Earlier in the year, a standalone multiplayer game inspired by Harry Potter’s fictional broom-based sport Quidditch was announced, although there was confusion over the scope of the project. With no specific platforms attached – just a vague promise of PC and consoles – many felt that it could be a cheap cash-in designed to make bank off the wizarding world.
But with a closed beta currently taking place, it was only a matter of time before some gameplay leaked – and footage has started to surface online. While we’re not going to reproduce the videos here for obvious reasons – or even link to them due to the strict NDA in place – we’re quite buoyed by what we’ve seen.
Looking at the gameplay that’s circulating, you’re able to customise your own character, selecting their appearance, broom trails, goal celebrations, and much more. The gameplay itself does strike us as quite complicated – Quidditch isn’t exactly straightforward at the best of times – but visually it looks clean, and it seems like developer Unbroken Studios has tried to remain as faithful as possible.
We reckon it’s pretty clear Warner Bros is hoping for a Rocket League-style hit here, and given the sheer scale of the customisation seemingly available, we wouldn’t be surprised if this ended up being free-to-play. Obviously it’s been a long time since the last full-scale Quidditch game – PS2, to be precise – so we have high hopes this can follow-up on Hogwarts Legacy’s success and be another hit.
I look forward to the days when Activision sells the tank/airplane portions of their games separately
I genuinely cannot believe people want this as a mini-game in Hogwarts Legacy. That is like wishing my tennis game was the ***** mini-game in GTAV.
Quidditch, like any sport, deserves a chance to be great and that requires it's own game and not some after-though mini-game
Cannot believe I’m saying this, but I am hoping this is free to play. I just can’t see a Quidditch title being fleshed out enough to be a full-priced game, no matter how good I think it could be. I liked the one on PS2, but, man, am I glad rentals were a thing in those days
Is this why it wasn't on Hogworts legacy?
Sounds like a bad decision.
@themightyant it’s a sensible to want this as a mini game in Hogwarts, as it’s to want the entirety of NBA2K as a mini-game inside of GTA, but people will be reasonable like that.
It would be good if you could import/sync your Hogwarts Legacy character with this game; though I doubt that'll happen. I'm sure it would lure more HL players to buy it though.
Idk why people are so excited for this. The rules as described in the book are too flawed to make for a good game. Imagine playing Fifa and losing all of a sudden when you were leading by 5 - 0 because the opponent did some weird side thing that's barely related to the rest of the game but worth more points than you're likely to score in normal time.
The rules were invented to create exciting moments for a hero protagonist to succeed against the odds, not to establish an engaging competitive game.
@themightyant my thoughts exactly. People are simply being unreasonable. Typical day on the internet.
@Grimwood Yes, your taste is far superior.
The races were awkward enough in Hogwarts Legacy so I'm glad quidditch was omitted.
@Grimwood Seeing that SW Episode 1 was released in '99, and Philosophers Stone and Fellowship of the Ring were both '01, I speak on behalf of all 90s kids that we grew up with (and loving) all three franchises.
@Moochy Yup! It gave us a good serie for each of the timed fantasy! Past Fantasy(LotR), Present Fantasy(Harry Potter) and Future Fantasy(Star Wars)
@DimBeau Star Wars is technically Super Past Fantasy though, since the scrolling text wall in the beginning of every movie always said "A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away".
@KidRyan I thought about precising that but kept myself from it to not make a really long text between parentheses as I also thought it was obvious I was refering to the feeling of those series
@DimBeau My bad, didn't realize that was what you were going for!
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