During the heyday of Dungeons and Dragons 4e, players and GMs could go to DNDInsider.com and get access to nearly everything they needed to create characters and settings for the game. That service has basically been shuttered since the launch of D&D 5e, but this weekend at PAX East, Wizards of the Coast announced a new digital initiative – D&D Beyond.
Working with Curse, an online software developer, that will bring the Compendium, Character Builder, and more “to any device.”
“D&D Beyond speaks to the way gamers are able to blend digital tools with the fun of storytelling around the table with your friends,” said Nathan Stewart, Senior Director of Dungeons & Dragons. “These tools represent a way forward for D&D, and we’re excited to get them into the hands of players soon!”
While I like this announcement, part of me is a bit hesitant, as there have been multiple attempts in the last couple of years to bring a digital edition of 5th Edition to gamers. Since this looks and feels a bit like Wizard’s old Insider service, there’s a good chance we’ll actually see D&D Beyond arrive this summer.
The giant Red Dragon in the room that hasn’t been addressed yet is the price. The Insider had a monthly subscription rate that got you access to all the goodies, but no price has been announced for D&D Beyond as of this post.
If you want to get in on D&D Beyond, you can sign up for beta access right now.