Thanks to Ogrecave for putting this in my RSS feed- there’s a full blown press release officially dating D&D 4th Edition for May of 2008. Like the 3.0 release, the PHB will be released first, with the DMG a month later, and the MM a month after that. MerricB over at ENWorld has been collecting all the known info in one thread. Other highlights include 7 books in 2008, integration with Gleemax (and probable reason that Dungeon & Dragon were cancelled) and some kind of new licensing scheme, not like OGL but still a way for third parties to produce D&D material. (This last point definitely needs more data)
More updates as we find out, our intrepid webmaster is currently at GenCon so I’ll see if he can find anything…
UPDATE 1: ENWorld’s main page has some more updates, including links to PDFs given away in press packs. Of interest (to me) is that they list the MM coming out before the DMG. They also talk about new D&D minis products, which implies a new set of rules for the D&D Minis battle game. That, of course, raises the question of what happens to the old stats and rules. Also, a price was given for “D&D Insider”, the Dungeon & Dragon mag replacement that will also function as an online way to play D&D. All that and more will cost you $9.99 per month.
UPDATE 2: While the real official announcement is going on at GenCon, the Wizard’s countdown officially launched… supposedly. Millions of nerds are currently slamming the D&D site, which is full of new goodies for the lucky few who are getting through. For most of us, we’re seeing “Service Unavailable.”