Well, we didn't see this one coming! Larian Studios CEO Swen Vincke has announced today that Baldur's Gate 3 will still be releasing on Xbox in 2023, and the team is ditching local co-op support for the Xbox Series S version.
In a couple of tweets, Vincke explained that Larian came to this decision after meeting with Xbox boss Phil Spencer at Gamescom earlier in the week, although he stopped short of revealing any kind of specific release date:
"Super happy to confirm that after meeting [Phil Spencer] yesterday, we’ve found a solution that allows us to bring Baldur’s Gate 3 to Xbox players this year still, something we’ve been working towards for quite some time."
"All improvements will be there, with split-screen coop on Series X. Series S will not feature split-screen coop, but will also include cross-save progression between Steam and Xbox Series."
Over the past couple of months, it's been made public knowledge that the developer has been struggling to implement split-screen multiplayer in the Xbox Series S version of Baldur's Gate 3, and therefore it looked like the Xbox version was going to be delayed to 2024. Phil Spencer also discussed this in an interview at Gamescom yesterday.
Fortunately, this new solution means that we'll definitely be playing Baldur's Gate 3 on Xbox in 2023, and although the lack of split-screen is disappointing on Series S, it's just nice to know the game is coming this year at all!