Jeff Peters, who heads a Utah digital entertainment network, talked with me about a studio of “about 300 local people,” in Utah, who made Disney Infinity. Speaking about that, he mentioned that that type of open-world game, but for “Harry Potter,” is on its way. Since a report of that, numerous media outlets reported on an open-world “Harry Potter” game leaking.
Utah’s Avalanche Software made Disney Infinity, and the studio was purchased and re-opened by Warner Bros., which owns “Harry Potter,” in early 2017. Job openings listed at the same time for Avalanche seemed to indicate a “Potter” game. (One said “We are looking for a talented storyteller with a deep understanding of British culture and grammatical presentation.” Nearly all of the main characters of “Harry Potter” are British.)
A Warner Bros. spokesman did not return a request for comment.
Avalanche is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Its chief executive officer is John Blackburn.
Avalanche is making the game, TweakTown reported. Rocksteady would not be the developer, Eurogamer reported as Forbes said Avalanche was more likely the maker than Rocksteady.
Half of the staff who worked for Avalanche when Disney owned it were able to return once the company gained its current owner, GamesBeat reported.
At least one Avalanche employee during the Disney era was proud of Avalanche’s work on Disney Infinity. He had characters from the game in action figure form displayed in his Lehi, Utah living room.
Utah is a place where mythology and storytelling relatively thrives in enthusiasm and production. Its FanX, biannual entertainment fan conventions, have grown in popularity. Utahns are some of the biggest patrons of Disney theme parks, and often have “Star Wars” stickers on the backs of their vehicles. And there’s the Utah Digital Entertainment Network Peters and Jon Dean lead.
The leak, which has apparently pulled from YouTube by Warner Bros., was a video in early October. It came from a Reddit user who said they got the big-budget “Potter” game from a focus group, Kotaku reported.
Footage included magical beasts and owls, “alchemical experiments,” Hogsmeade and Wizards at the wizarding school Hogwarts doing spells. VapeThisBro, the redditor, said the game is played in third person, where you customize your own wizard, a fifth-year student at Hogwarts, Kotaku reported.
Forbes’ Erik Kain seemed grateful for the game.
“It’s almost astonishing that there hasn’t already been a full-fledged, AAA open-world ‘Harry Potter’ roleplaying game released for PC and consoles,” Kain wrote. “Instead, we’ve gotten mini-games, mobile games and other smaller efforts to bring the Wizarding World to digital entertainment. None of these attempts have been particularly satisfying.”
This is the synopsis of the game, Kain reported:
“Set in the 19th Century (1800s) Wizarding World, this third-person open-world action RPG game centers around your character with unique abilities who has earned a late acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You are a newly arrived fifth-year student to Hogwarts that demonstrates a latent gift for magic with a unique ability to track and identify remnants of a pottant [sic] ancient power.”
“Upon arrival, strange events begin to materialize In the Forbidden Forrest and trouble begins o [sic] brew within the castle walls. Together with Professor Elezar Fig, you embark on a journey through both familiar and never before seen locations to bring to light the truth behind these mysterious occurrences.”
“On your quest, you will craft potions, master new spells, and discover fantastical beasts. You will battle Dark Wizards, Goblins, and other supernatural enemies and uncover the truth about your destiny — the Fate of the Wizarding World lies in your hands.”
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