The Dungeons & Dragons team has announced that the next iteration of the tabletop fantasy RPG will debut in 2024.
Revealed at D&D Celebration 2021, the next iteration of Dungeons & Dragons – though not officially named as D&D 6e – will launch with new versions of the core rulebooks to coincide with D&D's 50th anniversary. "Earlier this year, we began work on the next evolution of Dungeons & Dragons," said D&D's Executive Producer Ray Winninger during the "Future of D&D" panel, where they also outlined new sourcebooks focusing on both classic and brand new game settings (similar to this year's Van Richten's Guide to Ravenloft or 2019's Ebberon: Rising from the Last War) coming in 2022 and '23.
Winninger says the new ruleset will still be compatible with Fifth Edition books and supplements, and will be largely designed based on community feedback for 5e. "We really really appreciate that feedback," Winninger said, continuing "we're doing our best to give you the version of the game that you really want.
While there weren't many concrete details discussed during the D&D Live panel – apart from that there may be a digital component or supplement involved – it sounds like we can expect a lot more information about what to expect once the team is a little further along in the development process next year. "We can't really say much more yet about what our plans are, we're still making them," Winninger said when asked about the development of this next iteration. "Next year we'll have lots more to say about the future of D&D … and, probably most importantly, when we're ready to talk more about our plans next year, we'll have a lot more to say about how the fans can contribute and help shape this game into all that it can be."
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