D&D 5E D&D Next Release Date Set -- Summer 2014

Cybit

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http://www.critical-hits.com/blog/2013/12/19/dd-next-to-release-in-summer-2014/

Wizards of the Coast Announces Thrilling Dungeons & Dragons Launch for Summer 2014
Players fight the most fearsome monster of all time in an exciting multi-platform gaming experience
December 19, 2013 – Renton, WA – Wizards of the Coast today announced that the highly-anticipated new rules system for Dungeons & Dragons will release in summer 2014. After nearly two years of an open public playtest and more than 175,000 playtest participants, the rules are complete. Players will be immersed in rich storytelling experiences across multiple gaming platforms as they face off against the most fearsome monster of all time.
“Just like a perfectly balanced party, Wizards has worked cohesively with fans, designers and partners to create the next generation of D&D,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director for Dungeons & Dragons. “We whole-heartedly thank all of the play test participants, whose feedback has proven instrumental in shaping the future of Dungeons & Dragons.”
More information about the exciting Dungeons & Dragons entertainment offerings will be available in early 2014. To learn more about D&D, visit dungeonsanddragons.com.
About Wizards of the Coast
Wizards of the Coast LLC, a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS), is the leader in entertaining the lifestyle gamer. Wizards’ players and fans are members of a global community bound together by their love of both digital gaming and in-person play. The company brings to market a range of gaming experiences under powerful brand names such as MAGIC: THE GATHERING, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS, and KAIJUDO. Wizards is also a publisher of fantasy series fiction with numerous New York Times best-sellers. For more information about our world renowned brands, visit the Wizards of the Coast Web site at www.wizards.com.

 

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Grydan

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Well, the summer 2014 timing comes as a surprise to pretty much nobody anywhere.

I imagine that "multiple gaming platforms" bit is going to inspire some … interesting reactions.
 

Dungeoneer

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"The most fearsome monster of all time?" What's that supposed to mean?

Does "multi-platform release" mean there's a CRPG coming out alongside it?

So is it just called "Dungeons & Dragons" now?

Why did they wait until days before Christmas to make this announce?
 

Derren

Hero
Does "multi-platform release" mean there's a CRPG coming out alongside it?

Extremely unlikely as it would have been announced by now.
It probably just means that there will be PDFs or possibly a VTT.

When you cut out all the marketing drivel (and my god are the buzzwords bad in there), it just says that it comes out next year.
 
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First Reaction: WOOOOOOOO

Second Reaction: Well, it is the 40th anniversary and the playtest wrapped up, so when else would they release it?

Third Reaction: We still don't know the actual release date, just the season. So we don't know if it's going to be pre or post GenCon.
We also still do not know the name of this edition.
We do not know the format of the books or how they will be released or the MSRP.

So, really, this was a press release telling us nothing.
 


"The most fearsome monster of all time?" What's that supposed to mean?
It means no one on the editing team proofread it.

Does "multi-platform release" mean there's a CRPG coming out alongside it?[/QUOTE]
It likely means electronic and print. And this was likely written by a marketing team who were trying to make the hype sound like a "console" announcement.

So is it just called "Dungeons & Dragons" now?
No idea.

Why did they wait until days before Christmas to make this announce?
The same reason they left out the actual publication date, price, format, and name. Because reasons.
 


Shiv

Explorer
Why did they wait until days before Christmas to make this announce?

Now is a great time to make such an announcement. We're heading into the Christmas/New Years holidays and many of us will have more free time to talk online, speculate, and build anticipation. The next few weeks will be a near-constant swirl of fan-generated promotion online.
 

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