Most of us had already assumed this would be the case, but now it’s official. D&D Next will be hitting stores in the summer of 2014. Methinks that betides a big GenCon release:
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.
“Multiple platforms”??? Rut-ro, Raggy! That makes me a little trepidatious. Yet another attempt to force players to pay for some online subscription model? Did they learn nothing from the 4E fiasco?
I remain cautiously optimistic that this will be a game I can play on the tabletop. With dice. And people. Face-to-face. I am supremely uninterested in “multi-platform experiences.”