Hasbro announced today that it will acquire D&D Beyond the Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition Digital Toolset and Library.
The announcement was made through Hasbro’s Investor News Feed, followed by a post on the official Dungeons & Dragons website.
— Dungeons & Dragons (@Wizards_DnD) April 13, 2022
“Dungeons & Dragons and D&D Beyond have always felt like part of the same family,” reads the D&D announcement. “That’s why we’re thrilled to welcome everyone at D&D Beyond to officially join us at Wizards of the Coast, bringing together two teams dedicated to continuing to make Dungeons & Dragons easy to play and accessible to everyone!”
More importantly, it looks like current D&D Beyond members don’t have to worry about losing access to their catalog of campaigns, created characters, or purchased books.
“You’re probably wondering what kind of change could happen as a result of these two teams coming together,” Wizards wrote, “so let’s be clear: we have no intention of stopping supporting D&D Beyond. The purchases you’ve made, the characters you’ve created, and the campaigns you’ve run aren’t going anywhere.”
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Calling it a “strategic acquisition”, Hasbro appears to view the purchase – which will cost the toy giant the “intangible” sum of $146.3 million – as an obvious step, citing D&D Beyond as a “significant contribution” to the stream. D&D’s fastest-growing revenue stream. “The acquisition of D&D Beyond will accelerate our progress both in-game and directly to consumer,” said Hasbro CEO Chris Cocks, “two priority growth areas for Hasbro, providing immediate access to a loyal and growing players.”
Since its launch in 2017 as an officially licensed online compendium for the free version of the D&D ruleset (with digital editions of the published source books available for purchase), D&D Beyond has quickly grown in popularity with its additional tools. for dungeon masters and players. This is a digital character sheet taken from official content and test material, as well as a large variety of community-shared homebrew content – and has since added other tools such as digital dice that do the math for you, meet builders and battle tracker. With the onset of the global pandemic in 2020, the service saw a massive increase in active users as gamers began moving their weekly D&D games online.
It’s unknown if players who purchase physical copies of new fifth edition D&D books will be able to receive free or discounted digital copies, which has long been a topic of discussion within the digital D&D community. However, Hasbro’s announcement claims that the team aims to follow “a unified, player-centric vision” of Dungeons & Dragons going forward.
“The D&D Beyond team has built an incredible digital platform,” said Cynthia Williams, President of WotC and Hasbro’s Digital Gaming Division, “and together we will deliver the best Dungeons & Dragons experience possible to gamers around the world. .”
The transaction is still not final, although it has been approved by the Boards of Hasbro and Fandom and is expected to close in the second or third quarter of 2022. Follow here for more updates on D&D Digital, plus all the upcoming book releases and everything we know about the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons release.
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