Hello and welcome to Get Your Game On! My name is Maddi and you’ll never believe what I’ve been playing lately. (If you’re following along from last month, yes, I am still talking about Dicey Dungeons. It’s very good.) You know what else is pretty good, or at least… not as terrible as it has been? The bar is low, but the answer is: this week’s gaming news. Here it is.
Major Updates Are Coming to Dungeons & Dragons
Last week, Wizards of the Coast announced major updates to Dungeons & Dragons that will launch in 2024. Instead of a sixth edition, One D&D will make ongoing updates to the D&D rules—eliminating editions entirely—and expand digital compendium D&D Beyond. Wizards of the Coast also plans to release a digital toolset called D&D Digital that combines the capabilities of tools like Roll20 and HeroForge to give players an all-in-one virtual tabletop platform. D&D Digital is being developed with Unreal Engine and is currently in pre-alpha development, so there is quite a long way to go before it’s available to players, but you can check out some footage in the One D&D trailer below.
Wizards of the Coast has already announced some of the rule changes, which include updates to how Feats work and the expansion of the Tiefling class. If you simply can’t wait to try out the new changes in One D&D, you can incorporate them into your campaign with D&D‘s Playtest Packets, available through D&D Beyond.
HUGE D&D ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY
· New iteration in 2024 will be called ONE D&D and you can playtest it now
· Dungeon Master’s Guide revamp aimed at new DMs
· physical/digital bundles
· 3D virtual tabletop, customizable minis
· five additional 2023 book titles announced
— Robert G. Reeve (@RobertGReeve) August 18, 2022
Embracer Group Acquired Eight New Properties
In a huge win for the consolidation of the video game industry, Embracer Group, a Swedish video game and media holding company, has acquired eight properties last week. The most notable property is Middle-earth Enterprises, which is responsible for the intellectual property (IP) licensing rights for The Lord of the Rings franchise. Though the Tolkien Estate still owns and manages the rights to The Lord of the Rings, the acquisition does give Embracer power over future adaptations.
Some of the other properties Embracer Group acquired include Limited Run Games, Tuxedo Labs, and Tripwire Interactive. If you’re asking yourself why the name “Embracer Group” sounds so familiar, the same company acquired a bunch of IP from Square Enix earlier this year.
In other news…
Ahead of this week’s Destiny 2 showcase, Bungie released a teaser trailer to give players a sneak peek of what to expect in season 18.
Overwatch is prompting players to merge multiple accounts in preparation for the release of Overwatch 2.
Per their final wishes, indie developer Rob Hale’s games Waves and Waves 2 are now free to download on Steam. Hale, known by the developer name Squid in a Box, died of cancer earlier this month. Waves 2 was in development at the time of Hale’s passing, and will remain incomplete.
Madison Butler is Sidequest’s self-proclaimed jock editor. She co-founded the blog Critsumption and once got really into powerlifting via Fitness Boxing for the Nintendo Switch. She tweets at @_maddilo.