14 March 2017
You can sign up for the D&D Beyond beta now
Wizards of the Coast has announced that it is developing an official companion app for Dungeons & Dragons’ fifth edition.
D&D Beyond is being created with the help of communications platform Curse, which is owned by the livestreaming giant Twitch, and will include a variety of digital tools to help run a campaign.
Among the utilities built into the app – which will reportedly run on any device, including smartphones, tablets and PC – will be a rules compendium, character builder and digital character sheets. It will also work offline.
According to Curse’s product lead for D&D Beyond, Adam Bradford, the service will offer both free and paid accounts, with premium content (such as class-specific items) and the ability to subscribe to manage a greater number of characters and access advanced tools, including support for fan-made custom content.
Bradford admitted that a price hasn’t been nailed down, but added that the app wouldn’t feature microtransactions.
“We aren't forcing anyone to buy the content in small chunks – it can still be bought all at once,” he wrote on Reddit. “It's all just flexibility.”
There’s no word on a release date for D&D Beyond yet, but you can sign up for the app’s beta now.