Big news dropped on day 3 of D&D's celebration! WOTC just teased a 'New Evolution' coming about in 2024, marking the 50th anniversary of Dungeons and Dragons. Ray Winninger explains that this is why we (Players) were receiving surveys about the various books over the last year. He also speaks that the books will be backward compatible with 5e books and realms already released.
Check out the full video here: https://youtu.be/sxb8xiDU5Kw?t=29437
Unfortunately, Ray did not dive deep into anything specifically outside of a general teaser. So we are left to speculation and a promise that more will be coming about the changes in 2022. So while we are not positive it is a 5.5e, the language sounds geared toward a 5.5e rather than a 6e. What we do know is that 5e will have had a ten-year run from its debut in the 2nd half of 2014 (official release after playtesting).
My hopes for the New Evolution concerning the content they contain? There are better guidelines on siege warfare, more unique choices on subclasses (options that matter up to level 20), and hopefully some new and revamped actions for monsters.
Additionally, with so many studios and fans creating content for 5e, it would be great to continue to see some additional incorporations from contributors outside the central WOTC staff as they have been doing in the past.
That is it for me on this quick update - but We would love to hear what you think about the announcement. What are you hoping for the most out of an updated ruleset?