Panda Pop developer Jam City has snapped up a licensing deal for one of the biggest international IPs on the planet to develop a new Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile game.
The title has players taken on the role of a student at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Users can create their own character and progress through each year at the school, participating in magic classes like Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, Duelling Club and more.
The title is set to be launched under Warner Bros’ new label Portkey Games, which is responsible for publishing games around J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World IP, in 2018.
“What an honour it is for Jam City to develop a mobile game for one of the largest and most iconic brands in history,” said Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe.
“As Harry Potter fanatics ourselves, we have great respect for the millions of people throughout the world who have followed the Harry Potter stories for more than 20 years. This game is a labour of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”
Jam City has previously worked on titles such as Panda Pop, Cookie Jam, Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game and Marvel Avengers Academy.
The news comes shortly after Niantic announced its own licensing deal with Warner Bros for a location-based augmented reality game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.