Baldur's Gate 3 patch 5 is upon us, with a host of major additions including a super-tough hardcore difficulty mode - but it also adds a way to make the RPG just as easy or difficult as you want it to be.
As Larian describes it, Custom Mode is "a new game mode that allows players to pick and choose the type of experience best for them. With many options to pick from, a few favourites include the option to hide the required roll to succeed dice checks, which gives a more realistic D&D experience, as well as the ability to hide enemy HP in battle, again more closely simulating the tabletop style."
You can see some further examples of what's available in Custom Mode in the screenshot below, and there are quite a few options. I'm particularly interested in the proficiency bonus slider, which looks like it will let you add a flat bonus (or penalty) of your choosing to your dice rolls. You can make short rests fully heal the party, or multiply the cost of goods at traders by your liking.
This is all on top of the new Honour Mode option, which is basically a hardcore mode that keeps you from save-scumming. It looks like Custom Mode will have a lot of benefits for players who want an easier way to play, but it seems versatile enough to also let you make the game way, way harder for the true masochists among you.
Baldur's Gate 3 patch 5 also includes a long-awaited inventory fix, a massive new epilogue with "some of the most complex writing in the game," and a selection of performance improvements and other fixes across all platforms.
Baldur's Gate 3 is already competing with some of the best RPGs of all time.