Official: EA Delays "Half-Blood Prince" Video Game Until Summer 09HBP Film
As expected, EA, the makers of the Harry Potter video games, have formally announced their plans to delay the release of the “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” video game until Summer 09 (no specific date yet mentioned). Moving the release of the game to coincide with the new release date of the sixth Harry Potter film in July of next year, a formal press release reads:
“We’re excited about the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game in development and its high level of authenticity and playability,” said Robert Nashak, Vice President EA Casual Studios. “We are creating an immersive game experience that Potter fans around the world will really enjoy playing as they fly and duel their way through the story of the film. The game will feature new Wii gestures and increased gameplay capabilities across all of the platforms.”
“The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince game will be an excellent interactive extension of the film and all of the new action that comes with it,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “EA is creating the Harry Potter video games that fans will love, and this game will deliver new gameplay elements and the magic players are looking forward to.”
“We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with EA in collaborating on the videogames for all of the Harry Potter films,” said Harry Potter film Producer David Heyman. “The visual look of the game for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is incredibly authentic to the film and will provide a truly compelling experience for everyone who plays.
Again while no specific release date was given save “Summer 2009,” the HBP video game will be released on platforms for the Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation2, PSP (PlayStationPortable) , Nintendo DS, Windows PC, Macintosh and mobile devices. UPDATE As reflected in our Cauldron Shop via Amazon.com, the games now show a July 14, 2009 release date. We are trying to confirm this with EA and will update when we can. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be released on July 17, 2009.