It appears that 2018 might be the year of Harry Potter games. With Niantic Labs working on a Pokemon Go-style title and now Jam City being contracted by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to tackle a new game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.
Details on the upcoming mobile title were outlined over on Pottermore, where it was revealed that players -- for the first time in the franchise's history -- will be able to create their very own wizard and journey through the ups, downs, thrills and mysteries that come with living life at a wizarding school.
You'll get to partake in a ton of the activities that have been featured or mentioned in J.K. Rowling's novel series and the accompanying live-action movies. This includes going head to head against other wizards in the Dueling Club, or learning how to increase your abilities as a potion-using wizard in the Potions and Defense Against The Dark Arts, and learning new spells and other tricks of the trade from various professors that are renown throughout the Harry Potter universe.
The game won't be ready until some point in 2018, but Jam City is working hard to bring the narrative-driven mobile app to life.
We don't know much about how the actual gameplay will work, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was designed like many other point-and-click adventure titles that currently flood the app stores for Android and Apple devices.
However, Jam City's CEO, Chris DeWolfe, mentioned that the gameplay experience is being specifically sculpted in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery to appeal to people who love the current lore and stories from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World.
Still, this doesn't really speak to what the actual gameplay mechanics will be like, or whether or not there will be specific kinds of multiplayer features. In fact, there's no mention at all about whether or not there will be multiplayer support, but most app games make it a standard to feature some sort of social connectivity, so I doubt that Jam City and Warner Bros. would pass up the opportunity to include such a feature.
Both titles will be relegated to the mobile space, though. The press release confirmed that the game will be available for iOS and Android devices.
While we know that the new Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will launch in 2018, we don't know exactly when. It sounds like the game is very much near complete, though, and the press release seems to indicate that it could be coming sooner rather than later. Of course, there have been times when some games have been announced and then they don't release until a year or two later. Rockstar makes a habit of building up hype for titles like GTA or Red Dead Redemption with two year lead times on announcement.
In any case, you can look forward to playing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery at some point in 2018 on your smartphone or tablet.