EA's Harry Potter delay zaps $120M

Following Half-Blood Prince's bump to summer 2009, publisher says it will have multimillion-dollar hole in its current fiscal year earnings expectations.

Yesterday, EA confirmed what many had suspected, saying that the game tie-in for Warner Bros.'s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince would join its celluloid cousin in summer 2009. Previously, the sixth film based off of J.K. Rowlings' boy-wizard novels had been expected in November, firmly rooted in EA's third fiscal quarter.

As expected, Harry Potter's truancy won't be without consequence. The gamemaker reported today that it had expected Half-Blood Prince to contribute $120 million in revenue during the company's current fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2009. While significant, the revenue is only a fraction of the $4.9 billion to $5.15 billion total earnings the publisher has forecast for its full fiscal year.

EA did not reveal whether the new summer release window would impact its earnings expectations for the game. However, once considered anathema for high-profile releases, the summer window was turned on its ear this year after a number of top-tier titles were abruptly transplanted out of the holiday 2007 lineup. Titles once a lock for last year's holiday quarter that went on to multimillion unit sales this year include Metal Gear Solid 4, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Developed at EA's Guildford, UK-based Bright Light Studio, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will arrive for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac, and mobile devices next year. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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71 comments
Raice
Raice

So... err... why did they push the game back? It's not like they can spoil the movie.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

@ darkslider99: I don't think it's because it's unfinished these kind of movies are finished long before the release date, they are just pushing the date to summer because they'll get more profit

rachkovsky
rachkovsky

They will have troubl whith this stuff

rachkovsky
rachkovsky

They will have troubl whith this stuff

neonblueshadow
neonblueshadow

whatever, if they get pissed enough, they can charge WB with the 120 million, although 120 million is chump change for the corporation.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

I saw this coming. With the sixth film coming in summer 2009.

Paulf001
Paulf001

EA must be pissed having to release this game in the Summer 2009. Since they won't get to cash in on the holiday shopping season. Parents that buy their kids these type of games won't do so as much in the summer so it won't sell as well.

azafirster
azafirster

Harry potter went out.... good for you .... eat that ea... didn't expect that coming

JWRask
JWRask

I understand that the game has weight in its name, but are people actually playing the Harry Potter games? Enough people to generate $120million? If only Psychonauts had sold as well...

lostboy85
lostboy85

Watch out EA people wearing Halloween capes will soon be after you. Personally its a 130m well lost, maybe it will show publishers to kill the movie tie-in game. (probably not, i can dream)

snake3rules
snake3rules

you think this is bad, read the recent reviews of the movie just put online at aint it cool news -- it sounds like they completely RUINED the sixth movie, with the reviewers sounding almost dumbfounded at the film they just saw... they changed the whole ending, and for much worse, not to mention completely short shrifting the half-blood prince and his story.

Koal_Jadian
Koal_Jadian

Has anyone actually played any of these movie tie-in games? How does it possibly make $120 million?

-Beatz-
-Beatz-

The more time it takes, the better it's going to be. These guys have chance to make history on many Top 10 best movie-films lists.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Maybe EA can use this time productively to actually make a decent game. Come on you lazy yankees, release the best damned HP game you can now that you have the time to do so.

raverrozza
raverrozza

Couldn't care less. In fact I hope the movie/game never come out.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

just like tripwolf said, the movie is finished and may be shown this november. moving it to next summer is only about the film makers greed. i'm down about boycotting the film and i hope karma befalls WB and a bootleg copy comes out before theatre release. this kinda seem like square-enix screwing all ps fans and release 360-exclusive games ... result? piece of crap infinite undiscovery.

Dungeoncrawler1
Dungeoncrawler1

I hear allot of the movie fans are VERY upset and are planning to retaliate. Floating around the websites of boycotting the release by buying a ticket to another movie and sneaking into the HP showing(s). Also heard that everyone will only see the pic once. Hell, he's doing full frontal nudity from what I hear anyways...funny if you ask me.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

While $120 million may seem like alot, (well to me it would be), you have to remember that the sum will be divided by the 360,PS3,Wii,DS,PSP, PS2, PC and Mac versions. Now imagine if the game was actually good...

