I don't think I ever mentioned this before but...I have a gift.
Not like a new pair of wool socks or a toaster oven. When I say a gift I mean 'The Gift'.
You see, I am Psychic (with a capital 'P'). I knew, about a week after purchasing 4th Edition Dungeons and Dragons, that there would be a 5th Edition. Seriously. I am amazing like that.
Barely four years have gone by and we are already seeing the announcement I predicted. Do my powers know no end?!
OK, kidding aside, there will be tons of speculation, commentary and the like about this new edition just as there was for the previous one(s). WotC has made an excellent and well handled PR move by asking fans what they want to see. This is doubly brilliant as it makes it seem like they are listening while simultaneously getting their market research done. But who are they expecting to hear from?
Any fan of 4th Edition (are there any real fans of 4th? I'm sure there are somewhere...) is going to want more of what they have.
Anyone who hated 4th and went over to the OSR is going to ask that things return to the old days.
They certainly aren't going to back track and go 3rd Edition or 3.X or whatever.
So...what could the end result possibly be?
Don't know. Don't care. Not really interested.
I am going to predict that the end result will be better than 4th but no where near as popular as D&D in its heyday. I also predict that this will upset Hasbro, who will wonder why they are not getting the 10-35 year old video gamer or MMO player, thus prompting either unnecessary added rules or a 6th Edition (or both).
This would be a great time to play something else.
I predict most won't.