Harry Potter fans, it looks like you've got another excuse to dust of your robes and pick up your wands – a new game is coming for smartphones.
Zynga – the studio behind such games as Farmville, Words With Friends and Draw Something – has teamed up Harry Potter IP holder Warner Bros. and developer Portkey Games to create a new game based on J K Rowling's hit series.
The game, which will be called Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells, is the a "match-three puzzler" based in the Harry Potter universe.
So think Candy Crush or Bejewelled, but with Harry Potter elements, and you're in the right ballpark.
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According to a press release, the incoming mobile game that'll launch on iOS, Android, Facebook and Amazon devices, will feature key characters and memorable moments from the book/film series, and the levels will follow a loose story as you work your way through the game.
The game was this week soft-launched in the Philippines, and once the studios involved have done their testing in the region, the game is set to rollout to users worldwide.
At the time of writing, though, no official release date has been given for Harry Potter: Puzzles & Spells at this time (we usually see a period of anywhere from a few weeks to a few months between soft-launch and full launch with mobile games like this).
As per press release, here's what you can expect to experience in the game:
"Proving their magical mettle, players will earn experience points as they progress in the game. From Daily Events to interactive puzzles, players will earn XP to gain new magical abilities and rewards, level up their skills and spells, as well as customise their unique, in-game personas.
"Players will also have the option to form clubs and join forces with other fans to socialise, participate in special in-game cooperative activities and experience the camaraderie of the Wizarding World.
“We are incredibly proud to bring Harry Potter to Zynga's portfolio and are dedicated to creating a game that's worthy of the Wizarding World and its legions of fans,” said Bernard Kim, President of Publishing at Zynga.
“By combining the ubiquity of mobile and the expertise of Zynga’s development team in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, we are crafting a game that will delight fans of all ages around the globe.”
We'll keep you updated as soon as we hear more about this exciting new title.
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