The Basic version of the next edition of D&D, which we’ll call 5e whether Wizards does or not, will be a free PDF.
This isn’t big news to those of us who know there are lots of really good free RPGs out there—including clones of older editions of D&D.
But, the D&D brand is the most likely first encounter that potential new players will have with the hobby. Will this be a good introduction to the hobby for them? Let’s hope so.