“We recognize the important role third party publishing support plays in the success of the 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons. We have listened to the community and our valued colleagues and have taken their concerns and recommendations to heart. Our commitment to the health of the industry and hobby gaming lifestyle is reflected in the revisions to the Game System License.”
–Linae Foster D&D Licensing Manager
Of course, on ENWorld, she also said that they wanted it out before GenCon, but when she realized that “wasn’t going to happen”, she pushed for the announcement.
Is it sad that at this point, I half-suspect that this announcement is nothing more than an attempt to deflect criticism at GenCon?