Warner Bros. has revealed the next title to be released through their “Portkey Games” initiative, a label under which they are developing multiple interactive projects set in the Wizarding World franchise.
It’s called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, and will be a mobile game coming to Android and iOS platforms this year. It is being developed by Jam City, the studio behind the successful Avengers: Academy, Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, and Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow (the latter of which featured a continuation of the storyline that concluded in the TV series).
What will the game be like?
The game will be set sometime prior to the events of the core book series, and will have players stepping into the robes of a Hogwarts student, creating their own avatar, attending classes, and making “pivotal decisions that will influence their character’s story arc as they traverse their years at Hogwarts and grow as a witch or wizard.”
When will it be out?
There’s no firm release date yet, but they are currently aiming for a spring 2018 release window. Pre-registrations are currently open at HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com.
What is Portkey Games?
Announced via Pottermore (the online portal for the Wizarding World) back in November of last year, Portkey Games will provide a banner under which WB will be consolidating its Wizarding World interactive projects, across mobile and console games. While several different studios will be handling the development of the titles, Portkey seems to be providing some sort of logistical connectivity to the various projects.
The first game announced through the initiative was Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a mobile game being developed by Pokemon Go‘s Niantic. Similar to the Pokemon game, Wizards Unite will use augmented reality gameplay to allow players to experience Wizarding World elements overlaid onto their physical environment.