After years of waiting, fans of massively multiplayer games can finally visit Gotham City and Metropolis — but they’re not getting closer to the corridors of Hogwarts.
The Tuesday launch of DC Universe Online is high stakes for both developer/publisher Sony Online Entertainment and DC’s parent, Warner Bros. , but it turns out that it’s not their only dream project when it comes to massively multiplayer online (MMO) video games. In 2007, Warner and Sony were in negotiations to do an MMO based in the world of Harry Potter, according to people familiar with the business dealings.
The publishing and movie phenomenon would have been the perfect property to draw young players and fantasy fans of all ages into an online world where they could cast spells, attend Hogwarts and battle Voldemort together. However, the negotiations fell apart and Harry Potter MMO remains a pipe dream. That may change, though: Warner Bros. and author J.K. Rowling have expressed an intense focus on keeping Harry Potter alive across the media landscape for years to come and a global online video game still makes a lot of sense, whenever it launches.
– Ben Fritz
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