The wizarding world of the game, Baldur's Gate 3, shook like a wand casting a rogue spell when hotfix nine hit the gaming universe. The big whammy behind this update? You are now granted the privilege to morph your Hirelings into beasts that resemble something out of a stomach-churning continuity error in a Z-grade monster movie. No, we're not kidding!
And who do we have to thank for this innovative cosmetic extravaganza? A mystical Magic Mirror which, prior to this, was just a vanity object for scrutinizing and sculpting your avatar's cheekbones to absolute perfection. In this round of interactive D&D, you're no longer the puppet, but the puppet master, reshaping your Hirelings into creatures that may or may not have crawled out of Jabba the Hutt's waste pit.
Additionally – and we couldn't resist sharing this in the same breath – should you feel compelled to express your (likely traumatic) inner metamorphosis post-character design, this mighty Mirror graces you with the power to change your character's name too!
That’s right – if you've ever craved the chance to overthrow potter around as 'Dumbledore's Flaming Phoenix Feather', or 'Elven Ears Ed', today's your lucky day. A dash of wizardry here, a sprinkle of wordplay there, and you have yourself a newly-minted identity to accompany your fresh roster of terrifyingly ugly Hirelings.
But, the fun doesn’t stop in the realms of extreme makeovers. This hotfix also comes with suitcase full of bug fixes. Remember that annoying snafu which caused the game to crash during quickloading for PS5 users? Squashed. The Guardian Statue causing the game servers to stall? Vaporized!
And the weird bug that made your character's legs go all Houdini? Snuffed out! It was the Adamantine Splint Armour. Now you won't have worry about looking down to find your lower limbs in stealth mode. Although, to be honest, it was quite a cool party trick!
And now, for the sprouts of love budding within the virtual madness. Are you the heartless player who sacrificed all of Grove and those innocent Tieflings just to have a chance with the gothic chic Minthara? Well, pop open your love potions, you heart-stealing rogue. Your tireless efforts and dubious moral choices have finally paid off. Our sources confirm that your romance prospects with Minthara are now smoother than a magic carpet ride under a full moon!
For the rest of us shocked that romance is even a thing here, it'll serve us well to reread the Baldur's Gate 3 romances guide. Trust me, it lists all the charm-offensives you can push onto unsuspecting NPCs.
To summarize, this latest blockbuster of a hotfix from Baldur's Gate 3 is a veritable cocktail of epic changes, bug fixes and updates that will take your classic RPG experience and twist it into something deliciously bizarre. Happy gaming!
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