A new Unreal Engine 5-powered digital D&D tabletop experience is in the works

A new Unreal Engine 5-powered digital D&D tabletop experience is in the works ...

Wizards of the Coast unveiled an early-in-development virtual tabletop known as D&D Digital as part of their Wizards Presents stream.

D&D Digital's tabletop experience is wonderfully mirroring the experience using Unreal Engine 5 to make it "pop." Users will be able to create 3D environments filled with their favorite miniatures that can be moved around as they would like in the physical versions. Characters will also be customizable with shiftable capabilities.

Wizards has announced that it will be releasing pre-built environments and campaigns as playsets. Players will then be able to use these assets for their own creations. D&D Digital will also integrate existing D&D Beyond digital tools and the future ruleset.

The video gives a few glimpses of what's in store: virtual dice rolling, character health bars, and, perhaps, one of the most intriguing elements: taking measurements when moving characters, a technique that can lead to many disagreements.

A significant part of the attention is placed on a camera technique called tilt-shift. This gives users the impression that they are playing on a virtual tabletop with miniatures rather than an actual video game, like Planescape: Torment.

The Wizards' virtual tabletop experience might be a while until the next major rule change, which will be implemented in 2024. It'll certainly be interesting to see how this official version differs from other third-party alternatives such as the excellent Roll20.

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