In the morning of October 30, Warner Bros. and NetEase announced that they will cooperate to launch an IP Adaptation Game named “Harry Potter: Magic Awakening “ jointly, along with releasing the official website link. It is reported that this is a Card RPMG game, with the jointing RD between the specific fencing team for the NetEase ZEN studio and Warner Bros.
To be honest, the popularity and famous of this IP bring significant traffic immediately：the hot search of “Harry Potter Mobile Games" appeared on the Top Topic on Microblogging (one of Chinese famous social media) for 3 hours. Till 18:30, the number of readers in this super-hot word has exceeded 1.7 billion. An increasing number of players posting their screenshots of appointments for the game and share stamped wands.
As matter as fact, on October 2, the news of introducing a new RPG of “Harry Potter" has been circulated on the website named Reddit (original post has been deleted). Additionally, the entertainment journalist of BBC —— Lizo Mzimba revealed on Twitter, one of the RPG product named “Harry Potter: Magic Awakening". But from the posted video, these are two different games, in other words, the project of RPG in Warner Ltd was advancing at that moment.
Differing with other IP adaptation game of NetEase ZEN “Cat and Mouse”，the distribution of “Harry Potter: Magic Awakening” belongs to the specialised brand named Portkey Games, which is founded in Nov 2017. it is obvious that Harry Potter: Magic Awakening will be an authorized Harry Potter mobile game，designed by the local Chinese gaming manufactures，entering the Chinese market for the first time.
The supervision has been the key issue for all IP mobile game production. In order to restore the IP more precise, Portkey Game holds an open attitude: except the familiar wizard world, this game includes other new characters. According to the introduction, players will play as the personal view — a Hogwarts freshman, to launch a unique magical world adventure. Besides, the background of “Harry Potter: Magic Awakening” is based on the period after Harry Potter defeating Voldemort, along with other unique historic design from the game developers.
However, it doesn't mean that this IP adaptation game will modify the original book. The official responders (ZEN studio) admits that "‘Harry Potter: Magic Awakening’ will restore all the spells, characters and magical animals, which are familiar with fans, presenting in a stylish visual image.” That is to say, the style of European Vintage will be restored in the game.
Although "Harry Potter: Magic Awakening" has chosen the form of Card RPG, it seems to be different from the classic card game, which is closer to the forms of TGC, DBG: players consume (or do not consume) resource points, using a specific card to launch the spell, which is not a common automatic battle form for card RPG -click the hero icon to release the skill.
However, this official announcement really brings high attention from the fans and players, the public expects the finally release of this IP Adaptation Game.
More detailed information will come after the Official release.