How is anyone supposed to steward a product that has over thirty years of history across multiple editions, sourcebooks, magazines and novels? How could you possibly track all of that material well enough to build upon it without contradicting something?Just a reminder, the Novels functional ARE setting, and separating the novels from TTRPG canon into there own canon is worse then the Spellplague, completely poorly thought out none sense, and not how the setting was designed or how it evovled over years. As said I disregard what Chris and Jeremy said, which btw contradicted each other.
Sometimes I wish Ed would sue WotC for voiding the contract and take FR back, they aren't being good Stewards of the setting. They learn NOTHING from the back lash to the Spellplague.
I was first introduced to the Forgotten Realms back in the 3.5e era, by friends who were long-term afficionados of the setting, and even back then it was an incredibly intimidating amount of information to contemplate. I wanted to use it in my games, but just getting up to speed on even a single region sufficiently to run it for players already familiar with the setting seemed insurmountable. And that was just with a few rather forgiving players to accommodate.
Trying to do the same for an entire fanbase of players, well enough to create an official product that will withstand their unsympathetic scrutiny? WotC rightly judged that impossible.