Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
EA & WB Announce Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
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Guildford, U.K. – April 22nd, 2008 – EA’s Casual Entertainment Label and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ video game will be released later this year to coincide with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling’s sixth Harry Potter book.

“We believe that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game represents a milestone in the movie tie-in genre,” said Harvey Elliott, Head of EA Bright Light studio in the UK where the Harry Potter franchise has its home. “Building on the technological advancements of previous games in the series and with a particular focus on the unique control system of Nintendo’s WiiTM, the team here is working closely with the filmmakers to create an immersive interactive experience that captures the story, the action, the excitement and, above all, the fun of the film. ”

“Working with EA, we look forward to offering fans a compelling Harry Potter video game, one which captures the thrilling storyline and high visual quality of the movie,” said Scott Johnson, Vice President, Business Development for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The adherence to the rich fiction is a trademark of this franchise and with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince fans will experience the most authentic and enjoyable game in the series to date.”

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn't counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

In the game of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, players will return to Hogwarts to help Harry survive a fraught sixth year. They will also have a chance to engage in exciting wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and take to the air to lead the Gryffindor Quidditch team to victory. Players may even get sidetracked by Ron’s romantic entanglements as they journey towards a dramatic climax and discover the identity of the Half-Blood Prince.

Under development by EA Bright Light Studio, the team behind the worldwide success of the Harry Potter library of games, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is scheduled for release in time for the movie launch this fall for the Wii, PLAYSTATION®3, Xbox 360™, PlayStation®2, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Nintendo DS, Windows PC, Macintosh and mobile devices.


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Comment #1 by sdito
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:15:20 PM
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Oh very nice.. I'm looking forward to this game! :p

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Comment #2 by beonit
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:24:33 PM
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me too!

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Comment #3 by hoochie mama 88
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:27:50 PM
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Sweet jamba juice!

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Comment #4 by Mr Arrow
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:32:12 PM
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Please not another "discovery" game.

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Comment #5 by cooldude7011
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:42:06 PM
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nice might get this

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Comment #6 by tmthomsen
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:42:16 PM
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It's EA so anything can happen.

Wands sold seperately.

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Comment #7 by guitarlord
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:53:11 PM
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I guess it looks better than the other HP games so ill probably give it a try

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Comment #8 by ZombieNinjaX
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:53:51 PM
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Comment #9 by vulkean
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 04:58:29 PM
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LOL @ tmthomsen's comment :P

Anyway, I hope it's similar to Order of the Phoenix in the control system and gameplay because I really enjoyed that compared to the older games. I'll be getting this for sure.

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Comment #10 by Jamie Solo
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 05:05:29 PM
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YAY! We can actually fly in this one.

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Comment #11 by quidyg
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 05:14:59 PM
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“We believe that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game represents a milestone in the movie tie-in genre,”

how many times have i heard that before?

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Comment #12 by Wriggy
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 05:46:25 PM
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Could the new Wii-type controller be used in this game? Stay tuned to find out.

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Comment #13 by JakK93
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 06:41:52 PM
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This will be as bad as the other harry potter games

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Comment #14 by jumpinjonny
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 06:44:15 PM
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i am shocked beyond belief a harry potter game to coincide with the new film well i never. the last game was slightly boring (cleaning the school come on) i reckon you should be able to play as voldormort and hunt down dumbledores army

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Comment #15 by Lukee666
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 07:00:38 PM
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cool i thought the order of the pheonix was a petty decent game i'll be getting this when it comes out too i think

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Comment #16 by BlueBerryNinjaX
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 07:00:47 PM
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the last one was good heres hoping this one will be to!

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Comment #17 by moose0003
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 07:20:35 PM
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yes, i really enjoyed OotP. it did go along with the movie, that was the only downfall, but nonetheless still a great game, and FREEROAM. gotta love freeroam.

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Comment #18 by patches4711
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 07:22:39 PM
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Lets hope that they do not have Gobstones!!

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Comment #19 by Keytta
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 07:49:41 PM
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I hope this is better than Harry Potter an the Order of the Housekeepers. After that fiasco I will not be buying any more movie genre games.

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Comment #20 by Capocci 007
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 08:05:28 PM
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OOTP was great. I hope this is as good or better

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Comment #21 by kiwi18
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 08:23:20 PM
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nice. OOTP was good Capocci, one of my favorite magic games to date.

