Many of you have been playing Baldur’s Gate 3 since the start of Early Access, all the way back in 2020. You may have accumulated a backlog of old save games, or even a few mods along the way. Even if you’re a first-time player, there’s information here that will be useful to you.
To make sure you’re prepared for the journey ahead, we strongly recommend you take the following steps before venturing forth.
1. Delete your in-game Early Access Saves
We’ve taken measures to ensure a smooth transition into the launch version of BG3, but we still recommend deleting your in-game Early Access save files if you still have access to an Early Access version of the game.
Your Early Access saves and player profiles aren’t compatible with the release version of Baldur’s Gate 3, and leaving them in your save folders may in some fringe cases cause issues. Note: simply deleting the game’s save folder may create conflicts when Cloud re-downloads the save files.
- Open Baldur’s Gate 3.
- On the main menu, click
- Click through old campaigns and select
This method will ensure your saves are deleted from your computer as well as from the cloud.
We know it can be hard to say goodbye: if you want to back up your saves before removing them from the cloud, you can move them from
to another location for safekeeping, before removing them.
(You can access this location by using the combination of the WIN key+R and typing:
%LOCALAPPDATA%\Larian Studios )
Saves directory for macOS:
2. Uninstall the Early Access version
Having the Early Access version of Baldur’s Gate 3 installed will not speed up your download of the full game, and could affect your installation of the full game. Due to the game being in Early Access, we’re unable to offer pre-loads, as this would break existing Early Access saves. To uninstall:
- In the GOG GALAXY, open your Library (Games > Installed)
- Right click
Baldur’s Gate 3.
- From the menu that appears, select
Manage Installation -> Uninstall.
3. Delete your Mods
Existing mods will not be compatible with the release version of Baldur’s Gate 3, and will cause issues or break the game in unpredictable ways.
After uninstalling the game, check your Baldur’s Gate 3 installation folder and your AppData folder for Baldur’s Gate 3 to ensure there are no remaining folders for mods.
If you use a mod installer like the Vortex Mod Manager from Nexus, make sure you also uninstall the mods in the mod manager to ensure they aren’t automatically re-downloaded.
For mod-related troubleshooting, check out Baldur’s Gate 3 Mod Information support page.
4. Install BG3 on an SSD
A solid-state drive (SSD) is highly recommended to play Baldur’s Gate 3, and we recommend you install the game on yours. It’s good practice to make sure you have more space on the drive than is needed.
5. Update your graphics card drivers
Updating to the latest graphics card drivers will help with compatibility and performance of the game.
Outside of the above, our Support Team will be happy to assist you with any problems, but we sincerely hope you have fun with the final version of Baldur’s Gate 3!