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


Apr 07, 2010

Posted by John Admin

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.

28 Responses to LEGO Harry Potter Q&A: Hogwarts Is “A Massive Explorable Environment”

Avatar ImageKC Nox says: 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! Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: not a huge fan of lego games, but obviously gonna be getting this !!!Avatar ImageJessSnape says: I cannot wait to get this game. I love adventure games like this;)Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: so fun! totally getting the game when it comes outAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: cool. aready sounds better than the EA games! :)Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: so stokedAvatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: I've never been a huge fan of video games, but this sounds awesome :) Deffinelty getting it when it comes out :)Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: sweet!! i already pre ordered it Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Awesome!! Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That sounds great! I can't wait till it actually comes out!Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: wow. just, wow. i soo cant wait! :DAvatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I cannot wait to experience the immersive environment that they have created for this game.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: So awesome!! i'll play this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: 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 representationAvatar ImageRin68nyr says: Can't wait! We already love the Star Wars one!Avatar ImageRoseann says: SOOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! ROAR Avatar Imagealicia00 says: cant whate for the game to come outAvatar ImageFabulous_DEAR-HP says: Cool! Cannot wait to get this gane!Avatar Imageelsabetharia says: I already have OotP for the Wii, but never got very far. Too time consuming. My kids already have Lego Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Batman - which are all loads of fun. They want this one too, but I think I may have to "confiscate" it :) Can't wait for it to come out!!!Avatar Imagelunarmage says: This sounds really fun, and I'm excited, even though I don't go for franchise tie-in sorts of games!Avatar ImageFresca says: I am glad they have made the games so fulfilling.Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: They have very funny bits on the game (about the caracters) and it helps to keep a light and playfull atmosphere. It's lovely to see a LEGO version of J.K. Rowling's magic world! Really engineous =)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Sounds fun!Avatar ImagePollytomat says: Ah! I'm so excited about this game! :)Avatar Imageariana_dumbledore says: I don't usually play a lot of video games but this one I'm really excited for :DAvatar Imagehugeman says: This game looks brilliant, i'll definitely get it. Avatar ImageRhiannon da crazygirl says: My brothers have Lego Indiana Jones and it looks quite fun, i'm really exited about playing this but i don't have a PS3 or anything reletively new, i do have an ancient PS2 that used to be one of my brothers (and really still is) i'll have to see if they make it in PS2 ... i could borow my brothers xbox if it comes out on that ... hmm.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Lego schmego...

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