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LEGO Harry Potter Q&A: Hogwarts Is "A Massive Explorable Environment"

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Posted by: Rosi
April 07, 2010, 01:46 PM

PlayStation Blog has a brand new interview with Traveller's Tales' Jonathan Smith, the Head of Production at the independent games developer behind the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 video game. Smith stressed how magic can be used to "create a new kind of LEGO gameplay, with characters that learn new spells over a long period of time...always progressing." Continuing in the vein of game progression, Smith also spoke about unlocking different parts of Hogwarts with each new spell:

[Y]ou’ll find more and more of Hogwarts accessible to you as a player, switching between different characters, until it becomes a really huge, immersive, explorable, open environment — to which you’ll return between story events to discover more secrets and learn more things.
The interview also covered the reasons behind the choice to focus on the first four books for "a really substantial adventure," Traveller's Tales' creative freedom on the project and the support for LEGO's unique take on Harry Potter. Smith declared that it is "a big game compared to other LEGO games," additionally commenting that the PSP game has a greater focus on adventure and questing than the PlayStation 3 game, which has a greater focus on action.

You can read the full interview at this link. As we told you last week, the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1 - 4 game will now be released in June 2010.

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27 Comments

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4007 Points

I’m really not that into video games, but this game sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun. I just might have to get it!

Posted by KC Nox on April 07, 2010, 01:48 PM report to moderator
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2168 Points

not a huge fan of lego games, but obviously gonna be getting this !!!

Posted by MaggieNoise on April 07, 2010, 01:49 PM report to moderator
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1166 Points

I cannot wait to get this game. I love adventure games like this;)

Posted by JessSnape on April 07, 2010, 01:53 PM report to moderator
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6690 Points

so fun! totally getting the game when it comes out

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16258 Points

cool. aready sounds better than the EA games! :)

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on April 07, 2010, 04:06 PM report to moderator
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3777 Points

so stoked

Posted by ZachBlack [ROAR] on April 07, 2010, 04:23 PM report to moderator
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465 Points

I’ve never been a huge fan of video games, but this sounds awesome :) Deffinelty getting it when it comes out :)

Posted by The Half-Blood Lauma' on April 07, 2010, 06:59 PM report to moderator
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1479 Points

sweet!! i already pre ordered it

Posted by magicmaniac on April 07, 2010, 07:16 PM report to moderator
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1740 Points

That sounds great! I can’t wait till it actually comes out!

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1599 Points

wow. just, wow. i soo cant wait! :D

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on April 07, 2010, 08:01 PM report to moderator
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3048 Points

I cannot wait to experience the immersive environment that they have created for this game.

Posted by Kirk on April 07, 2010, 08:08 PM report to moderator
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22044 Points

So awesome!! i’ll play this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2408 Points

Right I really need to pick up OOTP for the wii again. Only game I ever finished was COS and I loved it. Right I’m gonna play OOTP buy HBP then get through these Lego ones- which do look really good fun. I found since exploring Hogwarts in COS, parts of the books seemed more visual to me. The entrance hall in that game will always exist as my perfect representation

Posted by KiwiMcI on April 07, 2010, 09:27 PM report to moderator
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1749 Points

Can’t wait! We already love the Star Wars one!

Posted by Rin68nyr on April 07, 2010, 10:01 PM report to moderator
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264 Points

SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! ROAR

Posted by Roseann on April 07, 2010, 10:48 PM report to moderator
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