Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is a video game currently being developed by EA’s Bright Light Studio and will be published by Electronic Arts.
Before the release of the film, EA has revealed plans to introduce Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 1 videogame with a mode specially designed to be played with the Kinect for Xbox 360.
The gameplay for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I will be different from the previous games after developers decided the game required a new direction to suit its growing adult audience.The player will control the character Harry Potter from a third person over-the-shoulder camera, and will be played in the style of a third-person shooter.The Deathly Hallows: Part I game will include a progression system where Harry gains experience and can upgrade his spells.
Combat in Deathly Hallows: Part I will involve casting spells by tapping the buttons (each a different spell) on the d-pad. The player will be able to change the spells on the d-pad by going to the menu and selecting the weapon wheel.Spells that have so far been included in Deathly Hallows: Part I include Stupefy, Expelliarmus, Confringo, Confundo, Wingardium Leviosa, Protego, Expecto Patronum, Crucio, Impindimenta, and a Four-Points spell that points which way to go.The spells will also have an effect on enemies and the environment with the player being able to use Wingardium Leviosa to throw objects at other players or to clear paths and the Confundo spell being able to make the enemy fight for the player (which is used in a sniper point of view).Head shots will also be a feature in the game with the player being able to control Harry to aim a spell at their opponent’s head.Part of the combat sequences will involve the cover-based gameplay to protect themselves against their opponent until it has been destroyed.
Potions will once again be involved with the player being able to mix Exploding Fluid, Elixir of Life (used for regaining health), Felix Felicis and Polyjuice Potion (for stealth missions).
As for users of the Kinect, they can not only avail of exclusive challenges but also play the game in single as well as multiple player options. Playing as Harry, Ron or Hermione, gamers can cast magic through the screen and overcome the enemies through physical gestures. Additionally, owners are offered the fluid targeting system and leaderboard scoring in the co-op mode.
The game will be released on 16 November 2010 in the United States and on 19 November 2010 in the United Kingdom, France, India and Australia to coincide with the film’s release date. The game will be released on the Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Mobile platforms.
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