Everything announced at Wizards Presents
Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering Fans rejoice: Wizards of the Coast’s showcase, Wizards Presents, has revealed all of the in-store plans for both franchises over the next year and beyond.
Wizards of the Coast is part of Hasbro’s growing $2.1 billion games portfolio, and it looks like there’s no sign of the gaming juggernaut slowing down in the near future if its storefront was anything to go by. to spend.
Here are some of the biggest announcements and previews for Wizards Presents 2022:
One of the biggest announcements is the reveal of A D&Dthe code name of the next generation of Dungeons & Dragons. The last rules overhaul came in the form of a fifth edition in 2014, so it’s been a long time coming. The update will see a major rules update, but will still be backwards compatible with the wide range of Fifth Edition mods and materials currently available in the (massive) J&D catalog.
Playtests in anticipation of the next evolution of the tabletop RPG will be available via D&D Beyond – and so far, the playtest content set to release has some exciting changes to aspects like character backgrounds, race stats and abilities, and achievements. A notable addition to the New Materials (also known as Arcana Unearthed) is the introduction of a new race, the Ardlings – beings of or with ancestors from the Higher Planes with celestial qualities and animal heads . Wizards of the Coast is set to release more playtesting items as they work on next-gen, with the team calling the process a “conversation” with players who will “shape the next.” generation of J&D.’
As part of A D&DWizards of the Coast also announced ambitious plans for digital play on J&D Beyond, promising “full immersion” with 3D authoring tools to virtually recreate the tabletop experience. So far, glimpses of what it might look like are promising for those who can’t make it to a physical. J&D game but still craving the miniatures experience on the tabletop terrain – and we’re sure to see more glimpses of that down the track.
Magic the Gathering: Universes Beyond
Dungeons & Dragons is not the only franchise to receive major announcements, with Magic: Universes Beyond the Gathering product lineup getting plenty of glimpses of what’s to come. Magic did not hesitate to collaborate with big names with other IPs like Fortnite, street fighterand Esoteric, so it’s no surprise that Wizards Presents brought more crossovers. Rebecca Aghakhan Shepard, director of global brand strategy and marketing at Hasbro, called the product line “our love letter to all that existing content that we enjoy”.
Previews of the already announced Warhammer 40,000 collaboration show exciting new factions. The Lord of the Rings is also entering the fray as a crossover set with the TCG, due out in the second half of 2023. So far, players have had a look at The Battle of the Pelennor Fields map art in all its glory, spanning a whopping 18 maps.
Fans can also expect to enter the TARDIS with a Doctor Who collaboration to celebrate 60 years of the series – think Secret Lair drops, Commander decks and collection boosters.
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New D&D mods
It looks like the next few years are going to be as busy as ever for Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules and additional books as well, if this showcase is any indication. Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen set for release on December 6 and delves into the world of Krynn during the War of the Lance. The team described the module as a “large-scale war with an intimate lens,” with the party battling impossible odds against powerful enemies.
Once players have explored Krynn, there are plenty more adventures and world-building to explore in 2023. Wizards of the Coast Revealed Keys to the Golden Vault, a book of short heist adventures, an extended campaign of the classic Phandelver’s Last Mine and planescapea return to a legendary setting that is sure to contain a large-scale airplane adventure. Bigby presents: the glory of the giantsa companion book focused on giants, and The book of many things, a collection of locations and creatures tied to the oft-mentioned Deck of Many Things completes the year’s release schedule.
Magic the Gathering new
Closing of the Wizards Presents showcase, Magic: The Gathering fans got a glimpse of the exciting upcoming sets of 2023 and the story of our favorite planes and planeswalkers continue to grow. Later this year, players will return to the heart of Magic’s multiverse in Dominaria United in September – the first of four Dominarian and Phyrexian conflict-focused sets. brothers warreleased in November, Phyrexia: All Will Be Oneand Machine running conclude the main story arc, with Running of the machine: the consequences troubleshoot and explore the state of the multiverse after the events of previous series.
Savages of Eldraine continues into the latter half of 2023, returning to the classic fairy tale setting last explored in 2019. Magic ends 2023 in style with Lost Caverns of Ixalan and is bound to include lots of pirates and dinosaurs (and hopefully an appearance from Huatli and his new girlfriend).
Overall, Wizards Presents has dropped many important announcements and release dates, and it looks like TTRPG and TCG gamers are set to spend the next eighteen months between these two franchises. With apparently over 50 million players each for J&D and MagicWizards of the Coast is expected to continue its exponential growth in fans and sales well beyond next year.