Keep in mind the way it appeared so odd that you could’t play Quidditich in Hogwarts Legacy, although it is essentially the most well-known and standard sport within the wizarding world and central to the story of Harry Potter? Anyway, by no means thoughts that, as a result of in totally unrelated information Warner Bros has revealed an all-new multiplayer set on the planet of Hogwarts known as Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions.

Quidditch Champions got here as an entire shock by means of a tweet that introduced not simply the game, but in addition “restricted playtest signups” that are actually open. It is being developed by Unbroken Studios, the creator of the cancelled Mad Max-style battle royale Fractured Lands, which can be supporting Rocksteady within the growth of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, which was just lately delayed into 2024. It is going to be printed by Portkey Video games, a Warner Bros publishing label devoted to Harry Potter video games.

Considerably unexpectedly given the shock announcement, an FAQ says the mission “has been in growth for a number of years,” which I suppose might have been an element within the choice to exclude Quidditch from Hogwarts Legacy, though nothing has been mentioned in that regard. Neither pricing nor a launch date have been introduced, however will probably be out there for PC and unspecified consoles—and apparently there can be extra to do than simply play Quidditch.

“Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions is an entire, standalone Quidditch expertise,” the FAQ states. “It engages gamers within the sport of Quidditch and different broomstick adventures alongside pals in a aggressive, multiplayer setting.”

The FAQ additionally strongly means that whereas Harry Potter is within the game title, he will not truly be within the game—and, like Hogwarts Legacy, tries to distance itself from Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.

“Whereas Portkey Video games will not be direct diversifications of the books and movies, the video games are firmly rooted within the magical universe of the Wizarding World,” the FAQ states. “Whereas remaining true to JK Rowling’s unique imaginative and prescient, Portkey game builders chart new territory by creating contemporary methods for followers to immerse themselves within the Wizarding World.

“Every expertise supplied below Portkey Video games will happen within the wizarding world and can be genuine to it. J.Ok. Rowling is massively supportive of Portkey Video games and has entrusted the design and creation of the video games to WB Video games and the builders concerned.”

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Rowling’s connection to those video games is controversial due to her steadfastly transphobic politics. As we defined earlier in our report on why players are combating over whether or not or not it is OK to play Hogwarts Legacy, the problem has left followers with a stark and troublesome selection: Flip away from a world they love, or assist an writer whose views they discover repugnant? It was a serious level of competition surrounding Hogwarts Legacy, in addition to the Harry Potter TV sequence just lately introduced by HBO, and it’ll little doubt be the identical for Quidditch Champions.

For now, Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions is taking signups for “restricted” playtests. What precisely the constraints are is not clarified, however you possibly can dive into extra on the official Quidditch Champions Discord server.