Warner Bros. announces ‘Harry Potter for Kinect’

Joining the Xbox 360 Kinect bandwagon now are Warner Bros., with their latest title for the gaming system – Harry Potter for Kinect.

As the title suggests, the game will allow fans of Harry Potter to interact with the stories in a whole new way. There has been the traditional games, the LEGO versions of the games as well as Pottermore, with new content from J.K. Rowling and now, the chance to be physically part of the stories. Harry Potter for Kinect focusses on all eight of the Harry Potter films – from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hallows Part 2, and allows players to join all their favourite characters on the journey through Hogwarts. The fact that every story is included makes for a far more coherent gaming experience, and means that there is no need to purchase separate titles later on.

Having all the titles rolled into one gives Harry Potter fans the opportunity to enjoy all of the most memorable parts of each story. For instance, visiting Diagon Alley and Ollivander’s; being sorted into a Hogwarts House; and not to mention battling it out with the evil Lord Voldemort and his Death Eaters in the high-octane final battles. Additionally, there are multiplayer capabilities, with players able to take others on, or join forces with friends in co-op modes.

The addition of Xbox Kinect to the gaming experience allows players to play the games without a handheld controller, and can instead cast spells through physical gestures and by calling out the various spell names. This will certainly make for a far more immersive experience for every player. Not only that, but Harry Potter for Kinect allows players to scan in their faces and make a unique wizard to go through the stories with, instead of playing as one of the series’ characters.

Senior Vice President of production and development for Warner Bros. interactive entertainment, Samantha Ryan, said: “Harry Potter for Kinect will engage Harry Potter fans old and new by bringing them into the wizarding world as truly active participants […] Kids and parents will enjoy recreating their favorite Harry Potter adventures, from flying a broomstick in a Quidditch match, to battling pixies and duelling other wizards.”

Logically, Harry Potter for Kinect requires the Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, and is therefore only available for Xbox 360 at this time. Harry Potter for Kinect is set for release in the Autumn, but you can check out the trailer below for more.

Sam Osborne

Currently completing his A-Levels, Sam is the one of the youngest members of the imediamonkey team, and one of the film, gaming and technology reporters for the site. He's a big fan of all types of music, as well as films and games. In his spare time, Sam also enjoys a spot of photography, reading and some web design.

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