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WotC 7 Digital D&D Games In Development

Following up on the Hasbro earnings call a couple of weeks ago, WotC"s CEO Chris Cocks announced at New York Toy Fair (D&D comes up after about an hour of the audio - a lot of it is about Magic: The Gathering) that there are seven digital D&D games in development, with at least one coming per year. Unfortunately, there's no other solid information.

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Of course, 'digital' can mean anything from full-fledged console or PC games to mobile and Facebook games.

What we already knew:
There was a slide show at the event which you can view online. D&D doesn't feature much in it, as it covers all of Hasbro's brands. One of them does feature a small image of a mobile game, though - looks like the existing Warriors of Waterdeep rather than a new game.

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AriochQ

Adventurer
It is an interesting conundrum for a large company like Hasbro. Profits from RPG's are a pittance compared to video games, which are a pittance compared to movies, but the RPG is the basis of your IP. They need to walk the fine line of staying loyal to the fan base, and IP, while simultaneously trying to expand that fan base through other mediums to increase profits.
 



Azurewraith

Explorer
Be interesting to see how this turns out but I just don't really see dnd games working well, the magic of dnd is the interactions between the assembled group and the improv which is lost when your playing a game and it just becomes another RPG set in X setting.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Be interesting to see how this turns out but I just don't really see dnd games working well, the magic of dnd is the interactions between the assembled group and the improv which is lost when your playing a game and it just becomes another RPG set in X setting.
Baldurs Gate 1&2, Neverwinter Nights, Planescape: Torment, and more say otherwise!
 

Azurewraith

Explorer
I have recently played planesscape torment and while great it just felt like another RPG don't get me wrong it was a great game but if I didn't know it was dnd I would have never figured known.
 


grimslade

Adventurer
The problem is almost all CRPGs have coopted D&Disms. There is very little to distinguish an Official D&D CRPG from the rest of the current offerings, other than IP. This is why we are seeing Dark Alliance and the presence of Drizzt and Bruenor and BG3 first out of the gate. I am not expecting an amazing game experience out of Dark Alliance, but it is there to put some IP out in front. Larian will take that and run with it, I hope. Then the digital offerings will expand out to a mobile game or two. I expect one will be geared for the Asian market with microtransactions. The other 3 are up in the air. I do not see another MMO for D&D, but I don't know what else wouldn't saturate a market unless they push an Eberron themed console centric game like Dark Alliance.
 



BabbageUK

Villager
I have a long history with both tabletop and computer based rpgs, and I love them both - but for different reasons. It's true that a cRPG will never achieve the flexibility of the tabletop variety but that doesn't mean they aren't 'D&D' or some other variant. They are definitely RPGs - I play my character in a cRPG the same way I do at the table. I, for one, am happy with this approach and good luck to them. Anything which introduces our hobby to a wider audience gets my vote. Just try to avoid crappy mobile cash-grabs, please! ;)
 

I don't play digital games. Last time I played was Diablo II... I'm due to upgrade my computer in a year or so. Maybe I could try one of these games. If I still have a table top group going I would rather spend time preparing sessions and playing face-to-face.
Just to point out, when a game is called digital, it normally means it is not getting a physical release, not that it is an online game.

And on that note in general, there is no way that BG3 will be a digital-only release, so these 7 digital games are probably in addition to BG3 and Dark Alliance, especially going by how the games are listed in that final image. I am expecting 9 total games because of this.
 

atanakar

Hero
Just to point out, when a game is called digital, it normally means it is not getting a physical release, not that it is an online game.

And on that note in general, there is no way that BG3 will be a digital-only release, so these 7 digital games are probably in addition to BG3 and Dark Alliance, especially going by how the games are listed in that final image. I am expecting 9 total games because of this.
I know. I meant I prefer playing around a table instead of in front of a screen. ;)
 

Mercador

Explorer
Not all genres blend together. I think Baldur's Gate III will work because it won't be Baldur's Gate III but more like Divinity: Original Sin III with DnD taste all over. I think Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance won't work because it's a weak try to milk in revenues. If I had to bet, I would say that one of those games that we don't know really yet might become a instant classic. Who knows. Good games work when there are passion within them. When it's all about money, it's easy to notice it.
 


univoxs

That's my dog, Walter
Supporter
With a growing fanbase for the IP it makes since to capitalize. This does lead to the inevitable lipstick on a pig situation. What I would like is for gog.com to finish their redo of Pools of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor. A much maligned game which is my favorite. I even have the module that coincided with the games release. Which just goes to show that any one of these new games could turn out to be someones favorite, regardless of the reviews.
 


MaskedGuy

Explorer
It is shocking when someone in this RPG hobby is surprised that we are actually tiny fish in the ocean of entertainment. And that is talking D&D. So imagine how microscope Indie RPG designers must feel.
Probably more comfortable too :p Big businesses tend to have both more money less quality minded executives and lot more angry email
 

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