The dream of being a witch or wizard at Hogwarts is still alive for many, it seems. Just look at the hype surrounding Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, which will let you be your own custom character and live a full school life at the school.
Sweet, right? Well, Jam City dropped a new trailer for the game yesterday, and the reaction so far has been, well, mixed to say the least.
On the one hand, Twitter has been ablaze with hyperbole as expectant fans clamour for a release:
WHAT UGYVGsgvuvguswvvu8 I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW — Jess | Shawn? (@JessicaxLamb) March 2, 2018
Hogwarts Mystery game is going to consume my life wow amazing — Mon Petit (@slamcef) March 2, 2018
I’m so excited for this Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery game! ??? I’m ready to live my Slytherin lifestyle ?? and live in my room, or should I say Slytherin dorm literally for forever. @HogwartsMystery — ???????????? ?? (@HarmanPadda_) March 2, 2018
And to be fair to them, that trailer does have a lot going for it. We found at least five cool things teased within, including the fact that you can choose your own House, and might even get into some romantic entanglements.
But not everyone is a fan of the fact that the Sorting Hat is taking a backseat role this time around:
My only issue with the new #HarryPotter mobile game @HogwartsMystery a player should not be able to choose their house. What ever happened to getting a proper sorting!? — Mr. Moe (@MunsterMoe) March 2, 2018
Others took issue with the free-to-play trappings, in particular the energy system:
My only complaint about @HogwartsMystery is the STUPID ENERGY SYSTEM!! I'd like to be able to finish a task without waiting for energy pls?! Thanks! Other than that, great! — Kayla (@AcousticArtist1) March 2, 2018
And some fans have already got their hands on the game, though they don't have particularly nice things to say about it:
everyone hyping harry potter:hogwarts mystery is gonna be so disappointed IT WAS SO BAD I DIDNT EVEN FINISH THE FIRST YEAR ASDFGHJKL it was nothing like what we wanted — Minh!1!1 (@minhnimumpoint) March 2, 2018
Got into the beta test for HP Hogwarts Mystery btw and it's so awfully dull. I've seen fanmade games that were way better. 50% hype, 20% energy system, 20% bad OCs and 10% just trying to make some cash off the franchise — Ren (@alcoholicrevo) March 1, 2018
Of course, any free-to-play game using a big brand is bound to have its detractors, so there's still a chance that it won't be as bad as some people are saying… right?
Ultimately, it looks like Twitter user Gabriel Bergmoser has summed up the entire game in just one sentence:
Well, that Hogwarts Mystery game looks straight up atrocious and I'm straight up downloading it. — Gabriel Bergmoser (@gobergmoser) March 2, 2018
Ah well. We won't know for sure how good the game is until it actually launches, so keep an eye out for our own opinions in the near future.
Of course, Harry Potter fans can also look forward to Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launching at some point this year, which will provide a Pokemon GO spin on the magical franchise.
Is it really wise to release two games using the same huge franchise in one year? Well, we think it could be.