Baldur's Gate 3 studio Larian vows to remain independent

Baldur's Gate 3 studio Larian vows to remain independent

The CEO of Baldur's Gate 3 maker Larian Studios, Swen Vincke, has said that he has no interest in selling the company.

Speaking to Bloomberg, the exec said he wasn't "done yet". This follows speculation online that Larian Studios was one of the developers that was being targeted for acquisition by Microsoft. Vincke said that such conjecture is "always flattering" but he wants the developer to be able to focus on creativity rather than profit-seeking.

“The strength of this company is that I’m very invested in the gameplay, and I also make the ultimate decisions,” he said.

“We can do things in service of the games we’re making.”

Baldur's Gate 3 was released at the end of last week and has already attracted a peak of almost one million concurrent players on Steam – 814,666 to be exact, according to SteamDB.

Vincke has also said that while the studio has enjoyed working in something the scale of Baldur's Gate 3, Larian will likely be creating a smaller experience for its next project. 

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