Harry Potter gets Half-Blooded movie tie-in

Big-screen premiere of boy wizard's next adventure to be accompanied by video game versions from Electronic Arts.

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Like a string of handkerchiefs pulled from a magician's sleeve, Electronic Arts has produced a seemingly never-ending line of Harry Potter games and spin-offs on virtually every possible platform. Beyond the games based on the blockbuster movies, EA has also released Quidditch World Cup--a fantasy sports game based on a competition that played a significant part in the Potter books--and a variety of mobile phone games like Find Scabbers and Mastering Magic. There was even a massively multiplayer online Harry Potter game planned at one point.

In keeping with tradition, EA today announced that it will be bringing out a full line of games based on the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Timed to coincide with the film's November release, the games will arrive on the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, PC, Mac, and mobile phones.

EA's UK-based Bright Light studio is handling development on the game and looking to improve on previous installments of the series "with a particular focus on the unique control system of Nintendo's Wii," according to the publisher. In addition to the expected wizard duels, players will be able to create magical elixirs in a potion-creating class, as well as hop aboard a broomstick to take part in quidditch matches.

While the novel is the sixth of seven installments in J.K. Rowling's wildly popular series of books, Half-Blood Prince is the sixth of eight Potter films. Faced with the prospect of tying up all the series' loose ends in one film (and with seeing the hugely successful series come to a close), Warner Bros. Pictures has decided to split the final book in the series--Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--into two different films, set for release in November 2010 and May 2011.

Discussion

112 comments
man-u_rules
man-u_rules

i just wanted to clear some things up for those people that haven't a clue to whats going on here... first of all, there is going to be 8 movies because they're splitting the final book into two films. they are doing this because there are pretty big events in Deathly Hallows, they want to tell the story well and not leave anything out. P.S. cant wait to see how they work with the Wii on this one! : )

xspboy06x
xspboy06x

I liked Order of the Phoenix. Some things about it were annoying, but it ranks more like 7.3 the 5.0. Hopefully, this game will improve those things that were bad in Order of the Phoenix. Namely the long wanderings and lack of duels.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Wow, another HP movie means another set of HP games from EA. And yes, there are some decent HP games, but if you take into account the fact that about 5 games come out for each movie, and only one of them(games) is actually good....... you see why many of us aren't jumping for joy here.

LaraCroft15
LaraCroft15

the quality of all the Harry Potter games made so far varied depending which part of the movie it was based on and which version it was Personally I would also like to see Mass Effect style RPG. But most importantlyHARRY POTTER LEGO! why they still didn't make one of these is a mystery, star wars was just awesome and I can't wait to play Indy and Batman this year MAKE LEGO HARRY POTTER GAMES PLEASE!

trystkl1826
trystkl1826

I have yet to see a positive response from gamers, that I know, concerning the Harry Potter games. Contrary to what I see, the games must be doing well because they are continually being created. It's about the green. And it seems that the HP games are bringing in enough of it.

metalisticpain
metalisticpain

I wish for once they would make a HP RPG what rivaled the quality of FF. It would sell -- millions...

doodj1
doodj1

the past harry potter games sucked. i dount they will change things this time, but the seventh book being split is different and definately builds suppense fantasy books have been taking a turn towards splitting final parts into 2

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i say don't even look at the movie except for artistic style maybe...and try to follow the book as best as they can...it's kinda hard to make it into a game without being pretty lame.

TuBa_Of_Da_BaND
TuBa_Of_Da_BaND

one of the books is going to be split into two movies...not sure which one though...that's why it's eight and not seven.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

"Is it me or does it say "Half Blood Prince is the sixth of eight potter films" hmmmmm" Finish the paragraph.

Girman
Girman

Is it me or does it say "Half Blood Prince is the sixth of eight potter films" hmmmmm

JDY1118
JDY1118

Like they really had to put that under "news". Everyone saw that coming from a mile away. EA better give Bright Lights enough time to make a good game, or it'll wind up just most movie games: boring, dumb, and just plain pathetic.

Boy_Man07
Boy_Man07

who would not make a great Harry Potter game, as the books are so awesome and the films are great (not so great as the books, but, still, great)?! oh, i forgot about EA...yes, EA would. there are so many things that would make Harry Potter a fantastic game...if EA could do it right...at least Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows!

KingSigy
KingSigy

This isn't news, its common knowledge. Every Potter movie has had a game, people should know this without even looking to EA for information.

smith447
smith447

I'm just waiting for them to actually make a decent harry potter game.

peach79
peach79

Hopefully they won't give you control of most of the ending of the game like in OotP. I loved not being able to control what would have been the coolest part of the game!!!

GonzoGuy
GonzoGuy

I kind of liked the underperforming OotP Wii game from last year but it was just a little too small. I was expecting something GTA size with GTA amounts of things to do. And unfortunately the rewards for collectibles weren't very rewarding. This one sounds like the next step up. Hopefully the broom wont just be fro quiddich.

