Baldur’s Gate 3 update fixes launch bugs and changes cinematics

Larian Studios has just released the first notable post-launch update for Baldur's Gate 3, along with the hotfix patch notes detailing what changes were made.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 has already taken the gaming community by storm, even though the RPG game has been out for just a day. Following Larian Studios’ ground-breaking release of Baldur’s Gate 3, fans of Dungeons & Dragons from all around the globe began their adventures, fighting through mind flayers, goblins, and hyenas alike. Despite its very recent launch, the developers have been on top of player reports and have just dropped the first Baldur’s Gate 3 update which acts as a hotfix for many reported issues and improves upon in-game features.

The Baldur’s Gate 3 patch notes detail a variety of bug fixes and changes, many of which are namely to do with cinematic scenes. As the first hotfix update, it’s a pretty substantial one considering the fact that it tackles over 150 known bugs, crash causes, and other issues. Some of these adjustments pertain to audio glitches while others are more involved with the gameplay itself. Regardless of such bugs, though, the game has seen an incredible release.

When you take the Baldur’s Gate 3 launch success into consideration, it’s not surprising how on top of things Larian Studios is. If you’re wondering what features make the game so brilliant, you can check out our Baldur’s Gate 3 review for a more in-depth look at them. From a huge, lore-packed world to its quirky characters, the game checks each RPG box one could have. You can read the hotfix details below, and take solace in the fact that no Baldur’s Gate 3 class has been harmed by the update.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 patch notes – Hotfix update – Friday, August 4, 2023

Crashes and blockers

  • Fixed possibly getting stuck in a dialogue in the first confrontation with a major boss.
  • Fixed a rare issue where player character states would not update properly after dying.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur related to one of Astarion’s cinematic dialogues in the endgame.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when loading an old save game while at Last Light.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when using the brain reader in the Colony.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause you to get stuck in a loading screen when loading a save game after dying.
  • Fixed a blocker during Character Creation preventing you from progressing if you chose a Zariel tiefling as your Guardian.
  • Fixed a potential crash triggered by the light system.
  • Added an error message to prevent crashes being caused by mods when starting the game.
  • Disabled Larian Account cross-saves temporarily to solve an issue blocking loads and saves. Steam cross-saves are unaffected.
  • Fixed a startup crash with the Steam API.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when quick-loading a game while a container or corpse was open for looting.
  • Fixed a crash that could happen if an item unlocked a spell for a game entity without stats.
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when switching a race or a class in Character Creation.
  • Fixed potential crashes that could occur when closing screens like the options menu or when ending dialogues.
  • Fixed a potential crash when an enemy tries to use the Motivator during combat in the Steel Watch Foundry.
  • Fixed a blocker that could occur if you choose to attack the Emperor during a dialogue after you side with him.
  • Fixed a crash in PhysX.


  • Players will now correctly join cinematic dialogues that require all players to be present if they were listening in previously.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to listen in on private dialogues using the context menu.
  • Fixed an issue causing players to get stuck and not be able to join a dialogue if someone else is already in a dialogue.


  • Fixed hair physics on drow and elf male strong body types.
  • Fixed an issue causing phase spiders to skip their turn in combat if they’re standing on a web that’s been destroyed.
  • Fixed an issue with dice rolling, where retrying could cause the roll to fail if you were applying bonuses and clicking really fast.
  • Duplicate spells no longer appear on followers’ hot bars and you can no longer customize their radial menus. (Important to note: followers are not companions or full party members.)
  • Fixed Dark Urge randomization in Character Creation for non-white dragonborn characters.
  • Fixed an issue preventing you from interacting with Withers in one of the camp locations.


  • Fixed issues in cinematic dialogues when listening in.
  • Fixed an issue causing the character models for half-orcs, dragonborn, and half-elves to not update correctly when unequipping armor in the character sheet.
  • Fixed some issues with prepared spells during Level Up, when multiclassing.
  • Hid the version number during dialogues.
  • Fixed split-screen cinematics showing sampling garbage.


