What will D&D 6th edition be like?

Rafael Martin

Explorer
Look, a 6th edition of D&D is inevitable, so what do you think it will be like? Will it be a radical change in the game like 4th edition was? Or will it be a return to more tradition D&D like 5th edition was? I really want to know you all think. Please proceed...
 

atanakar

Adventurer
It will be an all-on-line game with all the widgets like dice roller and axonometric views of the floor plans. No pdf, and no physical books. Modules will have extra levels you need to pay extra cash to open up. Fun times! :p
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
idk I'd imagine at this point it'd be like the transition between the 2 AD&D editions. dropping extraneous baggage, probably trying to fix some of the problem spots as well (saving throws, bad subclasses, the old ranger). I want them to just make a 5.5 and be done with it, but the fact they seem reluctant to outright "fix" ranger always bothered me.

not sure why people say that it would go all digital, d&d seems to be thriving on the idea of getting together with people irl to play. then again I'm pretty sure the same people also ignore the rise in board games and insist people only play video games anymore 🙄
 

ad_hoc

Hero
idk I'd imagine at this point it'd be like the transition between the 2 AD&D editions. dropping extraneous baggage, probably trying to fix some of the problem spots as well (saving throws, bad subclasses, the old ranger). I want them to just make a 5.5 and be done with it, but the fact they seem reluctant to outright "fix" ranger always bothered me.

not sure why people say that it would go all digital, d&d seems to be thriving on the idea of getting together with people irl to play. then again I'm pretty sure the same people also ignore the rise in board games and insist people only play video games anymore 🙄
The joke is that by the time 6th edition comes around there won't even be any trees left.
 

J-H

Villager
If WOTC is smart, it'll be a long time coming. The 3.5->4e transition was a disaster, and 5th edition seems to be very popular with simple mechanics. It'd take a lot of work to convince me to move to another system that had a lot more fiddly bits and +1s and -1s to track at the table.

The answer to "What will 6e be like?" is going to be driven by the answer to the question "What market(s) is 5e under-serving that will generate additional revenue and enthusiasm, sufficient to outweigh the existing recurring revenue from the successful 5e product that would then be sunset and stop generating cashflow?"

Based on 4e's reputation, the answer back then may have been "Video gamers and MMO players." 5e's answer was "People who want a more traditional feel, combined with gameplay that is fast and simple to run."

I think the slow release of splatbooks, combined with the (new?) recurring revenue streams from the DM's Guild, Adventurers League, and various media endeavors, represents a conservative approach that will see 5e last a long time without growing stale.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
It is too soon to talk about 6th reason, because the candence is slow, lots of titles haven't published yet, and the plans for the brand are multimedia. This means they are going to worry more about movies, teleserie and videogames what the printed books.

The experencie has tought them the best way to get new players is with simple rules.

Maybe the plans for a future d20 system is to be simple, but enough modular and flexible to allow different genres, even space opera and superheroes, but with a right balance of power.

But I dare to suggest they are going to get the idea from Pathfinder 2 where some racial traits can be replaced by optional racial feats.
 

Ace

Explorer
I am with LuisCarlos 17f . The rate of production and the general popularity of 5E suggest it will have a long life, maybe longer than that of 2e which lasted more than a decade.

I suspect whatever comes next in five years or so will reflect gaming trends of the time, if the hobby shifts back to complex rules than 6E will get more complex. I do think it won't get much less complex, D&D won't become too narrative driven otherwise it risks the sales problem 4E had, good game but "not D&D"
 

TwoSix

The hero you deserve
I think the 5e core is going to be generational, lasting at least into the 2030s. I could see something like a republishing of the PHB with some modified classes and races, but it would still be the same power level and the underlying mechanics are 5.0. (Call it a 5.1.)
 

Arilyn

Hero
Death and taxes are inevitable. A 6th edition? Not So much.
I think a 6e will happen, but probably a ways off. Eventually, sales will slip and WOTC will want a shiny new edition to rekindle excitement. Or maybe something awful will happen at Hasbro, and D&D will be bought by someone else. Nothing stays the same.

If 6e is not too far off, I think archetypes will be changed so all classes adopt one at same level. I think we might see fewer spell casting classes. Bonds, traits, etc. will be cleaned up and integrated more into system. Stats tinkered with so they are more balanced, saves going back to will, fortitude and reflex, or something similar and getting rid of tool proficiencies (having tool and skill separated is cludgy.)

If a new edition is far down the road, then who knows? It could end up radically different because gaming tastes change.
 

tetrasodium

Adventurer
Look, a 6th edition of D&D is inevitable, so what do you think it will be like? Will it be a radical change in the game like 4th edition was? Or will it be a return to more tradition D&D like 5th edition was? I really want to know you all think. Please proceed...
5.25/5.5 will probably dialback some of the overly streamlined/simplified areas a notch or two & be named something like d&d $adjective or D&d $verb possibly with some more complete & fleshed out inclusion of stuff like dmg242 "success at a cost" baked into the system. It will probably be almost if not entirely compatible with 5e stuff with little if any rejiggering needed to convert.

sixth will no doubt be a long way off; but with the release of pf2 wotc might feel some pressure.

edit: As others have said, there are probably dozens of these threads
 

HarbingerX

Rob Of The North
Given how the 5e core books are still selling very well, there is little chance for a 6e any time soon. They also are being very careful not to oversaturate the rules space, so there is little need to 'fix' anything done so far. At most, I'd guess they'll do a 10th anniversary edition of 5e that includes some of the UA added sub-classes. Until then, they will continue to push D&D's brand into more IP; no need for new rules to do that.
 

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