That bloody wizard, he gets everywhere. Book here, movie there, mug print, clothing line, music, figurines. For heaven’s sake, J. K. Rowling is richer than the Queen! Not that I’m bitter or anything (I deny it... even if you’ve read my profile), but there’s going to be seven of these so I might as well just brace myself.
Still, there are millions, possibly billions out their clinging on the young adolescents every scripted move, so EA has leapt in to sate collective appetites with a video game adaptation of the upcoming movie: The Goblet of Fire.
The premise behind this one sees Harry mysteriously selected as a fourth competitor in the dangerous Triwizard Tournament (adults really do read this). Each contestant in the 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. Every aspect of the book/movie is said to be recreated from the Quidditch World Cup campsite to a duel with Lord Voldemort himself (jeepers).
Protagonists Harry, Ron and Hermione are all playable characters and as you can see the modelling is coming along very nicely. A new spell casting system will be introduced for Goblet of Fire which “allows players to feel the magic for the first time as the controller shakes and reacts with every flick of the wand” – I prefer to call that Force Feedback. A Co-op mode is also available for multiplayer.
HPATGOF (!) is scheduled to land on PS2, PSP, Xbox, GameCube, DS, Game Boy Advance and PC (basically every format that is currently profitable). There’s no release date for this one yet, but I would bet a small fortune that it’ll come out pretty close to the movie which reaches cinemas towards the end of the year.
You can bet I’ll be right there, sleeping rough outside, waiting for this one… not.