Never shy in avoiding the chance to cash-in, EA have announced that two games are under development by the team at EA Bright Light to coincide with the two-part finale to the Harry Potter series in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The film has been split in two to make sure the leap to celluloid matches the final novel’s dense plotting, which, whilst understandable for film, is less so within videogame form, but a choice which the money-spinners have no doubt thought about in their decision to have a coupled release.
Drawing ever closer to the grand exit, Part 1 sees Harry, Ron and Hermione leave the safety of the Hogwart’s grounds on a bid to find and destroy the remaining ‘Horcruxes’ that keep Voldemort alive. Head of Production at EA Bright Light, Jonathan Bunney, explains ‘the final adventure has given us the opportunity to make a darker and more action-oriented game than we have before’, whilst Potter producer David Heyman appreciates the ‘tremendous partnership in collaborating with EA‘ and insists the final videogames ‘will capture the action and suspense of the upcoming film(s)’.
It seems EA have a desire in bringing a title more governed by its emphasis on action this time round; with Harry in the fight for survival against the Death Eaters, largely on the run from evil forces and the grasp of the Dark Lord. A brand new engine has been specifically crafted for the game, providing ample ground for stunning high-definition visuals and intense combat game play. Amongst the epic battles at the behest of Death Eaters and Snatchers, players will also encounter creatures previously seen within the series to add weight to the overall experience, on the way to the final encounter with Lord Voldemort.
The Harry Potter titles have always been fairly successful movie tie-in games and it seems that The Deathly Hallows should be no different. If EA can correctly administer the right amount of effort in withholding JK Rowling’s brilliant story to round out the series, with the tone of the movie in perfect accompaniment, then it may well alleviate itself from other cash-ins once again. Harry Potter fans deserve a video game to match the ambition of the film, here’s hoping that the split into two separate games helps, rather than hinders, the final product.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is out on all major platforms this autumn.