What to expect from a Harry Potter Role Playing Game?
Some footage related to a Harry Potter RPG supposedly in development at Warner Brother Games was leaked online about a year ago. Which broke the internet for a limited yet interesting amount of time and also led to widespread excitement among diehard fans of the franchise and also throughout the entire video gaming industry. Warner Brothers immediately removed all traces of the related footage because of copyright issues and it turned out that It naturally led to even more excitement as well as more speculation about this game the company is developing so mysteriously. However even though the biggest gaming events like E3 and Gamescom 2019 have passed through the year, still there has been no additional information or announcement officially made till date.
Harry Potter is a beloved franchise and is adored among billions of people around the world and the idea of a proper open-world RPG set throughout the mysterious and adventure-filled corridors of Hogwarts is far more than just perfect and seems a dream comes true for fans who have been craving for something like this for decades.
Still for now there is no way for us to confirm whether this RPG set in the wizard world created by J.K Rowling is real or not, or whether it was in development before being scrapped off entirely, or still there is a chance for an official announcement any time soon. Since 2019 have nearly passed and there has been a lot of buzz going about the gaming year of 2020 since its rumored to be a revolutionary era for gaming industry, there is a slight chance of this game making an appearance next year. Although the leak did give some quite a lot of information about the game which is even more interesting than the leak itself. We have collected every information related to this leak we can so far about this game, so let’s get right into everything we know so far.
The Game Main Title
The real and original footage of this leaked Harry Potter RPG was posted on the very first date of October in 2018, by a user “RastaPasta” which was an account made in order to upload the leak video on YouTube which was later on shared to Reddit by a user called “VapeThisBro” who also claimed to have recorded the gameplay on his own phone at a Mall and also claimed that an unnamed company had been conducting surveys at the Mall for an unannounced game and was appeared to being used the general public as testers. Since the news spread at a tremendous speed, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment was even quicker to remove and block all footage that was uploaded based on their copyright, still there was no official statement made by them.
The footage was very interesting as it appeared to showcase some elements that are quite familiar in the Role-Playing genre in video games industries alongside unspecified fantastic beasts from the very franchise, very familiar and eye-catching environments like the Great Hall in Hogwarts, some dungeon area similar to potion classes areas and also a variety of known spells such as “Lumos”, ”Reparo” etc. And later on following the events of this leak a BBC Journalist named Lizo Mzimba tweeted with saying that he had been told from various sources that the game was in fact, real and it was currently using the title “Hogwarts: Magic Awakened” as a codename, which increased the excitement for the long loving fans of the franchise even more.
As events like E3 and Gamescom appeared, the game was heavily rumored and anticipated at that time. Still there was not even a single official announcement made by the developers. Following the leaked footage, fans speculated the project may be in development by British studio Rocksteady Games – who are also owned by Warner Bros. However, a source in Rocksteady confirmed to Eurogamer that this is not the case.
Harry Potter RPG Setting and Gameplay:
Following the leaked footage, the same user VapeThisBro also shared a description of the heavily adored leak of the Harry Potter RPG which offered subtle insights and expectations from the game’s setting, storyline and plot.
“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 (sic) 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 (sic) ancient power.
Upon arrival, strange events begin to materialize In the Forbidden Forest and trouble begins o (sic) brew within the castle walls. Together with Professor Elazar 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 fantastic 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.”
Harry Potter RPG Game Mechanics:
As of an RPG rumored game, it seems that players would take control of their own created character who is visiting Hogwarts in their fifth year. As the leak pointed that the game would be an Open World Role Playing Game played from a third-person perspective and the setting is without any doubt seeming as the famous wizarding school somewhere during the early 19h Century, which is very interesting since there will be new characters and mysteries alongside plots to immersive ourselves within/ The game has also said to feature some famous key locations such as the Forbidden Forest and Hogmeade with also speculations of meeting some familiar faces in their early times, imagine how cool would it be to meet Albus Dumbledore or Professor Felix in their early 20s.
In the Harry Potter universe, players would have a variety of things to do throughout their school year and the entire game such as crafting potions, learning new spells, discovering fantastic beasts, researching, engaging in duels, participating in contests and fighting Dark wizards alongside a brand new character to us named Profesoor Elezar Fig, as from his name who know he may be a Herblogoy teacher such as our beloved Professor Sprout.
Now taking place during the early 19th Century leaves a lot of room open and great amount of creativity to apply on the game for Warner Bros. And the secret unnamed developers they are working alongside with. As of much of the Wizarding World seen in Harry Potter and even Fantastic Beasts has already been established and yet is so unknown to the franchise lovers. As we can say Hogwarts was founded near 900 prior to the speculated setting, the Ministry of Magic has been operating for a Century and the Wizarding World had been hiding just as long as it came into existence. Even the Dark Wizards like Tom Riddle also known as Voldemort or Grindelwald would not have even arrived yet, while still people like Albus Dumbledore may be around, yet there is likely any chance of the Tri-Wizard Cup being active at that time. Still Quidditch, Azkaban, Platform 9¾ and many secret places of Hogwarts like the Chamber of Secrets or the Room of Requirement most definitely are.
Harry Potter RPG Gameplay Features:
The gameplay features are much more impressive than they seem at first thoughts featuring everything from the creation of your own character to Role Playing Classes and an honor system which would allow players to choose between before becoming either a good wizard or an evil one.
Your Journey to Hogwarts will ultimately end in your character becoming one of eight different Wizard types. Throughout your time in Hogwarts you can explore it as much as you want since Hogwarts is full of mysteries, you can make new friends and possibly engage within long term relationships alongside uncovering new secrets that may or may not have an impacting change on the fate of the Wizarding World. The game obviously lets you explore a much better and new magic system that create infinite possibilities to master your abilities while freely exploring the Wizarding World without any scripted restrictions for the first time. You can also choose your houses and friends that you make at Hogwarts through your magical year of Wizardry and Witchcraft and can also decide a path of good or evil for your own created Witch or Wizard while experiencing a brand-new story that separates from the books or films
Still, based on how little is known about the game so far it is highly plausible that the leak was fabricated. Still there is a very high possibility of it being real too. This game is without any doubts one of the most anticipated games to ever make an appearance in the video gaming industry and was one of the most anticipated one specially during this year. Reddit user VapeThisBro claimed to have recorded the footage at a Mall where an unnamed company was doing surveys for an unannounced game and stated that they “forgot” to have him sign an NDA stating, “BUT while they had everyone else sign NDAs, I guess I left before they remembered I needed to sign one too,” which seems incredibly sloppy and highly unlikely based on the property alone.
So, let’s hope that Warner Bros Make an official announcement very soon. Hopefully next year’s E3 would be a great place to do that. Above all, Warner Bros has managed to find sustainable success and growth recently in the video games industry within this exact franchise with Mobile Games including Wizards Unite, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and recently a card game Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. And if the rumors are true then this Harry Potter RPG is in development at WB games for unknown platforms and will be a huge surprise for the belovingly fans of the franchise as well.
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