Harry Potter for Kinect conjured up for fall

Boy wizard getting an Xbox 360 motion-controlled adventure from WBIE; players to scan in their faces for created characters.

The Harry Potter novels and films may be done with, but there's at least one more game on the way featuring the coming-of-age mage. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Harry Potter for Kinect, an Xbox 360 game set for release in the fall.

When you have speaking characters who are actually hats, you're bound to get screens that look oddly cropped.

As the name states, Harry Potter for Kinect will rely on the Xbox 360's motion-sensing camera peripheral, letting players cast spells using gestures and magic words. Would-be wizards will also be able to use the camera to scan in their faces for use on created characters.

The game will follow the story of the films, letting players re-create key scenes in control of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, or their created characters. Before the final showdown with Voldemort, players can choose a house to join at Hogwarts, partake in quidditch matches, and take a break with a few minigames. Harry Potter for Kinect will also feature competitive and cooperative multiplayer action.

Although Electronic Arts held the primary license to make games based on the Harry Potter movies, WBIE previously produced a pair of Lego Harry Potter games recapping the complete story.

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xMoonDevilx
xMoonDevilx

Great. And with Kinect implementing the 'seated recognition' into the mechanics (not requiring players to stand while playing)....Wizard Wannabes can sit on their fat asses and flick their spells with simple gestures....be more Harry Plopper than Potter.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Oooo another on-rails game.

Gaming revolution!!  Ha. Hilarious. I do like the idea of scanning hilarious faces in though.  Like my dog's rear end.

burgeg
burgeg

The only new Harry Potter game that needs to be made is Quidditch World Cup 2. And no, not for the Kinect.

NoLifeGamin
NoLifeGamin

Well this is another reason to throw a Kinect into a volcano, if you unfortunately, are in possession of one

servb0ts
servb0ts

Supervise, Supervise, Supervise, Supervise. lol

benleslie5
benleslie5

If Star Wars Kinnect failed, this is most likely going to be the same thing

strayfies
strayfies

Somehow everything made for the kinect, short of those dancing /workout games, seems terribly forced.  A lightsaber is an object a Jedi would hold, a wand is an object a wizard would hold, and here they are grinning as they boast their games don't even use controllers.

 

I've become wary of games whose budget outweighs the common sense used to make it.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Remember how well this worked with the last HP games? I didn't play them, but I heard it was a huge success. And by success I mean failure. Please stop.

DeViLzzz
DeViLzzz

My son and I are already laughing about taking shots of uhmmm strange crap and putting it in the game as our face. LOL

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

"I am Harry potter" dance number for Kinect. Please no!

punkpunker
punkpunker

star wars kinect all over again...

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Uh huh, is this like that movie tie in where they made a big deal out of the Kinect controls only for it to turn out to be garbage, with at least one reviewer labelling the Kinect features "embarassingly pointless"?

hadlee73
hadlee73

Here's hoping Hermione has worked out how to take less than 5 minutes to cast alohomora in this one...

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Will it have Kinect voice controls, too? So I can look like even more of an idiot shouting "Avada Kedava" (or however the hell it's spelled) at my friends and family?

 

Pfft...after showing them this, I might not have any friends or family...

okassar
okassar

It would be fun if it's done right, but developers haven't been taking Kinect projects seriously. Kinect Star Wars could have turned out great, but they screwed it up hard thinking that simply because it's a Star Wars game with motion controls it'll sell.

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

Didn't they try to make Harry Potter and Kinect work last year with the movie tie-in? Didn't it suck? Yeah, thought so.

Mozuckint
Mozuckint

Excuse me while I try to contain my excitement.

deathstream
deathstream

EA never put a lot of effort into the Potter license, so there is hope that  WBIE might succeed where they failed.  They did give the project to a company with motion control experience.

 

As long as it doesn't have Voldemort in a Dance Central knock-off, it might be worth it for the younger set.

joujou264
joujou264

Let me guess, it's gonna be the next Star Wars Kinect?

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

oh great so we can have another game people buy just for the name *starwars kinect

because we all know that works so well  :roll:

zzamaro
zzamaro

Why ruin the magic of Harry Potter?

vault-boy
vault-boy

Hope they do a better job than last time with Kinect. In all honesty Harry Potter is one of the best places to look for for ideas to make a game. They need to do what they did with Batman and instead of making a strait up tie in make something based on the universe. Their is a lot of shit that went on outside of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter Universe, and the game doesn't have to just be about the kids. The fight between Dumbledor and Grindelwad was said to be the most legendary duel of all time... shit I want to fight in that! Well, that's just my 2 cents.

craigprime
craigprime

This has the possibility of being an amazing game, as long as they don't screw it up like Star Wars. And putting your face on The Chosen One is a little awkward.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

I misread the headline as "Harry Potter for Kinect conjured up for fail," and I get the impression that's still accurate.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @NoLifeGamin Maybe you should build one and charge people to use it?  I'm sure they'd happily pay money to get space back in front of their TV.. and to make the kids stop being crazy with all that jumping around nonsense.

allied129
allied129

 @okassar 

 

Ya, I was kinda hoping Star Wars Kinect would be one of many games to come (after it was announced) to actually get me to buy a 360 Slim but sadly nope it was just another poorly made "game" that i am more than happy to pass on.

 

Meh, bunch of other stuff for me to buy instead.

deathstream
deathstream

 @MW2ismygame

 Kinect Star Wars was far from the worst SW cash-in.

 

Dancing Han is still > The Phantom Menace + Attack of the Killer Klones

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

 @deathstream i know but i was referring to the name of it making people buy it even though kinect is trash