Gaming Harry Potter

The Harry Potter MMO That EA “Killed”

Source: Parade

There’s been a lot of buzz around Harry Potter recently. The newest event to happen was the reunion of the cast members at Hogwarts. Additionally, the news surrounding Hogwarts Legacy, expecting to come out in 2022 has added more fuel to the fire for Potterheads. The limelight has also fallen on something else – the forgotten, and cancelled, Harry Potter themed MMO.

The Harry Potter MMO was scheduled to be released in the early 2000s. This information was recently revealed in an interview with Kim Salzer; former director of product marketing for EA. There was a beta name that came with the concept, though that hasn’t been shared. There additionally hasn’t been much information shared on what gameplay would have been like, apart from players attending Hogwarts. However, what was shared was the game aimed to have both online and offline elements. While the MMO would be online (hence it being an MMO), players could win physical prizes that would have been mailed all over the world. These included ribbons for quizzes, and other features that awarded the player for their feats.

But Why Was It Cancelled?

Simply put, EA didn’t think the game would last long. Kim Salzer in the interview explained that EA “killed” the MMO due to EA “going through some changes at the time”. In the early 2000s, only two Harry Potter movies were released and, while they were successful, EA thought that the hype around Harry Potter would die down after a year or two, and the game wouldn’t be a worthy investment. Instead, EA, who held licensing for Harry Potter games until 2017, released single player games. These games mostly followed the plot of each Harry Potter movie, but there was also Harry Potter: The Quidditch World Cup.

The ownership has since been turned over to WB Games, who are set to release Hogwarts Legacy in 2022. Hogwarts Legacy will be set in the 1800s, predating the Harry Potter movies, and allow players to customize their own student and add them to the game.

Would you have played the Harry Potter MMO? Do you think EA missed out on a key opportunity? And what are your thoughts on the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy? Let us know in the comments!

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