Niantic’s much-anticipated Harry Potter follow-up to Pokémon GO is coming subsequent yr, however Harry Potter followers who need their first style of Hogwarts on cellular don’t have to attend, as a result of Harry Potter is coming to the Los Angeles-based cellular gaming studio, Jam City.
By way of a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Jam Metropolis has gotten a license to develop a brand new cellular recreation, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, that lets gamers create their very own character and enroll in Hogwarts.
The brand new recreation won’t solely let gamers enroll in Hogwarts, however they’ll get to coach their characters in all the magical courses and extracurricular actions the college has to supply. Need to change into an Auror? Take Defence In opposition to the Darkish Arts. Anxious about dueling abilities? There’s a Dueling Membership function that can let players take a look at their mettle in opposition to one another. And for followers of Slytherin’s favourite professor, potions courses are additionally on the curriculum.
Jam Metropolis mentioned that many of the iconic professors from the Harry Potter tales reprise their roles within the recreation — together with Professor Dumbledore.
The businesses have been fairly quiet in regards to the particulars of the sport, which we hear shall be set in a time that pre-dates the occasions of the a lot beloved sequence of Harry Potter books penned by J.Okay. Rowling.
Launching beneath Warner Bros. Interactive Leisure’s Portkey Games, a label devoted to creating gaming experiences impressed by the wizarding world of Harry Potter, gamers will get to expertise the ins and outs of life as a Hogwarts pupil.
(I can not even start to inform you how excited I’m for this factor. I’ve by no means downloaded a recreation on my telephone in my life and I can’t wait to make this the primary app on my residence display.)
“What an honor it’s for Jam Metropolis to develop a cellular recreation for one of many largest and most iconic manufacturers in historical past,” mentioned Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam Metropolis, in a press release. “As Harry Potter fanatics ourselves, we’ve got nice respect for the hundreds of thousands of individuals all through the world who’ve adopted the Harry Potter tales for greater than 20 years. This recreation is a labor of affection for our builders and artists, who’re devoted to creating probably the most magical leisure and recreation play expertise for everybody who adores J.Okay. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”
The sport was really the results of a number of rounds of focus group testing and a ton of enter from staff at Jam Metropolis, which counts a lot of hardcore Harry Potter heads amongst its employees. The workforce got here up with the thought internally and pitched it to Warner Bros.
For anybody nervous about whether or not the writers would mess with their beloved universe, the challenge was penned by two succesful writers who had been vetted and authorized by J.Okay. Rowling’s workforce at The Blair Partnership.
Each Matthew London, who wrote a sequence of science fiction novels referred to as “The eighth Continent” in addition to tie-in books for a lot of iconic sequence, and Allen Warner, who’s the director of Narrative at Jam Metropolis and beforehand labored for DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation, have the chops to develop a compelling narrative.
“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Thriller is a cellular gaming expertise impressed by J.Okay. Rowling’s spell-binding lore, and it is going to be an thrilling, enjoyable manner for followers to expertise the Wizarding World,” mentioned David Haddad, president, Warner Bros. Interactive Leisure in a press release. “It’s nice to work with Jam Metropolis on the sport, as the corporate has a confirmed monitor file of bringing wealthy, beloved worlds to gamers of cellular leisure.”
The sport’s not out there til subsequent yr, however shall be distributed by way of iTunes, Google Play and the Amazon App retailer.
The truth that Jam Metropolis was capable of land this deal is a big win as the corporate preps for a possible preliminary public providing within the subsequent few years. Harry Potter stays one of many largest franchises of the twenty-first century, with the sequence of books promoting 450 million copies worldwide and the movies grossing $7.7 billion at international field places of work.
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