Monte Cook, lead designer for 5th edition D&D, announces he’s leaving WOTC

A huge bombshell dropped by Monte Cook on his blog.

Last week I decided that I would leave my contract position with Wizards of the Coast. I am no longer working on Dungeons & Dragons, although I may provide occasional consultation in the future. My decision is one based on differences of opinion with the company.

Check out the his full post here:

Also, the RPG Examiner has collated some responses from WOTC itself:

  • KelRiever

    Not a surprise.

  • keltheos

    missing from the headline? “…again.”

    Not a shocker.

  • Mahrdol

    I won’t be trying 5th Edition then.

  • CaffeineBoy

    5e is looking up! Don’t get me wrong — I’ve met Monte and he’s a smart, likeable, professional guy. But for my tastes he was too tied to 3rd, to the point of being actively ignorant of some of the good bits in 4th. I think (hope) the project will benefit.

  • zeno

    Good, this means I don’t have to put any hopes up for 5th edition and can continue to play D&D via Pathfinder. Not the World of Warcraft-version they call 4th…

    • blackfang

      Dude, no. 4th is NOT World of Warcraft.

      It’s Diablo.

      • papasmrf667

        haha, I concur I too will play via pathfinder, and play torchlight 2 instead of diablo

    • Ghost

      This news actually increases my interest in 5th.

  • mrbushtroll

    3rd edition was a hulk version of first…..
    and it was awesome…….and look at the spawning of pathfinder.
    wizards could of…….been the wizards

    but when corporate greed of hasbro got in the way
    wizards were made to be circus freaks….and they rolled a 1 on the 20 sided…and got 00 or 01 on the table.

    and so 5th will be a lost cause..unless they resurrect the 3rd…4th was just d&d art at its best
    which i will only download as free pdf scans to pillage for art and maps for my campaigns……it looked like a magic gathering pdf wannabe

    as a pathfinder…..maybe monte will join the paizo ranks fulltime
    funny did bill S just leave at this time last year

    harsh facts and opinions….but if ya want my dollar and faith…then show me the real adventure…….i am not idiot….that has no imagination like 4th seem to do….feeling 5th will be for mentally in adept and walking dead

    thank the creator paizo…..seen the light……and have my dollar monthly

    then again maybe monte grew up…..hope not

  • Sejanus

    So much wrong and so much expected with this announcement all at once.

    I for one never understood the need for Wizards to keep retooling and revamping D&D. The ultimate morphing of it into a paper based video game…well thats not what alot of our groups play.

    Having said that 4th has its followers.
    It is interesting though to see that 5E announces playtesting in the same breath though.

    I am happy with my 3.5 and Pathfinder. Sitting in a FLGS and hearing people coming in asking for 3.5 tells a tale. We will see if the coming log floats or sinks or just swirls round and round the bowl.

    • odinsgrandson

      I don’t understand Wizards of the Coast. All of the 5th edition buzz is about how everyone is going to play their game again, and stop playing Hackmaster/Pathfinder or some such.

      But as is, they’re just going to create a group that wants to play 4th ed instead of thie other game they replaced it with.

      Instead of releasing a new edition, Wizards should simply update their older ones. Keep D&D 4 running, but also keep printing the 3.5 books (maybe even update them).

      I mean, if there goal was to make gamers happy and sell lots of books, that’s what they’d do.

  • mweaver

    We checked out 4th edition, and didn’t care for it at all. We continued, quite happily, playing 3.5/Pathfinder. With Monte’s involvement in 5th edition, I thought maybe it might be decent; now, I am not very optimistic.