Electronic Arts today announced that it is concocting a new Harry Potter game for multiple platforms at its UK studios. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, based on J.K. Rowling's fourth Harry Potter book and the upcoming Warner Bros. feature film of the same name, is scheduled for a November release. The game will be released on the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PC, DS, PSP, and Game Boy Advance.
The Goblet of Fire is the fifth game based on the children's book phenomenon that has captured the minds of young'uns and adults since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone hit store shelves and dominated best-seller charts in the late '90s. The series follows the adventures of a young boy sent off to Hogwarts, a boarding school for wizards-in-training in the English countryside.
All but one of Electronic Arts' previous Potter efforts were released in conjunction with the film adaptation of the books, with 2003's multiplatform Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup being the lone game with completely original content.
In the upcoming game, Harry Potter is selected to participate in the Triwizard Tournament, where he must face a fire-spewing dragon, make his way through a giant maze, and rescue his friends from the chilly Black Lake. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are playable characters, and they will practice their sorcery skills with an all-new spellcasting system.
The Goblet of Fire will also feature a cooperative mode, letting magicians team up and cast more-powerful spells. The prepubescent warlock can also use his "accio" summoning spell to track down living beans, which reward the characters with collector and creature cards.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is waiting pricing and rating information. GameSpot will have more details on the game as more information is conjured up.