Warner Bros. has made it crystal clear that they do not want the author's personal remarks to get in the way of fans purchasing their new video game. Developed by Swedish video game developer Avalanche, who have created the likes of the 'Just Cause' franchise and 'Rage 2' comes a new entry in the series based on the book of the author.
With the announcement of the new 'Harry Potter' game 'Hogwarts Legacy' alongside the PS5 showcase earlier this week, publisher Warner Bros. has uploaded a FAQ section for the video game on their website - outlining that nope, author J.K. Rowling had no involvement in the project.
The FAQ section asks: "What is J.K. Rowling’s involvement with the game? Is this a new story from J.K. Rowling?"
The answer is plain and simple: "J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World. This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling."
Considering the Twitter-storm that Rowling is creating once again, Warner Bros. has made the decision to differentiate the author's involvement from their own team's, which will be welcomed by fans whose opinions on the author may have changed in recent times. Rowling has been causing controversy for her most recent book, while also upsetting the trans community for her comments towards "people who menstruate" earlier this year.
Yes, it does mean that she will undoubtedly be profiting off of the video game's release. But let's not dwell on this - 'Hogwarts Legacy' looks like the spellcasting game fans have been waiting to play, ever since the first encounter with 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' on the Playstation 1 nearly 20 years ago.
This new entry in the Wizarding World franchise will be set in the late 1800s, many years before anything we've seen or read thus far, opening up a realm of new and exciting magical characters to be introduced.
Here's the trailer for 'Hogwarts Legacy' to get you all fired up for a trip back to Hogwarts. The game will be released on PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro, Xbox Series X and Xbox One X, and PC in 2021.