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Posted: May 5th 2011 6:15PM Lenn said

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@(Unverified) Ah, okay. Now I get what you meant.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:24PM Meriak said

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All the senior Lotro devs (Scenario, lead world builder - Floon, art director etc) moved to a new project around the same time Turbine was bought by Warner.

I would be really surprised if it wasn't for a Harry Potter mmo.

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:31PM (Unverified) said

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I think the whole wizard type genre in games hasn't reached it's full potential in general. There's so much they could do with it.

If we did see a Harry Potter MMO come out I would love for it to not be confined to just Hogwarts; though it would be a wonderful starting point in the game.

I imagine it would be a very open ended type of gameplay which I see the MMO market slowly marching towards anyways. The vast amount of spells we've see in the franchise (and probably many more that could be conjured to fit in with it) would make a wonderful world.

Oh and a good example of someone tapping into the wizard/sorcery genre in games is Sorcery coming out for the PS3. Quite a different kind of way going about it but it looks great.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorcery_(video_game)

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:31PM (Unverified) said

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Oh and Ravenclaw ftw. :)
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Posted: May 5th 2011 2:34PM Joshinu said

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I don't know if it's the fact that I just posted a bunch of photos of my wife and I's trip to Florida and our visit to Harry Potter Land on Facebook but I would be down with a HP MMO. Thinking about all the points you bring up I agree that it would alter the dynamic of the "cookie cutter MMO" with two factions warring it out and the grind to a high level with end game raids and dungeons. The only concern I would have is that it would get messed up like the games for the movies, something I would hate to have happen. The only thing that fans of an IP that started as a book/movie hate more than the franchise ending is a horrible game adaptation. An MMO where you can create your own wizard I think makes more sense than one where you play as the main characters from the books.

I would like to see Bioware get the first crack at this since a KOTOR/Mass Effect/Dragon Age style would fit Harry Potter well with a player driven story arch that would affect the world around them as a whole. It would be interesting to see how they manage the "class" system to make it so some aren't boring or over powerd/under powered.

Bring it on I say

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:45PM Seldra said

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Funny you should mention Wizard 101, I felt it filled the void of not having a Potter MMO as well. Now I wouldn't mind a HP MMO as long as the combat isn't turnbased cardbattling. I think the game would be better off in real time action, almost arcadey feel like in it's Lego incarnations.

Posted: May 5th 2011 2:49PM Ironraptor said

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If there was a Harry Poter MMO it most likely would be developed by Warner Bros and Turbine.
EA is only licensed to make games off the movie not the books,etc. The movie license would not have included the right for a mmo which would require another license, if they did they would of released one before the last movie and not be focus on SWTOR.
Then there is why sell license to a out side dev get a fraction of a revenue when it can be done internal owned dev and keep all the revenue.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:03PM slash beast said

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Can't say I would want to play a childrens game.

Pass.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:15PM (Unverified) said

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If a Harry Potter MMO never comes to fruition, I won't care. You made great points for why it'd easily translate to traditional MMO standards, but I don't think I'd want it to have them. Plus, I'd have concern about the quality of the custom story implemented in such an MMO; concern about how far they go outside the source material and if it's even good or not. That's probably just due to me wanting to protect the story of Harry Potter. I know LotRO took an expansive universe and made it work to some degree, so hey, who knows, maybe it would work well.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:19PM Wisdomandlore said

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First, Rowling has said she's open to more Harry Potter books. I highly doubt the book series is over.

Second, I think it would be a mistake to limit a HP MMO to the school. The school should be an extended to tutorial, where you're introduced to all the game's aspects, and you build up your character to a degree. The main game should be set in the wider wizarding world, and be an open sandbox with a much smaller focus on combat than typical MMOs. You could make magical items (think Fred and George's shop) and sell them, create potion, join a Quidditch team, become an auror and chase dark wizards, or hunt magical creatures like dragons. Add a skill based system instead of a class based system. There should still be quests and such, but the license would be squandered by your typical themepark/quest-based/WoW-style structure.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:25PM canex502 said

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But would anyone play as Hufflepuff?

Posted: May 5th 2011 4:12PM fallwind said

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@canex502

no one EVER suspects the 'puffs.
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Posted: May 5th 2011 3:29PM (Unverified) said

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A Harry Potter MMO was in the works years ago at Origin. EA canceled it for whatever reason. I don't know who was on the team or where they ended up, but I think it was around the same time they canceled the Wing Commander MMO that was in development.

EA has a lousy track record when it comes to MMOs. Guess we'll find out next year if Bioware can pick up the slack.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:55PM ndessell said

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great idea, sadly the window is almost shut on the ip and the fan base the game would need to not flop isnt going to be around 2-3 years from now. the time for the mmo would have been now; at least a tease in the last movie.

Posted: May 5th 2011 3:58PM FrostPaw said

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I can see Quidditch, Hogwarts, spell homework, tournaments, exploring, mini games, socialising, spell combat, exploring the grounds etc, in my head its pretty fun but my head only has to imagine it for a few minutes. Tuurning that experience into a game I want to play daily or weekly as long term entertainment is quite a lot harder than thinking about it..

MMO's take lots of money, years of development and talented people to make work. Given the general quality of the video games released based on Harry Potter I don't think it would be a good investment especialy with how the mmo market is fluctuating on console and how free to play games are starting to make subscription games seem less and less value for money.

Posted: May 5th 2011 4:24PM SaintV said

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Rumor had it that Turbine was making a Harry Potter console mmo but nothing was ever confirmed as far as I know. I guess the kids would like a Harry Potter mmo but the older gamers would probably care less.

Posted: May 5th 2011 4:29PM Sorithal said

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"Hogwarts Online"

Need I say more?

Posted: May 5th 2011 4:53PM DarkWalker said

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I would love a HP MMO, as long as it was not based just on the school. Better yet if it had more than just England as a scenario, too.

I would also love to see it happen either before the books (perhaps tapping into the period the Marauders were at Hogwarts) or after it. Putting the MMO during the books could limit the game quite a bit.

Posted: May 5th 2011 4:53PM monkeysawu said

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Im with Lenn on this matter, I've read the books, watched the movies, and believe that there is much more potential in terms of franchise. The books however, which the strongest fan base is rooted in, are not meant to maintain an adult audience. My English 30 IB teacher is known to thrown in a joke or two during class when comparing high quality literature (having potential for analysis and countless essays) to other, less intricate literature; Harry Potter being high on her list of jokes. What she does do well is she leaves potential for imagination while following the story line, which the movies have capitalized on, and in a sense recreated-- I'm not the only person that wished to be a part of the Harry Potter world after reading the books, and again after the movies. The idea of the MMO is brilliant and has so much potential it's not even funny, it wouldnt even need to be called Harry Potter-- maybe something like World of Wizardry-- WoW (lol)

Posted: May 5th 2011 5:15PM vaajtswv said

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Tanking anything and everything with my wand is nothing new. Bring it on!

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