Video games are cancelled on a regular basis for one purpose or one other, and whenever you’re EA, the reason being nearly all the time cash. Which is actually why we by no means acquired to see the Harry Potter MMO that EA had within the works.
The information got here out during an interview with Kim Salzer, who labored at EA from 2000-2003 because the director of product advertising and marketing. She was requested which was the one mission she remembers that she would have cherished to see occur, nevertheless it simply by no means did.
“An enormous one for me, as a result of I used to be so personally concerned in it, and it’s such an enormous IP that has lived on is an internet massively multiplayer recreation for Harry Potter. We did all of the analysis, we had the beta constructed on it, it was a mixture of offline/on-line expertise the place we’d really mail stuff to the children, like prizes and ribbons and that.”
Simply based mostly on the scale of Harry Potter right this moment, it’s uncertain that an MMO based mostly on the franchise wouldn’t have the ability to earn a living, proper? That’s not what EA’s executives thought.
“Totally researched, very assured within the success of this. But it surely was killed, for lack of a greater time period, as a result of EA was going by means of modifications at the moment they usually simply didn’t know or consider sufficient that that IP would have a shelf-life longer than a yr or two.”
I suppose we’ll by no means know, because it by no means occurred! In case you are nonetheless yearning for a Potter gaming repair although, you possibly can proceed to look ahead to Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming RPG based mostly on the IP.
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