D&D Next to Release in Summer 2014

Normally we don’t post press releases in their entirety, but this one seemed like a good candidate to share the news. While it’s not an exact release date, it does confirm the speculation that the game will be released next year, and drop a few possible hints along the way of what’s to come.

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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  1. Most fearsome monster of all time? Hmm, dragon of Tyr? Orcus? Jabberwock? Acererak? Tarrasque? Tiamat? Vecna? Typhon and Echidna?

    And what are these platforms being bandied about?

    Inquiring minds want toknow!

  2. “multi-platform”? Sooo… I can play this on my dining room table AND my coffee table? Well after 40 years, it’s about time!

    • On a wild guess? Tabletop, tablet… desktop, console? But at least normal pen-and-paper along with the “digital table” experience some companies are starting to look at.

  3. Shawn Merwin says:

    Whenever I hear multiplatform, all I can think about is the geyser room from White Plume Mountain.

  4. I strongly suspect that “multiplatform” means print and PDF, though who knows, maybe it also means Kindle and other ebook formats as well.

    As for the greatest monster thing- I’m guessing either a launch event OR just a typo and it should be monsters (plural).

  5. This will indeed be an interesting book to have, given the forty year anniversary of D&D.