I manage a bookstore. I know things are tough in publishing and I am sure Wizards is under tremendous pressure from corporate to strengthen the hits and limit the duds. The Realms have been sliding in the wrong direction for a while now. So a reboot may save the franchise is what these folks may be thinking. Or. Instead of rebooting the franchise, perhaps they alienate all the long time fans (who continue reading even though most books have gotten really really bad) while at the same time not drawing in any new readership. My opinion? Don’t fix it if it is not broken. They needed better and more talented authors rather than a whole new direction. The world is there for the taking. It just hasn’t been brought to life very well in recent years, IMO.
So I am heading off in other directions for my reading pursuits and discovering non-realms fantasy authors I am LONG over due on reading. Currently delving into the Second Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by Stephen R Donaldson. Damn! How did Donaldson slip past me without me knowing? Maybe even better than Tolkien. Jury is still out.