New Harry Potter Game Reportedly Coming Next Year Despite JK Rowling Backlash

  • New Harry Potter Game Reportedly Coming Next Year Despite JK Rowling Backlash

New Harry Potter Game Reportedly Coming Next Year Despite JK Rowling Backlash

It will be an open-world, free-roaming game, and is being developed by Avalanche Software for a release on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next-gen consoles sometime in 2021. Interactive Entertainment purchased and revived in 2017 after its closure in 2016. According to Bloomberg, the Harry Potter game will allow players to explore a "vast, open-word re-creation of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas" while roleplaying as a witch or wizard.

Rumours about a big-budget Harry Potter RPG have been swirling around the internet for a long time.

Information has been thin on the ground since then, though, with lots of rumors but no further developments revealed by publisher Warner Bros. While the author's controversial comments are likely to diminish some anticipation for the title, one developer stressed that she has "very little direct involvement" on the game. This is due to J.K. Rowling's recent tweets and essay which have been widely viewed as transphobic.

In early June, CNBC reported that AT&T was interested in selling off its Warner Bros. gaming division. Interactive itself will be sold off, which could potentially have ramifications for the Harry Potter game. We'll keep you in the loop once we know more, and it sounds like we won't be waiting long for a new Batman game reveal. The plans made for the game were allegedly made before Rowling's comments have surfaced.

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It is said that the game was meant to be revealed at E3 this year, but as that was cancelled due to the Covi-19 pandemic plans were re-arranged.

When will we get to see it in an official capacity?

Now, the company plans to unveil its new Batman game at DC FanDome on August 22, followed by the Harry Potter game at a later date, one person with knowledge of the plans told the outlet.