But today, Warner finally released the first trailer for LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 — which naturally will document the first four years of Harry's time at Hogwarts.
The trailer looks suitably rough but, alas, the game is not due until next year.
Press release after the jump.
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP
ANNOUNCE LEGO® HARRY POTTER: YEARS 1-4
Videogame Pieces Together Two of the Worlds Most Recognizable Brands to
Introduce New Harry Potter Game Experience
London Embargoed until 1400 GMT, June 1, 2009 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games are teaming up with the LEGO Group, to merge two of the worlds most popular brands with the creation of LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4. Based on the first four Harry Potter books and movies that tell the story of Harrys first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 offers an engaging mix of magical gameplay and light-hearted humour. LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is being developed by TT Games and will be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and is scheduled for release in 2010.
LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will give gamers the chance to experience the magic and adventure of Harry Potter in a new and uniquely LEGO way. Playing as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, as well as other favourite characters, gamers will have the opportunity to attend lessons, cast spells, mix potions, fly on broomsticks and complete tasks to earn house points. Throughout the game, players will also have the freedom to explore iconic settings from the wizarding world including Hogwarts castle, Diagon Alley, the Forbidden Forest and the village of Hogsmeade!
With LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 we are creating an open, wide-ranging experience within Hogwarts that is full of fun and LEGO magic, said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. Harry Potter is one of the most beloved and well-respected characters, and we look forward to bringing gamers a new way of interacting in the universe with the LEGO games great humour and exploration.
Harry Potter is one of the worlds most popular and inspirational heroes, and LEGO® Harry Potter: Years 1-4 will appeal to a generation of gamers who grew up immersed in the Harry Potter books and films, and also loved playing with LEGO toys, said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The game is geared for players to experience a good mix of puzzle solving gameplay with exploration and battle in some of the most beloved Harry Potter environments, plus a few other surprises.
Were excited to announce this gaming experience based on the amazing Harry Potter universe, said Henrik Taudorf Lorensen, Vice President, New Business Development, the LEGO Group. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 is built around the same values of family-friendly creative game play that are present in other LEGO videogames, while delivering new elements of exploration and depth that we believe will engage children in imaginative play both virtually and physically.