|15 New CoS Game Screenshots!!
- Jasen @ 11:26
PM GMT [10.17.02]
BIG thanks to Oledia for this word from
EA have released a bunch of shots of Harry Potter and
the Chamber of Secrets for GBA, Gamecube and PC. With the games and film
hitting the UK on 15 November (22 November for Gamecube), it's good times
ahead for fans of the geeky kid who can turn a trick or two.
As previously reported, graphically, Harry on the PC and
consoles is looking superb. Rich cartoon-style landscapes will be
immediately familiar to Potter fans, and everything from Hogwarts itself to
the dark streets of Diagon Alley will be included in this free-roaming
Spells will obviously play a large role in Harry's
adventures, but this time you'll need to get the incantations spot-on, or
the spell could backfire on Harry or change your target into something
complete different... with hilarious consequences.
The handheld versions are also planning big things, as
the GBA game can be hooked up to a Gamecube, transferring maps, magical
items and bonus spells. The GBC Harry game will be more along the lines of
an RPG adventure but will still include Quidditch matches and a bucket-load
Head on over to the link to check out the screenfest!
Electronic Art's HP Games Website Relaunches
- Jasen @ 11:07
PM GMT [10.17.02]
The Harry Potter games website has finally reopened over at
EA.com, so click the link to check
out info. about the games!
Derek Proud Spills More CoS Game Secrets
- Jasen @ 04:07
PM GMT [10.12.02]
UK CoS game producer, Derek Proud, speaks again, this time with
The Courier Mail asking the questions:
IT WAS only a year ago that we were eagerly awaiting
the release of the Harry Potter games, to accompany the phenomenal success
of the film.
Right on time as we head to the Christmas holidays the
diminutive apprentice wizard is in the headlines again with a new movie and
a host of games just about to materialise in front of our very eyes.
"As you'd imagine, the latest Harry Potter game is
closely based on the film and so you have to work through Harry's second
year at Hogwarts. While there you will learn many more spells and for the
first time really get into the duelling aspect of wizardry," Proud says.
Duelling? "Yes, combat is a major part of Harry's second
year and it is great for us as duelling is a great concept to bring to life
in a videogame," Proud says. "During the game you will learn many spells
which can be used as either defensive or offensive measures and you will
then have to take them with you into the dungeons or other hazardous
situations and use them to help you survive."
J.K. Rowling, author of the amazingly successful Harry
Potter novels, had a lot of input in the games.
"Actually, we have been very lucky there," Proud says.
"Indeed much of the stuff that we have put in the game
which is outside the bounds of the fiction had to be put to her so that she
could approve it and make sure she was happy with the way we were shaping
the Harry Potter universe.
"Rowling seemed to be very happy that we were growing her
fictional world and so she gave us a whole lot of extra fictional material
which she hadn't used in the books to date.
"For example there is a new creature in the game, called
a Gytrash, and it is something she created specifically for us," Proud says.
"The Gytrash is this massive ghostly hound and it looks
really good in the XBox version of the game, which presents the creature as
a glowing translucent form.
"We stuck this animal in forests and came up with lots of
spectral effects which really give this area of the game atmosphere."
...What's the best fun to be had in the game?
"Getting to battle the ghosts and using the Scourge spell
to clean up the ectoplasm is pretty funny. The end stage where you battle
the Basilisk is also extremely absorbing."
More at the link!
CoS Video Game Producer Speaks Out
- Jasen @ 04:02
PM GMT [10.12.02]
From TV Week:
THIS WEEK'S BYTE: AUSSIE MAGIC
An Australian games wizard, Derek Proud, is leading the development of Harry
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets video games in the UK.
How does it feel to be working on a character so precious
"It's a big challenge, but we're confident we're making games that fans of
all ages will love."
...Is Quidditch included?
"We have an entire team working on the Quidditch aspect of the game! We have
refined the Seeker experience to be much more dynamic and fun."
The game is coming out on seven different platforms. Will
they all be out at once?
"Yes, they will all be released with the film, which is out on November 28."
Lucky HP Book Designer Gets Self-Portrait In Game
- Guyermo @
04:58 PM GMT [10.09.02]
Lorien Kiesel is apparently one lucky artist, aside from the various artists
who designed the covers of the Harry Potter books. She has a self portrait
in the CoS game. Click
HP PC Game Executive Producer Talks
- Jasen @ 04:28
PM GMT [10.09.02]
Computer And Video Games has a brief interview with Chris Gray, the
executive producer of the HP PC game. Read it at the link!
New Harry Potter-Themed GameCube Controller
- Jasen @ 11:01
PM GMT [10.03.02]
Planet Gamecube has this:
What you see is what it is. It's a standard GameCube
controller with a turbo feature that has Harry Potter's mug on it. It's due
out before this Christmas to coincide with the Chamber of Secrets movie this
This is just my opinion, but...I personally think the
manufacturer could have made a better HP-themed controller; this is
basically a controller with a couple decals stuck on it.
Never Before Seen CoS Game Footage From E3!!
- Jasen @ 01:25
AM GMT [09.29.02]
Thanks to Aaron for sending this in about the new HP PlayStation (I'm
Chamber of Secrets video game footage! Shown at E3 this
The web page isn't in English, but you can download the trailer simply by
scrolling down to where it says DOWNLOAD and clicking on either the low or
hi-res version. After that i small widow that says "zaradit se do fonty"
will appear..right click on it and select "save target as" to start
download. May take a little time to get started because the servers can get
kinda full. enjoy.
Griptonite Finishes Upcoming Harry Potter Game
- Jasen @ 12:27
PM GMT [09.22.02]
The Seattle Times is reporting that a new HP game has now been
Griptonite just finished a "Harry Potter" game that
must be on the shelves in time for the release of the second movie in
November. And with millions of kids clamoring for all things Harry,
deadlines become increasingly important.
"It's stressful and can absorb your life for a couple of weeks," Connors
said. "But then, all of a sudden, it's out of your hands and that's hard
Griptonite, like many gaming companies, works exclusively
on game production and has nothing to do with marketing or manufacturing.
But it has to do some marketing of its own to win over
Every gaming company would jump (A button, Up key) at the
chance to design "Harry Potter" games. To seal that deal, Griptonite staff
members dressed up as various characters out of the J.K. Rowling novels when
they sold their idea to the publisher. Now, the studio is hard at work on a
"Lord of the Rings" game.
HP Game Developer Has Dispute With Microsoft
- Jasen @ 10:35
AM GMT [08.01.02]
Computer games firm Argonaut has had its new-found
grip on profitability tested by a break-up with software giant Microsoft.
Microsoft has withdrawn from a joint project to develop a
title for its Xbox console, over concerns about a "lack of design clarity",
"The key problem with this project was the lack of a
shared vision," an Argonaut statement said.
An Argonaut spokeswoman added: "When you get creative
teams working together conflict often happens."
The collapse of the deal, aimed to produce a game ready
for release early next year, will have a "moderate impact" on Argonaut's
results for the year to the end of July, Thursday's briefing said.