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Comment #22 by Zaxex
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 08:24:24 PM
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It is a movie tie in after all so the priorities are sticking with the story and having it done to coincide with the movie, rather then spend longer to make sure it's great or unique.

i'm not expecting it to be anything special but could be a pretty good adventure game based on a great story.

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Comment #23 by eXtreme 1138
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 08:24:49 PM
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I wonder if the last game will be in two parts like the movie will be... Other wise I really couldn't care about this to be honest.

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Comment #24 by Richmyster6907
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 08:25:33 PM
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No offence to HP fans but please does anyone think this game is going to be any better than the previous ones.....hmmmmmm well I'll wait and see before I say told you so!

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Comment #25 by EL1TExWARRIOR
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 09:18:36 PM
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Harry Potter is annoying...

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Comment #26 by cool4joe
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 09:23:08 PM
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The games have improved a lot from the first one i thought OotP was easily the best and much better than i thought i would just like some multiplayer even if it is just on the same screen like in PoA.

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Comment #27 by J eVeRy DaY 514
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 10:08:21 PM
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let's hope that ron & hermoine won't be in your path and the camera angles wont be as horrendous. if they fix those i think the game might be average.

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Comment #28 by LegitLostLegend
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 10:45:26 PM
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Is this #6?

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Comment #29 by Bitis1078
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 10:51:17 PM
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yes this is #6, and I will get this to add to the other 5 that I have.

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Comment #30 by Cheezbrgr
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 @ 11:46:05 PM
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Comment #31 by nicksan
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 12:02:18 AM
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i second the no gobstones comment.

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Comment #32 by Lordvader178
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 02:52:28 AM
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I like Harry Potter. If the game gets good reviews, i'll have to pick it up. If not, i'll rent it. I plan to see the movie, i've already read the books like 6 times each. Hopefully it will be good.

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Comment #33 by VampireViking
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 02:55:12 AM
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never played the others.. but this looks alright

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Comment #34 by PalmettoPanda
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 06:03:50 AM
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I have high hopes for the game. I haven't finished OOTP yet, but I've enjoyed the parts I've played through and a similarly designed game sounds like fun. I am a franchise fan as well so that increases the chance that I'll enjoy it.

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Comment #35 by L10YD CHRISTMAS
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 06:39:39 AM
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it looks alright

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Comment #36 by Asholay
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 07:40:08 AM
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Yeah - I quite like the Potter games... nice easy point rinsers ;)

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Comment #37 by ezekiel 08
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 07:52:05 AM
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Well OOTP wasn't too bad, it had more to it than the crappy movie did (Like Ron being a Prefect) so I hope this will be better than the movie as they've all gone to shit since after the 2nd one....

God I hate J.K. Rowling, the books were great but EVERYTHING else is bull krud. All these movies/games/toys are just for $$ that greedy bitch.

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Comment #38 by TqureX
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 08:42:39 AM
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if its EA don't be shocked if its crap

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Comment #39 by ZombieNinjaX
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 02:25:38 PM
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Is everyne here like twelve years old? XD

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Comment #40 by Joe Boy 1986
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 02:33:45 PM
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the last one wasn't to shabby. worth a rent.

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Comment #41 by SoulReaver626
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 @ 08:20:18 PM
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The last one was definitely an improvement.Let's just hope this one is just as good with a bit more to it.

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Comment #42 by Unholy
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 @ 01:55:19 AM
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@39 I think they are. Has anybody even noticed that the bokks where awesome. Films Awesome. But the games never reach what we expect. I compleated all of the first 4 games on ps2 and 1,2 where good. 3 was to easy. And fuck me 4 was just crap. Then i got an xbox and played 5. It was the best so far. If they keep with the pattern this one will be good, but 7 will be shit

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Comment #43 by Jazewhitehead
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 @ 05:26:52 AM
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i thought ootp was a refreshing take on the franchise as gof was just shite, saying that ive missed quidditch since CoS and honestly who wanted to fly on a hippogriff gimme a nimbus or firebolt anyday.
i was disapointed in the lack of flying in ootp but hey it wasnt a acarde style game like gof and the graphics did rock back then. so bring on hbp as im sure even if EA screw it up it will have the good ootp stuff plus more of the stuff we miss from previous games

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EA Bright Light
Electronic Arts


US July 01, 2009
Europe July 03, 2009

ESRB: Everyone
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