Baldur's Gate 3 used a movie-style intimacy coordinator for its sex scenes

Baldur's Gate 3
(Image credit: Larian Studios)

Baldur's Gate 3 made use of intimacy coordinators for its sex scenes, an apparent first for a traditional video game.

Intimacy coordinators help plan scenes featuring simulated sex or other intimate physical contact in movies and TV, with the goal of making sure that the actors involved are comfortable and don't feel pressured into things they haven't consented to. Use of intimacy coordinators began to grow after the MeToo movement, and today you'll find credits for the role in everything from House of the Dragon to Oppenheimer.

Now intimacy coordinators are working on video games too, it seems. In a report on the game's actors, the BBC notes that Baldur's Gate 3 "employed specially trained intimacy coordinators to make sure actors feel comfortable during romantic scenes."

"I never felt 'yuck' in a recording session at all," Jennifer English, who plays the Cleric companion Shadowheart, said. "And I've got quite a low 'yuck' threshold."

Larian said it believes Baldur's Gate 3 is one of the first traditional video games to make use of intimacy coordinators. The only other example of a game using intimacy coordinators I'm familiar with is 2022's FMV thriller Immortality - though that project has more in common with film and television than it does with traditional video games, at least when it comes to its live-action actors.

Baldur's Gate 3's sex and nudity have become quite a talking point in the weeks leading up to the game's release, with the promise of customizable genitals and the opportunity to have sex with a Druid while he's wildshaped into the form of a grizzly bear. I can offer no judgment. It's been clear at least since Mass Effect in 2007 that video game players love to form romantic relationships with their NPC companions - particularly when those bonds pay off in first-class tickets on the next train to Pound Town.

If lust isn't your thing, you might try approaching Baldur's Gate 3 with gluttony. 

Dustin Bailey
Staff Writer

Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.