Following an outcry from Baldur’s Gate 3 players, Larian has reversed an earlier patch that added fur to the previously bald His Majesty the cat.
Stand down, Baldur’s Gate 3 players: His Majesty the cat has been restored to his former, profoundly hairless glory.
The controversy began on 22 September, when a patch added fur to His Majesty – a Sphynx breed of cat – who Larian said “previously looked like Steelclaw [another hairless cat]. His Majesty’s appearance now befits his name and nature.”
It didn’t take long before players noticed the change. “I am so confused why does his majesty suddenly have hair?” redditor VerticalVasectomy asked shortly after the patch rolled out. The post received 186 comments, with choice responses including, “Bald Cat Gate 3” and “Having one bald cat is ok, but if you have two then you get a reputation as ‘that bald cat game.'”
The negative response to His Majesty’s hirsute look was such that Larian’s latest update, which emerged today, 3 October (thanks, Rock Paper Shotgun) has once again removed all of that nasty fur.
Among the fixes in Hotfix #8, you’ll now find, “Shaved His Majesty, who is once again a Sphynx.”
Larian adds that, in order to avoid confusion between the two bald moggies, “Steelclaw’s eye colour has been adjusted so they are no longer identical twins.”
In more far-reaching changes, the hotfix also removes the widely disliked system that saw companions foist their belongings into the player’s inventory when switched around. Other fixes include issues with volumetric fog and materials, invalid save games, and the the restoration of “Raphael’s hair colour and horns.”
You can read the full list of fixes on Steam.