[quote=etonbears]Which is why using BG3 as a marketing ploy might be considered impolite
WoTC owns the Forgotten Realms and the fictitious city of Baldur's Gate, and they are working closely with Larian in all aspects of this game. Calling this a marketing ploy is an insult to every WoTC employee that is working with Larian to ensure that the game is true to D&D, Baldur's Gate, the Baldur's Gate story, etc.
Absolutely. I agree. Calling it BG3 is so obviously a marketing ploy. BG3 has no relationship whatsoever to the first two games other than the use of the namesake city.
You haven't seen any of the story yet so you literally can't say there is no relationship to the first 2 games. All we know, literally, is that Swen confirmed that, in reality, there is deep and meaningful connections to both places and people from the first 2 games. It's set, what, one or two hundred years after BG2 so...a lot changes in the FR in that period of time. A lot.
And as for the game's imagery, just go take a look at videos and trailers for Solasta. Solasta looks very much like a game set in the Forgotten Realms even though it is in reality not. Solasta's budget is a tiny fraction of BG3's huge AAA budget, and yet looks so much better and so much more like a true D&D/FR game.
Solasta, while I plan on following them and probably buying, looks no where near as clean as BG3. You can tell they have a much smaller budget. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing...but it most certainly does not look better than BG3 by any means.