The Player's Handbook will have a limited release at GenCon 2014 with a wider release on August 19, 2014. The Monster Manual will be released on September 30, 2014. The Dungeon Master's Guide will be released on November 18, 2014. Each book has a suggest retail price $49.99. None are currently available for pre-order.
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"Wolfgang Baur was at the top of our list for a reason,” said Mike Mearls, Senior Manager at Wizards of the Coast. “Between his work on Dungeon magazine in the 1990s and at Kobold Press today, he’s shown a keen eye for adventure design that few can match. What I love about Hoard of the Dragon Queen and The Rise of Tiamat is how Wolfgang and Steve Winter have approached the traditional adventure format. While the episodic structure makes it easy for DMs to trace the campaign’s humble beginnings to its epic conclusion, within those episodes is a level of flexibility and freedom for DMs and players that places this among the great D&D campaigns.” (Kobold Press Designed Tyranny of Dragons Adventures for the New Edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Tabletop Roleplaying Game)Mike's comments just underline my excitement for having these two designing these adventures. Both adventures will run 96 pages in length and cost $29.95. Neither are available for pre-order as of this writing.
CNN wrote a retrospective on the history of the game and it's future titled 40 years later, Dungeons and Dragons still inspiring gamers. The article takes some time to talk about the "Demonic" claims of yesterday and then focuses on it's influence on video games before briefly dealing with the new rule set.
io9 writes up a fairly good overview of the news today in their article Everything You Need to Know about the Dungeons and Dragons Relaunch. The big thing to take out of this article is their recognition of the value in Wizards outsourcing some of their efforts to WizKids and Kobold Press and that they'll be conducting an interview later this week with Kobold Press.