There's the good news and the bad news. Well, except that it isn't really major bad news but it definitely isn't good news. So let's get that out of the way first.
If you remembered when Wizards started charging for DDI subscriptions, they had lowered the actual rate because they barely had the bare bone features. Well, since then they have already delivered the Character Builder and greatly improved the Compendium, along with online issues of Dungeon and Dragon and some other bonus tools
So in order to 'reflect the increasing value and new content', Wizards have raised their subscription rates. The new subscription rates are;
- U$9.95 for 1 month (formerly at U$7.95)
- U$23.85 for 3 months (formerly at U$19.95)
- U$71.40 for 12 months (formerly at U$59.40)
However this doesn't take effect right away and in fact will only start from July 2. So in case you subscribe before July 2, you still pay at the introductory rate (the ones listed in parentheses).
Now for the good news or if you can't make up your mind to subscribe, perhaps this will entice you further. Starting on July 7, subscribers will be getting their hands on playable and final sections from the Player's Handbook 3.
This is not a playtest version. This is the actual completed version of rules that will be printed. This means that subscribers will be able to play with 102 pages worth of Player's Handbook 3 material 9 months ahead of its release date!
What better incentive is there to be a subscriber now? Get your subscriptions before July 1 at 12 midnight EDT before the new rates kick in.