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EA and the Harry Potter Game

Posted by: John at 4/12/2005 4:46 PM
Taking a break from acquiring football franchises, EA has announced they will be developing a game based on the next Harry Potter movie. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is scheduled to be released with the movie in November and here's hoping they get Lindsey Lohan to play Hermione ala Saturday Night Live.


EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announce the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Videogame; Join Forces With Friends to Win the Treacherous Triwizard Tournament on Console, Handhelds, and PC

CHERTSEY, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 12, 2005--Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are pleased to announce the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire(TM) videogame, scheduled for a November 2005 release in conjunction with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling's fourth book. In the game, players experience the thrilling moments of the movie and put their magic to the ultimate test in cooperative play with up to two friends.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is the fifth Harry Potter videogame we have created, and we are incredibly excited with the fresh innovations that the team has brought to the game," said Harvey Elliott, Executive Producer at EAUK. "With high anticipation for the film and our strong relationship with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, we have been able to develop a game that complements the film in this exciting addition to the Harry Potter franchise."

"Working with EA, we look forward to offering players a highly developed Harry Potter game with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," said Jason Hall, Senior Vice President for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "The game will possess the extremely creative aspects of the Harry Potter world captured in both the film and the book, giving fans a complete interactive experience."

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry is mysteriously selected as the fourth competitor in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament(TM). Each contestant in this international competition must confront a fire-breathing dragon, rescue friends from the icy depths of the Black Lake, and navigate the twisting mysteries of a vast, dangerous maze. Players will experience all the thrills of the movie -- from the Quidditch(TM) World Cup campsite to a heart-stopping duel with Lord Voldemort(TM) himself!

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all playable characters, modeled after their big-screen counterparts. In this game, an all-new spell-casting system allows players to feel the magic for the first time as the controller shakes and reacts with every flick of the wand. Players can also team up with friends in co-operative play to combine their magic and produce more powerful spells than ever before!

Under development by EA's UK Studio, the team behind the worldwide success of the Harry Potter library of games, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is scheduled for release for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, PSP(TM) handheld entertainment system, Xbox(R) video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance, and Windows PC. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.