I’m sure many of you are die-hard fans of the Harry Potter books, and if you’re like me, finishing the last page of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was an emotional, bittersweet experience. It almost felt like a chapter of my life — one that had begun when a best friend first recommended Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to me — was closing. But luckily, we still have the last two films left to go, and as far as I’m concerned, they’ve been getting better and better.
The sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is set for release on November 21, 2008. Today, EA announced the movie tie-in game of the same name, which will, of course, be out before the film. Here’s a heads-up on what to expect:
In the game of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, players will return to Hogwarts to help Harry survive a fraught sixth year. They will also have a chance to engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory. Players may even get sidetracked by Ron's romantic entanglements as they journey towards a dramatic climax and discover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.
Oooh, boy...I can’t wait to hear about “Ron’s romantic entanglements”! I’m sure there are plenty of crazy stories. Anyway, the game will be jointly produced by EA Casual Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and the press release (after the jump) accordingly focuses on how the game will control on the Wii. Of course, the screenshot above is from either the 360 or PS3 version, but it’ll be interesting to see what the developers, EA Bright Light, can do to truly make the game “a milestone in the movie tie-in genre.”
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (the game) will be out shortly before November 21, 2008, for all the platforms you can imagine: PS3, 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS, PC, Mac, and “mobile devices”. For a good laugh, check out the hilariously bad plot summary in the press release, including spelling/grammar errors.