I suppose WotC just got too greedy.
I strongly doubt they’re planning to do anything with the license themselves.
Back when the 4th edition of the D&D RPG was the current version, something similar happened in non-US countries. Licensing fees became so high that no German publisher was interested anymore.
This paved the way for the Pathfinder RPG, which is basically a clone of D&D’s 3rd edition. It’s now completely taken over the market here.
Meanwhile the 5th edition of D&D is the most successful version of the game in all times, but it’s still completely dead in Germany (and likely just about everywhere except in the US).
Anyway, this is shocking news that completely caught me by surprise. I have only just decided to get back into the game after all!
Yesterday the rest of the Kitara cycle was delivered to me…
I’m probably still going to get ‘Reign & Reverie’, but I’m not sure about ‘Terminal Directive’.