Avalanche Software's Leaked Harry Potter Game Aims for PS5 and Xbox Series X in Late 2022

The game's long-running reveal will take place after August, reports Bloomberg

After surfacing in October 2022 with promising but far from finished footage, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's Harry Potter role-playing game has remained out of sight. The publisher still hasn't announced the game (due to the cancellation of E3), but that doesn't mean it's been scrapped or suspended. The current plan is for a late 2022 launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, according to Bloomberg.

Sources noted that the original leaked video was legit, most of the follow-up rumors weren't, and the Harry Potter project is well on its way to former Disney Infinity powerhouse Avalanche Software.

When can we see it in an official capacity? Assuming WBIE's plans don't change – and they might if author JK Rowling continues to make provocative and transphobic remarks – then the next-gen Harry Potter game should be revealed sometime after the FanDome event of DC in August. (This is where we expect to see teasers for WB Games Montreal's Gotham Knights and Rocksteady's Suicide Squad.)

As Bloomberg's Jason Schreier explains, Rowling "continues to play a role in most projects associated with the Harry Potter brand, and the game is no exception. However, one of the people working on the game pointed out that Rowling had very little direct involvement. Developers are said to be uncomfortable with her opinions, and studio management has reportedly not responded to her recent anti-trans comments.

The promise of an honest-to-goodness, big-budget, open-world Harry Potter game is fascinating to so many - fans or otherwise - but the circumstances surrounding it are incredibly unfortunate.

Some Harry Potter game developers rattled by JK Rowling Backlash [Bloomberg]

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