Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince arrive June 30

After film delay, EA reschedules boy wizard's latest game on 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC, Mac, mobile for next month.

Harry Potter has been causing problems for more than just Voldemort as of late. In September, EA announced that it would be forced to delay its game tie-in to Warner Bros' Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, following the film's abrupt retreat to summer 2009. A day after the announcement, EA said that the delay would result in $120 million in revenue vanishing from its fiscal year--which only aggravated the publisher's full-year losses of $1 billion.

It's magic...

With Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince now locked in for a July 15 theatrical release, EA and Warner Bros Interactive said today that the game will finally be given its day at retail on June 30. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be available on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii, DS, PC, Mac, and mobile platforms.

Developed at EA Bright Light in Guildford, England, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is based on book six of J.K. Rowling's best-selling franchise. In Half-Blood Prince, players will put on Potter's wizard hat as he battles his way through Hogwarts' pimply legions and Voldemort's nefarious demons.

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

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39 comments
rocky_balboa_07
rocky_balboa_07

i am a big HP fan..But EA truly ruin the flavor of the books in these games.I felt gr8 about these games when i was kid.but now i feel these are just awful.Couldn't they follow ROCKSTAR's BULLY??!!Just think such superb game play+MAGIC WAND!!I'm sure this sort of thinking would've make HP fans crazy about these games..And yes.we do want some expressive faces as the characters of the game..not those DUMB DEAD EYES..

Game_Master359
Game_Master359

I can't wait for this game big hp fan love the books and movies. I hated the Goblet of Fire it sucked! bad.... the third one was my fave it let you fly with buckbeak and explore hogwarts i hope they let you fly in this one but i wonder if they're gonna do the 7th parts 1&2 like the gof i hope not!

MissSamani
MissSamani

These games aren't intended to be have the 'epicness' of Gears of War or COD, these are purely just for fun and really not worth the 60 dollars it costs, I wish they'd lower the price on these, HP fans rarely play these games over and over.

geomyr
geomyr

until i have seen the film when it goes out on july this years

welshy023
welshy023

Doesn't look like the most overachieving game around.

robdar602
robdar602

I sure hope they don't ruin it like they did with Goblet of Fire. I hated that game. Didn't even want to finish it.

necronaux
necronaux

What!?!? Another game released based on a new HP movie? Didn't see that coming.

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

I actually loved the first 2 when I was about 7(I actually reviewed #1 on GS)... But my parents PC couldn't actually run number 3! I've hated the rest... And the worst thing is they now use the official movie music! I mean, the old ones had awesome music by none other that Jeremy Soule...

Darthnaevus
Darthnaevus

I loved the first three , especially the first one, but now EA is just trying to make a awful lot of money with unfinished products. I just hope that at LEAST Jeremy Soule is scoring this game, his music is just epic.

star77241
star77241

They weren't forced to delay anything. They could have released it months ago. They said that it was ready then and when they said they were delaying, they weren't even going to improve the game. This is a bunch of crap. I'll just wait for some rich fan to finally make these games and movies the way they should be.

zacroxs
zacroxs

i liked all EXCEPT the one after the prizoner of azkaban. the first 3 gave you hogwarts to explore the nest 2 didnt. i like open world gameplay in the Harry potter games but hated the GOBLET OF FIRE THATS IT!

Gun_N_Run-_-
Gun_N_Run-_-

Too bad the game will be mediocre at best .

metalisticpain
metalisticpain

After watching the video it actually perhaps has a chance of being ok... Who knows?

metalisticpain
metalisticpain

That screenshot looks terrible. And the HP games have always been terrible (though not sure about the first one? never tried it) I wish they would make an rpg and really let you get into the immersive world. But alas they just gona spit out another movie trash

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Because of the delay in the movie they should have had plenty of time to perfect the game. I really do hope so!

firehawk998
firehawk998

Oh great another Harry Potter game with Medicore gameplay,Boring Visuals and Ugly Character designs. The only Harry Potter game that I had fun with was the first Harry Potter game.

DarthSnipa
DarthSnipa

I didn't enjoy the previous ones as much as I did OotP. Hopefully it improves on it, I had a lot of fun with OotP when I rented it.

brothersinarmsb
brothersinarmsb

The first Harry Potter game was the best of all Harry Potter games.

NyGin07
NyGin07

love the movies and books, hate the games. how many times does it take to get it right???

Kenaue
Kenaue

@ Myself: Oversight...Should read combat to crap, not the other way around.

TBoogy
TBoogy

There is NO excuse for this game not to be good now. They had forever to tweak it, plus the source material is great (in this particular book. Minus the number of flashbacks).

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

head title doesnt work since harry potter isnt the half blood prince, its snape! and i'm joking, it doesnt matter.

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

Meh, I am going to pass, unless it is MUCH better then Order of the Phoenix. OotP was very disappointing, so I hope they had put a lot more effort in this one, especially since they have gotten more time when the movie was delayed.

gamegirl55
gamegirl55

I've enjoyed playing the Harry Potter games. I'm looking forward to playing HP&tHBP. I'm there on June 30th!

Kenaue
Kenaue

Sweet. I'm looking forward to Half-Blood Prince. Hopefully, it'll be like Prisoner of Azkaban and NOT Order of the Phoenix in regards to the ratio of crap to combat. POA was like 10:1....OOP was 1:10

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

lets see if they spend these past 7 months polishing the game instead of treating it like another gold mine movie tie in.

Magrino
Magrino

@pickleB Clearly, I'm a big Potter fan.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

No one will ever take him seriously, he's a muggle!

sj_nehama
sj_nehama

Damn! EA missed one platform! Where is HP for the Atari ?

jgirl20
jgirl20

Damn, I'll be leaving to somewhere far, far away from game stors on the 27th...

DoomZaW
DoomZaW

hmm a new potter game, do i care? naw

PickleB
PickleB

Harry Potter crowned Half-Blood Prince......Really? Really? Read the books, Snape is the 1/2 blood prince....god.

angusclone2
angusclone2

God, how many Harry Potter games are there now?

rohail88
rohail88

Gonna buy this for PS2 and PSP!

RYPER
RYPER

The only thing that keeps me from tearing my hair out when playing HP is that I'm a huge fan of the books (not the movies.)

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Great. Another round of people telling me I look like a burned-out Harry Potter.