  • Fixed audio issues with grunts, shouts, and moans across gameplay and cinematics.
  • Fixed a line being cut off when speaking to the Restless Myconid in the Underdark.
  • Removed a clicking sound during the credits.
  • Fixed audio levels in a dialogue with Mayrina in the Lower City.


  • Fixed a bug causing textures to appear in bright, neon colors.
  • Fixed a split-screen issue causing characters to remain invisible after a dialogue ends.
  • Fixed an aspect ratio issue when FSR is active during split-screen.
  • Fixed surface texture details not updating when changing Texture Detail in the game video options.


  • Fixed characters looking in the wrong direction in a dialogue with Mizora.
  • Fixed the Emperor turning backward in an endgame cinematic.
  • Fixed a camera issue with the deep rothé.
  • Fixed camera and lighting issues with the strange ox at Last Light.
  • Fixed a blank screen in the cinematic when you put on one of Auntie Ethel’s masks.
  • The nautiloid crash scene will now play even if your avatar is dead and a companion used the transponder instead.
  • Fixed Jaheira’s youngest daughter clipping in a cinematic dialogue.
  • Fixed an issue with clipping characters in a cinematic dialogue in the Colony.
  • Ravengard is no longer missing from a dialogue involving all the allies you’ve made.
  • Fixed the avatar’s head popping into place in a dialogue in the Colony.
  • You no longer look like you’re walking through Sceleritas Fel in the Temple of Bhaal.
  • Fixed Cazador’s staff disappearing in a cinematic dialogue.
  • Fixed a camera that was zoomed in too far on a wolf.
  • Fixed Lae’zel’s head popping in a dialogue with Vlaakith.
  • Fixed issues with animations, clipping, and camera shots in the romantic scene in the House of Hope.
  • Fixed Orin and her victim clipping into an altar.
  • Fixed a blocked camera in the dialogue with Lunkbug and Laridda.
  • Fixed companions disappearing the morning after the Dark Urge gives into a particular Urge.
  • Fixed lighting issues in a scene with Z’rell at Moonrise Towers.
  • Fixed Araj’s hands clipping when talking to her in the Lower City.
  • Fixed some companions being visible in the background of dialogues where they shouldn’t be.
  • Fixed some lines being cut off when speaking to Ravengard in Wyrm’s Crossing.
  • Fixed Ketheric’s corpse standing back up in an idle pose.
  • Fixed a blocked camera in the dialogue with the ogres at the Blighted Village.
  • Fixed Raphael popping during the dialogue with the orthon.
  • Fixed camera, audio, and character movement issues in the dialogue with the monk’s amulet.
  • Fixed a looping animation in the cinematic dialogue with the Brewer.
  • Fixed half-orc hirelings clipping when speaking to the pale individuals in Fraygo’s Flophouse.
  • Fixed male halfling Dark Urge’s hand clipping through his body when lying down.
  • Fixed lighting issues in the endgame cinematic.
  • Fixed Jaheira having jittering and popping hands in a dialogue in the Lower City.
  • Fixed a repeating animation on the submersible.
  • Fixed Wyll looking in the wrong direction when recruited.
  • Added reactions to the player character’s face when talking to the ox in Last Light.
  • Fixed clipping between two Zealots of the Absolute in the Colony.
  • Lae’zel no longer floats in a cinematic dialogue in the Temple of Bhaal.
  • Fixed popping issues with Cazador in several dialogues with Astarion.
  • Fixed some issues with where characters are facing, animations, and cameras in the final combat cinematic.

Those are the Baldur’s Gate 3 patch notes for the hotfix update. If you want to have a look through Larian Studios’ full list, you can do so here for a more detailed understanding of the cinematic changes and other adjustments.

If you’re excited to dive back into Baldur’s Gate 3 now that its first update has dropped, you should check out some of our handy guides to help you on your adventures. You can look through our overview of Baldur’s Gate 3 quests to aid you as you traverse the expansive world while you wait for your patch to finish downloading. Alternatively, you can check out our guide on the best Baldur’s Gate 3 companions to get an idea of what your party composition should be.