Grandstream
Grandstream

>_> and how old will D-Rad be? 20-something? That means the sixth film should come out either late 2008 to early 2009...

swisdwag
swisdwag

Harry Potter Books > Movies > Games. Why they are splitting the last book into 2 films is beyond me but all I know is...the Deathly Hallows was SO graphic and so many people die in it that I personally think it should be rated R but that may be why the are splitting it, to do some MAJOR editing!

surppo
surppo

kids king boo kids

King_Boo_01
King_Boo_01

Meh, Harry Potter sucks anyway. Besides who in thier right mind buys these crap games.

monkeyd_93
monkeyd_93

"i thought the PS2 was dead" nope, well not yet anyway i say it still has at least another year at least in it. seeing how they say they will make profit from the ps3 by august this year or april next year, once they get up to that number they want which will be predicted when it will happen, they'll slowly die it down. with big titles coming up and low prices, it wont be too long away. i think sony had sold 100 million units of ps2 before they decided to stop psx so the last film is set to finish the series in 2011. how old will daniel radcliffe be then? like 21 or something, hard to imagine he'll try and play a 17 year old lol im thinking that the final film will be a dissapointment, since it really isnt based upon all of a novel but mainly to tie up the story plot. it may have been a good idea for EA to make a mmog of harry potter when the craze started, but as children grow so do their tastes and they loose interest, so it could have been big. after playing harry potter 3 on ps2, it really did suck, so im not planning on buying future ones

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

Harry Potter games is always an disappointment

khuut
khuut

I think I'm more excited about the guarentee of a Movie rather than the game itself

Tokyo512
Tokyo512

Hot stuff about the 7th movie. Maybe for once they won't leave out a bunch of things. Reading is good for you people! Cuz knowledge is power!

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

yeah, unlike the other consoles, the PS2 is still cranking out both hardware and software. Much like the reason why the wii sold like hotcake, the pricepoint of the PS2 and the wii are idea. You can buy the system, another controller, a memory card and maybe a few games and still come out with more money than if you were to buy a PS3/360 stand alone. Besides, the PS one didn't fully die out until after a couple of years after the PS2 was released so we have another year or two before we can consider the PS2 to be dead.

diablusx
diablusx

Did anyone not see them making a movie about this film? The only surprising thing is the way they split the last book into 2 films.

BloodMist
BloodMist

"i thought the PS2 was dead..." Nah it's far more successful than the PS3 is, even in current sales.

Shock007
Shock007

i thought the PS2 was dead....Whatever, should be ok game i guess

michifus
michifus

This is the gaming world equivalent of CNN or Fox News releasing a news story titled "People vote in Pennsylvania today." Slow news day is slooooooooow.

VolcanicDemon
VolcanicDemon

EA are so crap, I wouldn't be surprised if they brought out FIFA Road to Hogwarts and replaced all the players with Harry Potter. The prize for getting your team to Hogwarts would be to shag Hagrid! How rewarding!

Wanderer5
Wanderer5

I hope this one will do better then OotP and not be as disappointing.

Epoq
Epoq

I'm curious why Gamespot felt the need to post this news article. I mean, I'm not exactly shocked or even slightly surprised that EA is making a game based on the movie, it's done it 1000 times before, so what's new?

bannermanner
bannermanner

Also a comment on the 7th movie being split into two parts - I have no problem with that, but they should have given that treatment to Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix - far too much was cut. I get the feeling Deathly Hallows could have been one movie, though.

Lepuke
Lepuke

It should be called Harry Potter and the Half-Baked movie tie in game.

Slinky826
Slinky826

"noirsake What?? Splitting Deathly Hollows into two different movies a year apart!? That's ridiculous." That's only 6 months apart.

TBoogy
TBoogy

Bush66, the answer to your question is easy...EA made them. Hence MY delima; I am a hardcore Harry Potter fan, but I hate EA with a passion. What to do? Well, it's usually easy. As much as I hate them for it, until they make a good scoring one I will just forget about them (the Harry games). Of course "good scoring" and "EA" go together like candy and crap.

noirsake
noirsake

What?? Splitting Deathly Hollows into two different movies a year apart!? That's ridiculous.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Yes, we know EA is going to make this game, and yes, we know that it won't come close to doing the book or movie justice.

bush66
bush66

HP has amazing books and decent movies, so why is it that the games are never really that exciting or tons of fun. However, I am excited that they are making two movies. Maybe this way they can do the books justice.

AlexPR_13
AlexPR_13

Man what I don like about the HP films is that it fallows the same boring formula in each film and it feels like you are watching a detective movie with slightly twicked plots each time a new one comes out. The last one is ok but when I left the theater I said to myself, GOD DAMMIT, Ill probably have to pay 30 more bucks just to watch the conclusion of a story that has taken almost 10 years to be told on screen. What I mean is why couldnt they have squeezed 2 or 3 books together in one movie and so on, but three more. And you cant justify that each movie has to pay attention to details in each book, when most of the movies up till now change, alter or delete certain things from the books. This frachise is a golden goose for warner bros. and I for one am tired of paying 12 bucks to watch one more movie that will only raise more questions and want you to keeo wasting more money on the next ones. As for the books, I just dont like them and was a little taken back by the lame ending.

BloodMist
BloodMist

I normally don't condone when people say this, but this really doesn't qualify as news.It's like posting a news article about the sun setting tonight.

jab692
jab692

Humikimi, only 2 movies near decent?!? They were all decent!

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

the game would say blood blood to this

RHCPfan24
RHCPfan24

It better be better than OotP. That game sucked...