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

movie tie-in fact: the game will sell an amount of copies completely regardless of how good it is. the people who buy these will not go on metacritic, will not check gamerankings, will not read reviews, will not check it out on forums, they will buy it because of the film. there was an article here on gamespot about hulk games, and how the one with worse reviews had sold more simply because of the movie and marketing.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

wow, i had no idea these half-baked Harry Potter games accounted for SO much revenue... never underestimate the power of a movie tie-in hey?

MajorBrian
MajorBrian

I wanted the movie to come out in November. Im sad.

darkslider99
darkslider99

ah I see. Still, they are a business. There going to do what's bet for them.

Maidendude
Maidendude

darkslider, the movie is finished and has been for a long time, WB didn't want to release it because of tax reasons cause dark knight made so much money. So to save themselves a few pennies WB pushed the movie to summer 09

DSFREAK4
DSFREAK4

if they had the original release date sometime in august of this year, i doubt that it's not finished... and no matter what movie comes out during the time HP6 is in theaters, it'll outsell almost any other movie...

DSFREAK4
DSFREAK4

if they had the original release date sometime in august of this year, i doubt that it's not finished... and no matter what movie comes out during the time HP6 is in theaters, it'll outsell almost any other movie...

Gladestone1
Gladestone1

Harry potter wont do any thing in the summer..To many good other movies out ..Id rather have gone in november to go see the movie..Any how we all know what happens in the 7th book..Unless you been living under a rock an havent read the book..

darkslider99
darkslider99

@TripWolf How are they screwing the fans because they don't want to release an unfinished movie? Or do you actually think they want to not release a movie during the HOliday season?

Joser15
Joser15

im gonna hav 2 agree with pumpkinboodie 2 down on this...

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

I actually signed a petition at petitionspot.com for this movie to be moved back to it's November release date. There is no reason for this movie to be delayed except for greed, as the production is complete, heck the trailer is awesome, and to watch that multiple times before next July is going to make it worse.

MC_Raptor
MC_Raptor

this doesn't mean they loose money! why bother with fiscal year crap

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

Yet another crappy game which relies on a hit movie...

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Does it even matter to any 'true' gamers? ....no, didn't think so. Next!

middo_06
middo_06

i wish they would give up with harry potter, it was good until the third film and thats it.

middo_06
middo_06

i wish they would give up with harry potter, it was good until the third film and thats it.

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

@Sun2Devil: the fact that they will have the time to do it doesn't mean they will

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

@Sun2Devil: the fact that they will have the time doesn't mean they will

Sun2Devil
Sun2Devil

Good news Harry Potter fans, EA now has time to fix all the bugs they were gonna leave in the game. Wish they would do that for their football games.

manbearpig89
manbearpig89

hmm if you think EA is putting out good games BESIDES sports ones. then you are sadly mistaken look at: -battlefield -army of two -mercenaries all suck BAD hahahha they are allllll for kids probably built the same as harry potter games if you ask me

Lisandro_v22
Lisandro_v22

it's not great for fans I tell u, I consider myself a fan and HP games suck, the first ones were nice because they were aimed for a more younger audience (so as the movies and books) but the newer ones can't still be about doing errands and all of them are really unpolished, the last one was one of the worst games I ever played it even rivals mysims

Erebus
Erebus

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Erebus
Erebus

EA is playing coy here. They only expect to sell 650,000 copies of Warhammer Online at around launch time. I am absolutely confident that number will be closer to 1,000,000. Furthermore, they will retain a majority of their subscribers due to the obvious quality, care, and entertainment value found in the game. Word of mouth will spread, and cause their numbers to easily climb to the second-most-profitable MMO of all-time. In other words, the expected $120M hole will almost certainly be filled by WAR. As far as what people have against EA -- it goes back to the days of 1999 to ~2005 when they commonly rushed buggy and broken games to the market. Their reputation likely shattered with the debacle surrounding Ultima IX, and never fully recovered since.

star77241
star77241

I don't know about the rest of the consoles but if they add MotionPlus to the Wii version I think it'll more than make up the $120 million hole. And of course they'll need to polish it up one each console but it should sell a lot if they actually work on it more.

thekashif
thekashif

please be better than hary potter 5. the sad thing is harry potter 3 was the best one

grafkhun
grafkhun

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fredwv
fredwv

who seriously cares about a Harry Potter video game?

Rickhavoc2
Rickhavoc2

120mil is nothing to them big deal

Timstuff
Timstuff

6 months of additional development never hurt a game.