Finally. The “Harry Potter” video game experience that we’ve all been waiting for has finally been announced.
(We did our waiting! Twelve years of it! In Azkaban!)
What’s the one experience that every “Harry Potter” fan dreams of enjoying? A trip to Hogwarts, of course – the opportunity to wander the halls of the fabled school of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learning spells, uncovering hidden secrets, and getting into mischief.
For some strange reason, we’ve never really had a particularly immersive “Harry Potter” video game. While there are fans of the old movie tie-in titles (the “Sorceror’s Stone” game on the original Playstation was incredible in its own way), it says something when the most complete gaming experience set in Hogwarts is a Lego video game.
Now, LA-based developer Jam City is making “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery”, a mobile roleplaying game, and this is perhaps the best news ever.
According to Pottermore (itself probably the closest thing we’ve ever got to a roleplaying game set at Hogwarts up to this point), this new game is going to deliver the full Wizarding World experience:
“Once you’ve settled into the school, your character can move through the years while doing all the same things Hogwarts students do: taking part in Duelling Club, for example, or going to classes such as Potions and Defence Against the Dark Arts. There’ll be faces you recognise, too, with many subjects taught by Professors you may already know and love (or know and dislike, depending on who they are…).”
This sounds perfect.
After all, as much fun as the upcoming AR game from the creators of “Pokémon GO” might be, nobody wants to wander around the real world to experience Hogwarts. If this game is to truly enter our lives, we need to be able to play while at home, or at school or work, simply whipping out our phones for a few minutes of wizarding fun.
While Pottermore will still likely remain the de facto official source of a lot of “Harry Potter” wisdom, this new game will, with any luck, provide the kind of immersive experience we’ve all been waiting for.
Here’s hoping the Sorting Hat process is fair, so that nobody gets stuck in a house that they don’t belong to (no matter how much we might wish we could be Hufflepuffs), and that there’ll be some element of Player V Player so we can form rivalries with our friends as we fight to win the House Cup.
The only real downside is that this isn’t a console or PC game – hopefully at some point in the future we can get a mini sandbox title that’s filled with sidequests and story missions to allow us to play out our fantasies in glorious photorealistic HD.
In the meantime, while we sadly can’t actually enter Diagon Alley or board the Hogwarts Express any time soon, this game will at the very least help to scratch an itch that’s been bothering us for a long time.