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Limited Use of Larian Launcher
When you start Baldur’s Gate 3 for the first time, you might feel pressured to sign up for a Larian Account to play the game. However, this is a surprisingly common misconception.
What is the Larian Launcher good for?
Additionally, you can choose between launching the game with DirectX11 (recommended) or Vulkan (legacy feature). There are some few more “features“, such as easy access to support-relevant options, but that’s about it.
You can safely ignore and skip the Larian Launcher until you actually need those options.
When do I need a Larian Account?
A Larian Account and the usage of the Launcher will become necessary should you wish to make use of additional features, such as cross-platform save games, which are saved via that Larian Account.
Moreover, an account becomes relevant when you want to redeem items via Larian exclusive events, such as Twitch Drops.
Skip Larian Launcher Permanently
Method A: Launch Options
to the game’s Launch Options, you can suppress the Larian Launcher from starting when launching the game from your Steam Library.
To do that, right-click on the game’s entry in your Steam Library and select Properties
Add the launch option
(you can copy & paste) in the Launch Options on the first tab
That was it. That will surpress the Larian Launcher whenever you start the game from now. *
* this action might need to be repeated when the game comes with a Larian Launcher update
This method works and is preferred when using Steam Deck.
Method B: Launch via Executable / Shortcut
You can launch the game directly by establishing the actual game’s executable rather than via the Steam Library entry. For that, you need to locate the executable.
Right-click on the game’s entry in your Steam Library -> Manage -> Browse local files.
Enter the subfolder bin (trivia: that is short for binary)
Select bg3_dx11.exe (recommended) OR bg3.exe and double-click or Enter
And that starts the game directly.
If you want it more comfortable, you can right-click on bg3_dx11.exe / bg3.exe and select from the menu Send to -> Desktop (Shortcut)
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