Don’t get too excited. None of this is coming to DDO.
Once again, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) is bringing out a coordinated set of content across all of it’s properties. Once again, they are listing and promoting all of the ways that one can play that new content. Once again DDO is left off of the list.
Last year it was the Temple of Elemental Evil. WotC released content packs for tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, miniatures, and new board game in the D&D Adventure System. They also featured the game Neverwinter for those who play D&D on computer. Nary a peep about DDO, even though one entire DDO update was in fact the “Temple of Elemental Evil”.
This year the fall campaign is all about the “Rage of Demons”. There will be a new adventure. New miniatures. A new book by R. A. Salvatore. And of course, computer games:
Dungeons & Dragons fans will have more options than ever to enjoy the Rage of Demons storyline. The themes of treachery and discord in the Underdark are in Sword Coast Legends, the new CRPG (computer role-playing game) coming this fall on PC from n-Space and Digital Extremes. The epic campaign that drives Sword Coast Legends’ story forces players deep into the Underdark and continues well after launch with legendary adventurer Drizzt Do’Urden.
For fans of Neverwinter, the popular Dungeons & Dragons-based MMORPG will bring a new expansion – tentatively titled Neverwinter: Underdark – in 2015. The update will see adventurers travel with Drizzt to the drow city of Menzoberranzan during its demonic assault as well as experience a unique set of quests written by the creator of Drizzt, R.A. Salvatore. The expansion will initially be released on PC and will come out on the Xbox One at a later date.
Note the absence of DDO; not even a passing mention.
Maybe it is because DDO won’t have any Rage of Demons content? I can see a couple of scenarios, one where WotC didn’t even bother to instruct Turbine to create related content, and another where Turbine notes that they were left out of promotions last year anyway and choose to avoid the hassle of trying to comply. Except now that I’ve written them, only the first scenario makes any real sense. Regardless, last year Turbine complied like crazy and got nothing. So what’s the point?
This is not actually news, as the press release came out in May. But the campaign debuts this fall, and WotC has been on a twitter rampage, releasing new demons every couple of days.
— Dungeons & Dragons (@Wizards_DnD) September 21, 2015
I understand we are not shiny and new like Sword Coast Legends. And apparently, we don’t have the population of Neverwinter. But we are a Dungeons & Dragons game and we are playing our asses off. that should count, shouldn’t it?
“Rage of Demons is a huge storyline involving all expressions of Dungeons & Dragons, and we’re excited to bring players this story in concert with all of our partners,” said Nathan Stewart, Brand Director at Wizards of the Coast. “I can’t wait to see everyone interact with one of the world’s most recognizable fantasy characters: Drizzt Do’Urden. Descending into the depths won’t exactly be easy for him, and D&D fans will get their mettle tested just like Drizzt when they come face-to-face with all the demon lords.”
Except no, you are not working in concert with all your partners. And whatever else DDO may be, it is certainly an “expression of Dungeons & Dragons”. But an ignored expression. Are we the red-headed stepchild that gets locked up in the attic when company comes to visit?
Last year I twitter-confronted WotC about the lack of DDO and got a reply that was mealy-mouthed weaselspeak. This year I’m not even going to bother. I am trying to choose between “too depressed to bother” and “too annoyed to care”. Having a tough time making the call.
What do you think? Am I overreacting?
🙂 😀 🙂