The Sundering is the epic name of a really cool-sounding year-long event that Wizards of the Coast is throwing for fans of Dungeons & Dragons. In a nutshell, it's a reshaping of the Forgotten Realms told via -- and this is the cool part -- a variety of media. Media, like, novels, in-store events, and yeah, even a video game. Basically, you'll be able to watch, play, and read along with the changes as they come, wherever they come from.
We're covering this specifically because it involves Dungeons & Dragons Arena of War, an Android-first game that will see a release iOS later this month. The Sundering's various changes will indeed have an effect on Arena. In fact, they'll all kinda funnel down into it, making the game reflect the state of the world as new media defines it.
Sounds crazy, right? Here's Dungeons & Dragons brand creator Nathan Stewart talking about this to IGN:
“This is super exciting for us because previously D&D changes might take a year to be implemented in new books,” Stewart said. “But we’ll be making changes in realtime to Arena of War.”
“Players will actually have a direct impact on this event that can then be reflected a little later on in the video game."
“Players that participate in our Murder at Baldur’s Gate event running in hobby shops can report their results each week using a free game. We’ll be aggregating the outcome and making narrative shifts based on majority outcome.”
If you want a crack at Arena of War, you can grab it on your Android device now. The iOS version should be out in a few weeks. Also, it's being published by DeNA.