Now that it is official. I would like to start a thread to deal with, NOT 5th edition, but the END of 4th and also the question of will 4th be playable after 5th comes out. In other words without all of the online tools that are currently part of DDI, will 4th be viable? I think it will be, but it will be a lot more work. Without the character builder making a character will be very hard. Without the DM tools and the compendium, it will also be hard to DM. I think this was in a sense part if the WOTC plan from the beginning.
I also wonder what the next months will be like, with what will clearly be a weakened product line and less support for 4th.
Also, to all o f the people who flamed me and those like me because we kept saying that this was coming. I just want to say that I feel a bit vindicated now. I wonder how all of you feel.
I DO NOT see this as a betrayal, (and I do think that 5th is going to be very different than 4th). I will keep an open mind, but I suspect that I personally will NOT be playing 4th edition (never mind 5th). I will probably move on to other products. That is my ending for 4th edition -- of course my kids might force me to keep running it for them. They love it. That's going to be a lot of work once DDI is gone...
So what about the rest of you, how does the announcement effect your attitude towards 4th? Do you think you will keep playing? Maybe this is the time for people to start making up their own home brew stuff, or maybe it is just time to move on.