A new Harry Potter game is coming out next year, we learned today, but that is really about all we know about the game.
Whip out your virtual wands: Another Harry Potter game is coming in 2018.
J.K. Rowling’s multibillion-dollar wizarding franchise will get a new mobile game, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery,” set to be released next spring. It’s billed as the first game in which players can create their own characters — and experience life as a Hogwarts student.
The game is being developed by L..A.-based mobile games studio Jam City in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under a licensing deal.
The game will launch under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a new label dedicated to J.K. Rowling’s creations. Portkey also is home to the forthcoming “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” an augmented-reality game being developed by Niantic Labs (the company behind “Pokemon Go”).
In “Hogwarts Mystery,” players progress through their years at Hogwarts, participating in the magical classes and activities Potterheads have come to love, including Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, and Duelling Club. According to WB and Jam City, most of the iconic professors from Hogwarts will appear in the game.
I am always for a new game, even the ones I have no interest in playing. But what caught my eye about today's announcement was that almost no specific details have been released.
We know that it is a mobile game, and from the description we can guess that it shares many themes with the school aspects of Pottermore, but that is really all we know at this time.
For starters, what is the mystery mentioned in the title?
And in terms of gameplay, is this a first-person game? turn-based? augmented reality? real time? text-based?
Will there be missions?
I don't know, and much to my surprise none of these questions have been answered in the dozen or so stories I read about the game. Everyone pretty much just recycled the original announcement without realizing that it didn't tell us anything.
I have asked Jam City for more information, and I will update this post with their response.