EA's Harry Potter late for class

Publisher's game tie-in to Warner Bros.' abruptly delayed <i>Half-Blood Prince</i> will be released alongside movie in summer 2009.

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Fans of the Harry Potter films might have taken to wailing and gnashing teeth when Warner Bros. unexpectedly delayed Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth theatrical installment based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling novels. One such person may have been EA CEO John Riccitiello, who abruptly found himself with a guaranteed money-making holiday game release and no film to push it out alongside.

As has been widely expected, EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment said today that the game Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been delayed from its expected November release to join the film when it debuts worldwide in summer 2009. When the Half-Blood Prince does claim his crown, he will do so on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac, and mobile devices.

Like the film, the game Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince follows the titular hero as he enters his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There, he will play some quidditch, duel some wizards, and attempt not to be the latest of victim of supreme dark lord and series antagonist Voldemort. The game is in development at EA's Bright Light Studio, which is based in Guildford, UK.

For more on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

103 comments
padouke
padouke

wow, well screw all those people who are making the Harry Potter movies. By the time they'll be finished, Obama/McCain will be out of office... Soooo long b/w movies, and the sad thing is, theyve prob been done making them for months. Its bad enough, them splitting Deathly Hollows in to two movies, now theyre delaying movies as well? Whats the poimt???

dj_b02us
dj_b02us

have any of these games been any good?

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

I really feel for kids who get harry pothead games for xmas and birthdays etc when they really want gears or gta. I'd rather my kids play relevant groundbreaking games rather than numbing their minds with hp and other bland kids games.

HaVoC_DX
HaVoC_DX

this is a comment 4 da developers: wat u hav to do to make hp games hit is dat mak'em rpg or something other than ur current s**kin gamelay.use ur c sense

HaVoC_DX
HaVoC_DX

U suk hp . y am i here i clicked spider mans review.

Teh_Dana
Teh_Dana

Why the hell Im here If I clicked on Stalker Clear sky review link on the main page ? WTF ?

Superdude475
Superdude475

WTF I clicked the preview for Spiderman and I came here. Great job GlitchSpot.

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

I dont care about the game being delayed, what I care about is the movie being delayed. I was really looking foward to this movie. I mean sure the last one had a lot cut out of it but I still found it enjoyable.

icym
icym

All those poor artists and programmers that left their wives, girlfriends, and families during the last months of the original deadline... all for naught.

icym
icym

All those poor artists and programmers that left their wives, girlfriends, and families during the last months of the original deadline... all for naught.

akiwak
akiwak

Games tend to sell more when they are released to along with the movie. Makes sense and this might give the devs enough time to polish and deliver another ok game.

Roland1225
Roland1225

Well if I thinking about this right then they are not releasing it late to because EA wants to. Im really guessing that Warner Bros' is making them so it does not release before the movie, and maybe spoils scenes(even though,yes, the books have been out for along time)

Rovelius
Rovelius

Who cares, these games suck.

amber_jade
amber_jade

pcgamer522 Wow, a movie-based game that's actually being delayed to be IMPROVED. That's new. Unfortunately they're not delaying it to improve it, only to make more money! I'd bet money that they won't continue to work on it.

saturo123
saturo123

I doubt the delay will help it get past the stereotype that all movie tie-in games are pretty bad

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Hopefully EA will take this extra time to actually make a fun game. Since they thought they were so close to launch, you would think that the game would be nearly finished at this point. EA could very easily throw the code in the closest for a few months until it's time to get approvals from the console manufactures. If they put a little more money into the project and continue to work on this for another 6+ months, they could actually get some high-quality gameplay added to the game.

joshzen
joshzen

Well now they have time to polish the game up a bit

anthonyb12
anthonyb12

I remember playing the first harry potter game on the computer, that is when I stopped playing the games lol. The games haven't been good, so unless one of the hp games gets crazy good ratings, I'm not getting it.

defjam33
defjam33

Emma Watson is a hottie and now legal! hehe

yunarce19
yunarce19

all of the HP games suck... too bad.....

nemo_x2
nemo_x2

down with harry potter!!!!!

jasopan
jasopan

This is gonna suck like ALL the games........ Curse you EA

shamarke
shamarke

cant wait when it comes out. (the game sucks)

punkpunker
punkpunker

who cares, I'd rather watch the movie then playing the game.for me,the game went down to the mud after the release of HP:PoA

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I am a fan of the movies as they are enjoyable to watch with my kids. However I dont see myself playing the games. I am more of a Halo and Gears kindve guy.

ShadowLaguna
ShadowLaguna

Oh noes! Another Harry Potter game to torture us!

yatatabien
yatatabien

I think they won't spend more time in the game, they just will make it aging in the warehouse until the date comes.

pcgamer522
pcgamer522

Wow, a movie-based game that's actually being delayed to be IMPROVED. That's new.

star77241
star77241

Ra-Devil "The latest movie was actually enjoyable...' What are you talking about? Have you read the book? They took out everything that was important.

star77241
star77241

They'd better toss in Motion Plus. I want real wand motion.

EnigManic
EnigManic

Maybe the delay will give them time to improve the game?

zintarr
zintarr

Have any of theses games been decent?

konradak
konradak

Hmm. Maybeh they'll spend the extra time and work on it some more?

SaintRasmus
SaintRasmus

I`m gonna be crying my self to sleep tonight.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

The latest movie was actually enjoyable... the others make me hurt on the inside... really, really bad. Hopfully the next moview will be just as enjoyable. I mean, I'm gonna' go see it regardless, so I'd like to be able to enjoy it.

TheDanwich
TheDanwich

Oh, darn, now I'm stuck playing good games

Maxor127
Maxor127

Kind of funny how the movie studio reaps the rewards of the summer season while the game gets screwed over missing the holiday season.

mitu123
mitu123

I'm with xnyfinestx, I don't see what's so good about these movies, the 1st one was bad enough as it is IMO.

F1amedude
F1amedude

Lol I knew they were gonna delay the game.

smarb001
smarb001

I was kinda sorta looking forward to the movie, but the game? I played Chamber of Secrets on PS2 I think, or PS1, and it sucked badly. Nowadays I'm too old for that stuff, I prefer mature games (looking forward to GoW2 and Crysis Warhead!)

dcmdream
dcmdream

Oh noooo... now what I'm I gonna play this November. I guess I'll just have to play some of these unknown titles. Gears of War 2 Resistance 2 End War Call of Duty: World at War Mirror's Edge Prince of Persia Left 4 Dead Tomb Raider: Underworld Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts and others, and that's just November..October has alot more. Anyway, I think we will survive.

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

wow there are so many hary potter fans , i'm not alone

shadyelf
shadyelf

Well they all suck so I'm not concerned. And: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac, and mobile devices. Any single game that comes out on that many systems simultaneously or closely is bound to be crap.

spiny
spiny

"late for class" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. The single funniest joke i've ever heard in my entire life.

The_Free-Man
The_Free-Man

it will just end up like the other harry potter games, in the lost and found bin.....

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

they wont improve the game. they'll probably produce it now to cut costs over time so they can produce more.

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

All the games have been decent so far, I dont really care if they make another, but it will be another game to review.