Pokemon Go turned us all into real-life (or as close as) Pokemon Trainers. Now it seems that a new mobile game will turn us into Hogwarts students (or as close as).
That’s right. The entire generation of readers who grew up dreaming for their Hogwarts letters will be able to be a Hogwarts student in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
The game, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is set in the 1980s. (So after the Marauders era and the first war with Voldemort, but before Harry and crew were students at Hogwarts.) The game will give fans the opportunity to attend Hogwarts classes and interact with characters such as Dumbledore, Snape, Hagrid, and Professor McGonagall.
Mobile game developer Jam City, known for Cookie Jam and Panda Pop, has licensed the IP from WB Interactive Entertainment. The game will be released under the label of Portkey Games.
Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe talked about developing the game. Apparently many focus groups of fans were the ones who inspired what the game was going to be about. The game will be free but include in-app purchases to help the player level up.
Jam City President Josh Yguado said of the project, “There are not many Harry Potter titles in the App Store because J.K. and her team are very selective. But the creative vision we had and the artist we brought forward to work on the game got them comfortable with working with us.”
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be released in the spring of 2018.