Based on the reveal trailer, Hogwarts Mystery looks like it touches on numerous elements that make the school experience in the Harry Potter stories so exciting: Classes with teachers you know, clique-y groups of friends and enemies, an ever-growing array of magical abilities, and even wizard duels. "We can't wait to give fans a first look at the game at A Celebration of Harry Potter, and this spring players will be able to explore Hogwarts fully in their journey toward becoming a witch or wizard".
That is, of course, in addition to the inevitable ramping up of reveals as the game gets closer to release.
It's a similar story with Niantic's AR-focused Harry Potter game, which is also due out in 2018. Interactive Entertainment's Portkey Games, a label dedicated to creating gaming experiences inspired by the magic and adventures of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.
There won't be any risk of crossing over with any of Harry's adventures in this game - it's set between Harry's birth and first year at Hogwarts, so players are much more likely to bump into Nymphadora Tonks or Bill Weasley. You can even choose your own pet.
Developers Jam City has confirmed that you'll be in the shoes of a new witch or wizard starting at Hogwarts - you'll progress through the years like Harry and the team, taking part in magical lessons including Defence against the Dark Arts and Potions with iconic Hogwarts teachers at the helm.
Playing the game, it'll be possible to go on quests, improve skills, unlock new locations and upgrade your avatar. The all-new encounter system will play an integral part in this, as decisions made will impact not only the quests but how other characters regard and interact with you. Pre-register for it now at the official website. It seems that Portkey Games is on a roll with its Harry Potter titles, and we're very interested to see what kind of title is released next - we wouldn't object to seeing an open RPG of this ilk released on the latest consoles, that's for sure.
You can check out its latest trailer below.
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