D&D 5E Announcement Next Week--What Hints For Upcoming D&D Books?

WotC uses Unearthed Arcana to playtest D&D material which often ends up in a later hardcover book. Mages of Strixhaven was in Unearthed Arcana in June 2021, and Strixhaven: A Curriculum of Chaos was published in December 2021. Draconic Options was in Unearthed Arcana in April 2021, and Fizban's Treasury of Dragons came out in October. The same applied to Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft, and other books--the lead time appears to typically be somewhere around 6 months. So what have we had recently which might give us an insight into upcoming books?

WotC is holding a press event this coming Friday, with an embargo for March 22nd (which is Tuesday next week), meaning that an announcement is around the corner.


Unearthed Arcana has slowed in the last year or so, but there have been two notable articles:
  • August 2021 -- Travelers of the Multiverse. 6 months after this was February, so if the 6-month lead time theory holds true, a multiverse-themed book would be imminent. The amount of speculative chatter about Spelljammer, Planescape, and 'Planejammer' is at a high.
  • March 2022 -- Heroes of Krynn. This UA was released last week; six months would put a Dragonlance hardcover roughly about September, around the same time that Weis & Hickman's new Dragonlance novel releases.
So these two appear the most likely--some kind of multiverse book, and a Dragonlance book.

We know that a new starter set--Dragons of Stormwreck Isle--is on its way this year. WotC has spoken about two brand new settings, and two classic settings in 2022 (which fits the theory!)


They also spoke about a 'brand new format' for the 2 classic settings--WotC's Ray Winninger said in June last year that ""Each of these products is pursuing a different format you've never seen before. And neither is "digital only;" these are new print formats."

As I've mentioned on a couple of occasions, there are two more products that revive "classic" settings in production right now.

The manuscript for the first, overseen by [Chris Perkins], is nearly complete. Work on the second, led by [F. Wesley Schneider] with an assist from [Ari Levitch], is just ramping up in earnest. Both are targeting 2022 and formats you've never seen before.

In addition to these two titles, we have two brand new [D&D] settings in early development, as well as a return to a setting we've already covered. (No, these are not M:tG worlds.)

As I mentioned in the dev blog, we develop more material than we publish, so it's possible one or more of these last three won't reach production. But as of right now, they're all looking great.
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Here's my prediction for 2023:


Or some other non-D&D property, such as Star Frontiers or Top Secret.


Because it's a safe place to test mechanical changes that might appear in 5.5E one year later, the same way that Star Wars Saga Edition previewed 4E D&D.

It's also a way to fill out the product schedule during a year where anything branded as "5E" will likely sell relatively poorly because consumers will have concerns about it being incompatible with 5.5E.

And it's a bone to nostalgic grognards like myself.
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Dragonlance back in the day made interesting use of the Battlesystem rules and a range of isomorphic maps for the War of the Lance. If they’re likely to be returning to that event/timeframe, I’m curious if a release will be built to include mass combat systems and perhaps even some sort of tabletop wargaming element.


Deluxe Unhuman
Have any setting releases for 5E been boxed sets? If not, they could consider that a new release format for a setting.


Have any setting releases for 5E been boxed sets? If not, they could consider that a new release format for a setting.
It would definitely be a new format for a Dragonlance setting with 326 pages released for 5E on a Tuesday in 2022 after February, that's for sure.


So...this article sources r/DNDLeaks.

Hey, @Morrus, what's your source for this thread? Also that r/DNDLeaks post?
Probably the same as the Reddit post: the press venue Nerdarchy teased on FaceBook that there would be a presser on Friday with WotC about the next book that they could talk about on Monday. They actually said they know what the next book is already.



TSR experimented with a ton of different print formats and presentation. They even published 2e class based boxes. The player had everyting to play 'inserts class' in a plastic case. It even came with a player screen with useful charts and tables of the said class.

I'm really curiout to see what they mean by 'never seen before'. Never seen before in 5e OR never seen before since 1974?
I had the cleric box. That was a pretty cool concept.


the Incomparably Shrewd and Clever
Liz Schuh let slip on Dragon Talk that upcoming products would have trays inside the box. I don't know what that looks like but sounds like something more utilitarian.
I'm thinking it will be released on sheet cake, written in icing.
Trays? Cake? Sensing a real food theme here. :) Maybe WotC has solved the problem of players who stop buying miniatures (DM: "More goblin minis? Nah, I have enough already."), by introducing edible monster minis.
Not sure why they would pick Dragonlance over Dark Sun unless they are throwing out all of the previous survey results on setting popularity.
There is a new Dragonlance novel trilogy kicking off in August; that might affect their decision-making...


5e Freelancer
Indeed. The really signature part of Planescape is Sigil, and if we're getting Sigil we're getting Factions, and that means UA for Faction related player options.
I doubt it. We didn't get an Unearthed Arcana for the Faction Rules in Ravnica, so I doubt we would get it for Planescape. They could easily just use those and build off of them and make them specific to Sigil.

I could definitely see a Player Race UA for Planescape, like Bauriar, Celadrin, Rogue Modrons, and similar races, but I highly doubt that we would get one for Factions in Planescape.

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