On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 Wizards of the Coast announced that they would be releasing the Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide (SCAG). This guidebook is designed to provide players with things such as character options, expanded information on local deities, and mysterious locations to explore. In essence what we're looking at here is a new school Gazetteer similar to what they did with the Neverwinter supplement from Fourth Edition - which was a damned fine book and well worth picking up if you missed out on it because it "wasn't D&D."
The description for the SCAG reminds me of the old Volo's Guide to the Sword Coast book that came out in 1994. This will be the first fully fledged book we're going to be getting for the modern realms that will be addressing all of the changes that have been brought about by the Sundering, Rise of Tiamat, and Princes of the Apocalypse story lines so I'm interested in seeing how they will connect all of those events together and if they'll be bringing in any of the Adventurer's League events.
A lot to think about here and I'll be posting more in the coming days.