5E 2020 Release Speculation Thread

Urriak Uruk

Explorer
So... I love speculating, and I know some of you do to. And I've noticed there have actually been a bunch of cryptic hints towards what is coming next year (though little that is confirmed), and I thought instead of trying to organize all this clues in my head, I'd put them here for the community to organize for me!

I'll gladly edit this OP for things I've missed, but here are some of the big ones.

  • There is a book upcoming, with adventures written by Deborah Ann Woll, Marisha Ray, and authors from the DMsGuild.
  • D&D will stick to a pacing of 3 to 4 hardcover books a year.
  • D&D is "committed" to releasing more setting books.
  • A "couple" of products in 2020 will have influences from non-European cultures.
  • Chwingas (a sprite from Chult) will return in an official product.
  • The past few Unearthed Arcanas are testing nine different subclasses.

Past year's "pattern"
2015: Two adventure books, 1 setting book.
2016: Two adventure books (one a remake of previous adventure), 1 monster/source book.
2017: Two adventure books (one a remake), 1 player options book.
2018: Two adventure books (one a remake), 1 setting book, 1 monster/source book.
2019: Two adventure books (one a remake), 1 setting book.
<didn't really count Tyranny of Dragons, Rick and Morty or Acq. Inc. since those are unlikely to repeat>

Sources:

So what do you think is in the works? I'm guessing one adventure with a tie to the planes (the Chwinga/faeries link), one compilation of adventures book (instead of a remake), and one book that is either a setting or new player options.

What hints did I miss, or what are your thought?
 

Parmandur

Legend
My main expectation is for a Storyline Adventure book to be released, since we know Chris Perkins and Adam Lee are working on one. My prediction is Mindflayets versus Gith.

My gut is that we might see another monster book, maybe Dragons, as it will have been two years since MToF.

Xanathar's Guide 2 or equivalent seems a possibility, but I think the tests may well be for a Setting book. My guesses on that basis would be Planescape and/or some Magic: the Gathering crossover.

The book Welch has alluded to, with DMsGuild author and celebrity contributions intrigues me: I suspect it will break the mold, being the first big book conceived and planned out entirely by someone other than Mearls, Crawford or Perkins.
 

Parmandur

Legend
So, one thing to keep in mind: the vehicle rules used in Ghosts of Saltmarsh and Descent into Avernus were revealed by Mike Mearls when talking to NeebieDM at D&D Live to be based on Mass Combat rules still in development for WotC by a gentleman named Joseph A. McCullough. McCullough appears to be a hardcore war gamer, and what he is working on might be ready for primetime next year:

 
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Parmandur

Legend
When I think about the ways they've been bundling things successfully I would not be surprised if a Dragons book was also a DragonLance book.
I could see such a book having a similar relationship to DL as MToF does to Greyhawk: there, bit a minor note, though I would expect Draconians to appear: and hey, they brought Draconians up in the most recent Dragon Talk as something they need to cover in Lore You Should Know.

Tito and Perkins keep making jokes about Gem Dragons, too...
 
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bedir than

Explorer
I could see such a book having a similar relationship to DL as MToF does to Greyhawl: there, bit a minor note, though I would expect Draconians to appear: and hey, they brought Draconians up in the most recent Dragon Talk as something they need to cover in Lore You Should Know.

Tito and Perkins keep making jokes about Gem Dragons, too...
I expect a drip of subclasses
 
I think a Xanathar's Guide 2 (or similar) is seeming increasingly likely for the first half of 2020. As well as new subclasses it will carry a reprint of the artificer for non-Eberronites (but only alchemist and archivist subclasses), and a reprint/expansion of the sidekick rules from the Essentials Kit. Perhaps filled out with additional manoeuvres for battlemasters, invocations for warlocks, and infusions for artificers.

Other than that, a couple of adventure books? If I have to engage in wild speculation about those, I would guess a high level plane travelling adventure featuring a Sigil gazetteer.
 
So, one thing to keep in mind: the vehicle rules used in Ghosts of Saltmarsh and Descent into Avernus were revealed by Mike Mearls when talking to NeebieDM at D&D Live to be based on Mass Combat rules still in development for WotC by a gentleman named Joseph A. McCullough. McCullough appears to be a hardcore war gamer, and what he is working on might be ready for primetime next year:

If anything is likely to go in a box it would be this. They may well do them in a stand alone format (i.e. don't need D&D rules to play).
 

gyor

Adventurer
I think it will be an hardcover adventure, either Al Qadim Setting and Kara Tur Setting books, a Hardcover Planeshift Book of Magic the Gathering Settings (and possibly a couple of minor D&D Settings), a PDF Playtest Dragonlance and Greyhawk Setting Books (which doesn't count towards their hardcover book limit). Debrah's adventure book might or might not count towards the hard cover book limit like Acquisitions Inc Hardcover Book didn't. Plus their will be another Tortle Package like PDF linked to Extra Life.
 
Given that they wanted to put Mass Combat rules in XGtE, I think this would be fitting for a follow-up.
Possible. But if they wanted to do battlemaps on a unit scale other than 1 inch = 5 feet it would warrant a box.

And it might suit parent company Hasbro to release a stand alone mass combat game with the D&D branding.
 

Parmandur

Legend
Possible. But if they wanted to do battlemaps on a unit scale other than 1 inch = 5 feet it would warrant a box.

And it might suit parent company Hasbro to release a stand alone mass combat game with the D&D branding.
Based on the vehicle rules released so far, it would seem that Theatre of the Mind comparability is an important feature of the system they are working on, not miniature focused (though useable).
 

Ralif Redhammer

Adventurer
I would absolutely love a Dragonlance book. A new war of the lance, with PCs fighting in great big battles, would be pretty cool.

I'll always hope for a new Manual of the Planes, but there aren't any signs pointing to that next year.
 

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