The fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons has finally been officially announced by Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) today. This concludes a playtest of over 150,000 participants over two years, with a release in "summer 2014." Here are six predictions about how, where, and when the new edition will be released.
The signs have all been there of course, harkening back to Gen Con 2013. It started with WOTC's curious lack of presence at Gen Con's exhibit hall. Then at the D&D event, "A Night with Dungeons & Dragons," WOTC said nothing about the release date, despite playtesting ending in September.
It was followed by indications that, for those of us who were around during the third edition release of Dungeons & Dragons, looked familiar -- rumors of an Open Game License release followed by an exodus of former staff forming their own game companies supporting 4th Edition after WOTC stopped supporting it. Taking the past year's events and announcements into account here's some predictions for Dungeons & Dragons in 2014, along with links to more information:
- The 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons will be released at next year's Gen Con in August
- It will feature an Open Game License (OGL)
- Third-party publishers are already working on their support of the new system and will rapidly announce their products in quick succession after the OGL is announced
- WOTC will roll out world supplements for every campaign setting, with Dragonlance and Eberron first.
- The D&D release will be fully digital, embracing the PDF format on DNDClassics.com
- The D&D movie rights will be resolved one way or the other, as Hasbro has big plans for a transmedia push for the D&D brand in 2014
We'll see if I'm right in 2014.
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