Mike Mearls has tweeted that the Basic D&D PDF to be released on Thursday, 3rd July will include the “Core Rules” in addition to the character creation material – that is, it will have Combat, Exploration, Spells and the other material you need to run the game.
Other DM-specific material you need to create adventures, in particular, monsters, will be in a later update when the Player’s Handbook is released.
All of this material makes the initial release of Basic D&D to be over 100 pages.
As noted below, the release will likely be delayed to business hours so there is someone around in case the site crashes!
In other news from Mike…
@sirgourls: There a plan for spell lists in #DnDNext to not get to be such a pain the way they used to with slews of new spells each book?
Yes, we’re looking to really dial back on new options
@Bulletpointe: Is the August update to Basic going to include Downtime?
It might – updates will continue until end of year to get a sense of what DMs need
@Garmelbon: Are Plane Shift and Teleportation Circle gone or are they just not in Basic?
Not in basic, still in game.
@mpetruzz: I just noticed that the wizard sheet doesn’t mention casting spells as rituals. Was that removed? Say it ain’t so!
Definitely in PHB. Might be covered in starter rulebook
@discerningdm: Do CRs add mathematically without resorting to xp budget? Are 2 CR 2 Ogres good for level 4 party?
Nope, you need the XP budget to get a sense. CR is a good way to limit your search for monsters, then spend XP.
@CyberDaveMil: Will the DMG still have psionic wild talent rules?
Sorry, no. We’re taking psionics carefully and slowly.
@GameCrunchEma: Will D&D 5E have templates or options to give “ranks” to monsters (minion, solo, elite)? If yes, will this be in the MM or DMG?
Minion, solo, and elite aren’t formal ranks – legendary is equivalent to solo or elite. Minions about equal CR less than 1
@Thatakinsboy: Are you guys going to be hosting the Basic download on Wizards or on the Classics website?
WotC site. I think it will go live during business hours pacific time, in case the site crashes.