Electronic Arts once had the property rights to create an MMO using the tradition of Harry Potterit is Wizarding World, but the company didn’t seem to think the license had much resistance, canceling all production on the game – a move that must seem unthinkable with the upcoming release of Hogwarts Legacy. The enthusiasm aroused by this news Harry Potter game shows that there is still a lot of potential for an MMO set in the wizarding world, and with Hogwarts Legacy due to release during the holidays of 2022, there may well be an MMO to follow in the next few years now that the license has passed into EA’s hands.
Electronic Arts has become known in recent years for shutting down projects, including canceling Amy Hennig’s. star wars Game. This has often been a cause of consternation among disappointed fans, and perhaps no example is more relevant now than the cancellation Harry Potter MMO that is undoubtedly looked at in a new light with the buzz around Hogwarts Legacy.
The Harry Potter The franchise began with a novel in 1997, with the first film due out a few years later in 2001. EA became the licensee in 2000, producing a number of games for the franchise until it lost the license in 2011. The franchise has stood the test of time, but in the early 2000s EA seems to have been less certain, canceling plans for an MMO in 2002
Hogwarts Legacy shows there’s still demand for a Harry Potter MMO in 2022
In 2017, Warner Brothers created a new publishing label called Portkey Games, and this is the label under which the upcoming 2022 Hogwarts Legacy will come out. The game is being developed by Avalanche Software, and despite the holiday 2022 release date, a recent leak suggests Hogwarts Legacy could come out even sooner. Hogwarts Legacy will have an original story set in a time period that has not been explored in any Harry Potter media so far, and will be a single-player open-world RPG that will allow the player to create their own wizard and embark on their journey to Hogwarts as a newly enrolled fifth-year student. For many, it’s a dream come true in concept, though it won’t quite be the living online school some might have hoped for since EA owned the IP.
The closest thing to an open world Potter title that has been released so far was the movie related game for The order of the Phoenix, and even that isn’t open world in any real sense, and certainly didn’t approach anything like an MMO. Of course, neither Hogwarts Legacywhich will not have a multiplayer mode, but this fact continues to leave a free place for a Harry Potter multiplayer game like EA’s canceled MMO project.
The success of Hogwarts Legacy will likely determine the potential for a future MMO for those still waiting for the dream. EA may have wanted to wait a Harry Potter MMO when the franchise was in its infancy, but in 2011 the potential for such a project was probably much more apparent. However, since EA lost the license and spent its time focusing almost solely on movie tie-ins, the company lost its chance on a much bigger and more lucrative project. The IP has only grown over the years, becoming a grassroots media franchise similar to star wars Where The Lord of the Rings. EA had a potential golden hen within its grasp, but ultimately gave up the chance to turn to Warner Brothers. Whereas Hogwarts Legacy maybe not the Harry Potter An MMO that some fans have been dreaming about, the future is certainly bright for the franchise, and a Hogwarts-focused multiplayer adventure just might be happening down the line.