Earlier today, leaked footage of a possible upcoming Harry Potter game emerged on Reddit. The video, which has since been taken down, was shared by user VapeThisBro, and showed scenes from the Harry Potter universe taking place in a third-person style. At first, many believed that Rocksteady is in charge of development, but other sources claim Avalanche Software as the actual developer.
The video and a short description of the game was shown to the Reddit user as part of marketing test. The original video has been taken down on the basis of a copyright claim from Warner Bros., but is still available via mirrors. According to the post, the footage comes from a third-person open world action RPG game set in the 19th Century Wizarding World.
Shortly after the video took off, people began guessing the developer of the upcoming title. Initially, British video game developer Rocksteady Studios was thought to be the developer, as the company is a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive, owner of the Harry Potters games.
While several facts point to Rocksteady being the developer, other sources, including Eurogamer, point the finger at Avalanche Software. The American video game developer Avalanche Software has previously worked on Disney titles such as Toy Story 3: The Video Game and Cars 2. In 2016, the studio was closed down and development on Disney Infinity was halted. In early 2017, Warner Bros. re-opened Avalanche Software to develop a new Cars game. At the same time, a job post was put up looking for a Senior Writer for the Avalanche story department.
“We are looking for a talented storyteller with a deep understanding of British culture and grammatical presentation,” reads the listing. “Applicants should be creative self-motivated problem solvers who enjoy collaborating with other writers and designers to create an immersive game narrative.”
This information has led us to believe that the leaked Harry Potter video game is being developed by Avalanche Software, not Rocksteady Studios. Eurogamer’s sources believe that the project is “at least a year away from launch.”