Maggie Robertson, the actress who brought Lady Dimitrescu to life in Resident Evil Village, has been cast as another memorable villain in Baldur’s Gate 3.
Larian Studios confirmed this exciting news at an event where I had the opportunity to play the game’s launch version.
Introducing Orin the Red
In Baldur’s Gate 3, Maggie Robertson will portray the character known as Orin the Red, a magical and shape-shifting menace. Orin is a seductive yet sadistic presence who will make multiple appearances throughout the game, particularly in its later stages, to test players’ resolve.
Working for one of the game’s higher powers, Orin stands out visually with her striking white eyes, fiery red and revealing bodysuit, and smokey patterns shifting on her skin. She possesses ruthless cunning, using her shape-shifting abilities to catch players off guard and manipulate them into making unfortunate choices.
From what I witnessed, I am confident that Orin will emerge as one of the game’s most memorable characters. Unfortunately, I cannot share any pictures at this time.
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Robertson joins an impressive cast in Baldur’s Gate 3, which includes renowned actors such as JK Simmons (known for his role as J. Jonah Jameson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films), Jason Isaacs (known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films), and Matt Mercer from Critical Role, who returns as the character Minsc from the original Baldur’s Gate.
While these actors may stand out, the performances across the game are exemplary, both from the close companions players encounter and the characters they meet in the game world. Personally, I am a big fan of the goblins.
The game’s extensive dialogue and the multitude of conversation permutations contribute to its cinematic experience, amounting to approximately 170 hours of gameplay. However, it is important to note that achieving this hour count requires multiple playthroughs.
Baldur’s Gate 3 will be released on PC on August 3rd. The PlayStation 5 version will follow on September 6th, while the Xbox version will take a bit longer due to split-screen co-op issues on Xbox Series S.
Next week, I will provide in-depth impressions of the BG3 event, including my experience with the PS5 version, and an interview with Larian boss Swen Vincke. In the meantime, be sure to watch the latest public look at the game in the just-aired Larian Panel from Hell.