GOG on 6 October 2020, with a full release on 3 August 2023 to universal acclaim.

We’re very excited to dive into the process of this game‘s creation during The Art Department Berlin 2024!

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