Harry Potter fans have done their waiting for a great video game, and now the time might have come at last.
Footage has made its way online of what was supposedly used as a focus group tester in America, with the 1 minute 20 seconds showing off an impressive exploration of the Wizarding World (via Press Start and RastaPasta). There have been a number of Potter games over the years, but this looks like the kind of blockbuster RPG that such a rich mythology and rabid fanbase deserves.
While rumours suggest that the game is being developed by Rocksteady, it's instead believed that Avalanche - the one that made Disney Infinity, not Just Cause - are actually working on the game, should it of course be real. The footage does look genuine enough, although there's a level of violence it's hard to imagine being in a Harry Potter game (namely, some apparent Goblin murdering).
That side, though, it's an intriguing prospect, with the description offering up a few more clues as to what fans can expect should it ever be released:
"Set in the 19th Century (1800’s) Wizarding World, this 3rd person open-world action RPG game centers around your character with unique abilities who has eared a late acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry."You are a newly arrived 5th year student to Hogwarts that demonstrates a latent gift for magic with a unique ability to track and identify remnants of a pottant ancient power. Upon arrival, strange events begin to materialize In the Forbidden Forrest and trouble begins o brew within the castle walls. Together with Professor Elezar Fig, you embark on a journey through both familiar and never before seen locations to bring to light the truth behind these mysterious occurrences."On your quest you will craft potions, master new spells, and discover fantastical beasts. You will battle Dark Wizards, Goblins, and other supernatural enemies and uncover the truth about your destiny – the Fate of the Wizarding World lies in your hands.FEATURES- Journey to Hogwarts to become one of 8 different Wizard types- Experience Hogwarts, make new friends, uncover new secrets, and change the fate of the Wizarding World- Experience a new magic system that creates countless possibilities to master magic- Freely explore the Wizarding World for the first time- Choose your house and friends at Hogwarts, and decide to pursue a path of good or evil- Create your own witch or wizard, and experience an all new story separate from the books or films"
That all sounds, well, magical, so now we just need some confirmation on the small matter of it actually happening.
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