The new Harry Potter game – Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery – will launch in the spring.
A brand new mobile game set in the Harry Potter universe has its first teaser trailer.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery sees players create their own character and experience life as a student at Hogwarts, with mini games and challenges revolving around attending classes and forming friendships and rivalries.
The role-playing game (RPG) will span the players years at the school.
Harry Potter game trailer
The new Harry Potter game is being made by developer Jam City, alongside Portkey Games, the newly-formed arm of Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment that creates titles set in JK Rowling’s Wizarding World.
The developers confirmed it will launch in the spring on iOS, Android and Amazon.
Harry Potter game preview
A special preview of the game will be given to fans at the A Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida at the end of the month.
Jam City chief executive Chris DeWolfe said: “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a role playing experience about magic, friendship, and life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
“We can’t wait to give fans a first look at the game at A Celebration of Harry Potter, and this spring players will be able to explore Hogwarts fully in their journey toward becoming a witch or wizard.”
Yet another Harry potter game
2018 is shaping up to be a good year for Potter fans, with an augmented reality (AR) mobile game currently being developed by Niantic Labs, the company behind Pokemon Go – which took the world by storm in 2016.
Called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, that game will also be worked on by Portkey Games.
Like the incredibly successful Pokemon Go, which launched last year, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use AR to fuse the fictional world of the game with real-world locations.
In a statement, developers Niantic said: “With Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players that have been dreaming of becoming real life wizards will finally get the chance to experience JK Rowling’s Wizarding World.
“Players will learn spells, explore their real world neighbourhoods and cities to discover and fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.”
Building on the success of Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go took the world by storm when it was released in 2016.
Through its use of augmented reality and location software, it allowed players to hunt for and catch Pokemon monsters in the world around them.
While it’s not clear what exactly Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will involve, there are several elements of the story which cross over with Pokemon Go.
The Potter world contains many Fantastic Beasts of its own, so catching them could well be an element of the gameplay. A story on Rowling’s Pottermore website says the game will involve “searching for magical creatures”.
And students at Hogwarts are split into four houses, just as Pokemon Go trainers are divided between three teams.
Warner Brothers has established a new publishing arm, Portkey Games, for the release, and will also drop new console games set within the Potter world.
Warner president David Haddad said: “With Portkey Games, we are thrilled to answer the fans’ requests for more games inspired by JK Rowling’s Wizarding World.
“We are working with talented creators to build games that focus on player-generated stories, which will live alongside the magical universe created by JK Rowling.”
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