EA to release Harry Potter game with new movie in 2009

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the latest installment of the popular movie series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books, has been pushed back to a Summer 2009 release. Electronic Arts (EA) announced Monday plans to release video games based on the movie, including a Mac game. Those games will be released at the same time as the movie, next summer.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince chronicles Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The story peers into Lord Voldemort’s past and Harry’s preparation for a final confrontation with the evil wizard.

In the game, players engage in wizard duels, mix and brew magical ingredients in Potions class and play Quidditch — the arena game played on broomsticks — as they lead the Gryffindor team to victory. You’ll also join Ron Weasley as he dates Lavender Brown and tries to sort out his relationship with Hermione Granger.

The game is being developed by EA’s Bright Light Studios, which has been responsible for past Harry Potter games. Although no announcement has been made confirming it, EA’s Macintosh efforts for the past two years have been dominated by a partnership with TransGaming, which makes “Cider” translation layer technology to enable Intel-based Macs to play games originally developed for Windows PCs.

EA’s press release also mentions that a version of the game will be targeted at mobile platforms.

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