The next edition of Dungeons & Dragons will debut in 2024, and publisher Wizards of the Coast has finally revealed how it will debut: with Vecna, the undead villain who’s been the centerpiece of many a classic adventure. The developers also revealed during Tuesday’s D&D Direct livestream that the world of Sigil — the centerpiece of the beloved Planescape setting — will play a major role. In addition, the publisher firmed up its timeline for 2023, giving release windows for four major pieces of tabletop content.
Vecna is a Lich, a powerful undead demon born of a corrupt sorcerer. He was introduced to D&D in 1976 with the publication of dungeon and Dragons Supplement III: Eldritch Wizardry, written by Gary Gygax and Brian Bloom. fans of stranger things Will be familiar with the name, which was borrowed for the season 4 villain of the Netflix show.
During the livestream, the developers indicated that the new Planescape: Adventures in the Multiverse (now confirmed for release in the fourth quarter of 2023) will set the stage for the return of Vecna. Sigil – the “City of Doors” that connects D&D’s multiverse – will give the setting more “interconnectivity” than ever before.
The Raid Wizards of Thay were also mentioned during the livestream, who play a major role in the upcoming film. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, Joining them will be the League of Malevolence, which returned to the D&D canon with the first release the wild beyond the witchlight in 2021, and Venger, the antagonist of the 1980s D&D cartoons.
Additional release windows on the roadmap include Bigby Presents: Glory of the Giantsa supplement coming in the third quarter of 2023; Phandelver and below: The Shattered Obelisk, a campaign-length expansion of the short adventure included in the original 5th edition starter set, also falling in the same time period; And deck of many thingsThe quest for one of D&D’s most coveted magical items pegged for the fourth quarter of 2023.