Next-Gen Harry Potter Game Reportedly Set for 2021, With Little Involvement From J.K. Rowling

Next-Gen Harry Potter Game Reportedly Set for 2021, With Little Involvement From J.K. Rowling

The rumors of Avalanche Software's magical open world seem true.

The long-rumored Harry Potter open-world game has surfaced once again, and it seems like it won't be long before it's officially announced. A new report today indicates the magical adventure is coming to next-gen consoles sometime late next year.

At Bloomberg, several sources say the rumored project is real and in development at Avalanche Software, a Warner Bros. studio. It's set for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and would arrive sometime in late 2021.

Rumors first surfaced of this Harry Potter game in 2018, when a Reddit post showing footage of the game was leaked online. It was soon confirmed by Eurogamer that the project was in development, and while rumors circled around Rocksteady involvement, Eurogamer reported it had been hearing Avalanche was behind it.

Bloomberg's report also touches on the recent comments made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, which caused serious controversy as they were largely considered transphobic. Bloomberg reports that staff members working on the Harry Potter project felt uncomfortable about it. One source working on the game tells Bloomberg that Rowling has "very little direct involvement."

Due to the shift in summer gaming news plans due to COVID-19, the Harry Potter game will not get announced at E3 as was previously reportedly planned. Instead, according to Bloomberg, it will be revealed later, with a new Batman game reportedly set to be unveiled at August's DC FanDome event.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is currently in flux, as reports swirl of its possible sale. With both a Batman and Harry Potter game potentially in the making, that would make the interactive division quite a get for whoever picks it up.

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