First, take a look at this video. This is supposed to be an unannounced Harry Potter action-RPG game, in development somewhere by an unknown company (possibly Warner's Avalanche outfit, previously responsible for the Disney Infinity titles). The video appeared on YouTube on Monday and is creating quite a buzz as it seems to be just what fans have been dreaming of. It features realistic visuals, an open world to explore and spells cast from a third person point of view.
Along with the video there is a text similar to a press release that explains the settings, the story, and the main gameplay features. You will choose between eight different types of wizard to play as, traverse the world talking to characters, making friends and taking decisions that will change the course of the game.
"Set in the 19th Century (1800's) Wizarding World, this 3rd 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 5th year student to Hogwarts that demonstrates a latent gift for magic with a unique ability to track and identify remnants of a pottant ancient power.
Upon arrival, strange events begin to materialize In the Forbidden Forrest and trouble begins o 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.
- Journey to Hogwarts to become one of 8 different Wizard types
- Experience Hogwarts, make new friends, uncover new secrets, and change the fate of the Wizarding world.
- Experience a new magic system that creates countless possibilities to master magic.
- Freely explore the Wizarding World for the first time.
- Choose your house and friends at Hogwarts, and decide to pursue a path of good or evil.
- Create your own witch or wizard, and experience an all-new story separate from the books or films"
Is it an elaborate fake or could this be something that's in the works? Or is it potentially a project that was once in development and that has now been cancelled? It's hard to tell, but hopefully there's truth behind it as it does sound like a very appealing concept...