Somehow, in the almost two decades that the Harry Potter franchise has existed, there has never been a role play that allows fans to put themselves in the shoes of their own Hogwarts characters. That's changing this year when Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery comes out for Android and iOS, and today, we're getting the first glimpse of how the game will really look for the next title.
It is still too early to tell if Hogwarts Mystery will really fulfill the fantasy of getting its own Hogwarts card, but at this moment, I am a bit skeptical based on what I have seen so far.
As a concept, a Harry Potter RPG seems like a no-brainer. A game where you can create your own character, go to Hogwarts, learn magic and spells, and continue your own adventures seems that it would be the dream of all Harry Potter fans. (A similar idea has existed for a while in the MMORPG definitely Wizard101 with a Harry Potter license.) Can you imagine something on the scale of, say, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but that it allowed players to wander? and explore the world of Harry Potter instead?
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is being developed by mobile device developer Jam City, a company best known for developing thematic clones of Candy Crush and Snood, along with a couple of free ticket titles purchased in the app as Marvel. Avengers Academy, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow and a couple of Family Guy games. It's not exactly an encouraging resume to begin with.
The first advance of the game shows all the basic elements of the Harry Potter series: as emblematic characters, spells and potions, and how to choose your own home. There also seems to be a gesture-based spell casting system that seems like a really interesting way to translate wand-based book and movie spells into a game.
However, I have counted what appear to be three different sets of coins in the game and at least one timer, which certainly does not shake the feeling that it will be more a grind party full of micro transactions than a magical adventure.
The game actually looks a lot like the free RPG Star Wars: Uprising that emerged a few years ago, which seemed like a promising place for fans to build their own character and enjoy their own adventures in the Star Wars universe. but it got stuck with microtransactions and finally it closed.
Still, it's possible that he's bothering me for nothing. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery could be a new and fantastic way to experience the magical world that J.K. Rowling has created. But based on what I've seen so far, I would not like to hope for the moment. There is no final release date, but fans can now pre-register on Google Play to receive notifications as soon as the game is released.