Netease has just announced Harry Potter: Magic Awakened during its 520 conference, happening today. It’s an upcoming RPG currently in development at Portkey Games, that sees you play as a brand new student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You get sorted into a house by that dusty old hat, study in various different classes, and head off on adventures with your classmates.
Thought we can’t confirm right now, it appears that multiplayer plays a big part. We witnessed what appears to be other players wandering around your house dorm, and the few battle sequences, which take place during adventures, involve working with your friends (and, presumably, strangers) to battle off a wide variety of fantastic creatures.
You do so by playing cards, which represent various different spells, onto the battlefield. It’s kind of like Clash Royale in that respect. It also appears that there are a wide variety of spells to unlock, and you can check the details of any spells in your arsenal at any point by rifling through your spellbook.
When not studying or making a general nuisance of yourself, you can wander around popular wizarding world locations. We got a good look at Hogwarts, naturally, as well as the Forbidden Forest and Diagon Alley.
Harry Potter: Magic Awakened enters open beta on May 29 across iOS and Android, though only for users in China. There is no word about a western release yet, but given the sheer amount of spoken and written English on display in the trailer, we’d be very surprised if this didn’t launch across the world.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more. In the meantime, go ahead and check out the official site to grab as much information as you can.