It's Official: The Next D&D Campaign Setting is Coming From Critical Role

If you guessed Dark Sun or Planescape you were way off! D&D's next hard cover release will delve into the Critical Role web series universe.

Ever since Wizards of the Coast drastically cut back the physical release schedule of 5th Edition D&D, players have been wondering what campaign setting book would be next. If you were expecting a return of famous settings like Dark Sun and Planescape, you're in for a surprise. It turns out that the next official Dungeons & Dragons setting is the homebrew campaign from the Critical Role web series!

An early Amazon pre-order listing page let the cat out of the bag before official confirmation arrived from Wizards Of The Coast today.

Explorer's Guide to Wildemount will arrive March 17 and follows other unexpected forays from D&D lately, like a Magic: The Gathering crossover with the Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica hardcover release.

Here's what Wizards Of The Coast had to say about the upcoming expedition into Wildemount:

A war brews on a continent that has withstood more than its fair share of conflict. The Dwendalian Empire and the Kryn Dynasty are carving up the lands around them, and only the greatest heroes would dare stand between them.

Somewhere in the far corners of this war-torn landscape are secrets that could end this conflict and usher in a new age of peace —or burn the world to a cinder.

The campaign book will include subclasses like the Echo Knight option for the Fighter class, as well as new spells, magic items, and monsters set in Critical Role's second main campaign. 

The tabletop role-playing phenomena is about to see a resurgence on the digital front as well, with the long-awaited Baldur's Gate 3 and the hack 'n slash Dark Alliance coming soon. 

Are you planning on picking up the Explorer's Guide to Wildemount, and was this the D&D 5th Edition campaign setting you were hoping would arrive next? Sound off in the comments below!

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Published Jan. 13th 2020

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