Fans of Harry Potter will be disappointed to learn that the sequel to their favorite magic n’ action video game has been shelved until Summer 2009. The decision is not too surprising, as Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the movie was postponed two weeks ago.
According to the LA Times, Warner Bros. decided to delay the movie because Summer 2009 is looking pretty skimpy due to the effects of this year’s writer’s strike. That’s a big opportunity for Harry Potter franchise, which has mostly banked on holiday releases.
These days, video sales depend on movie tie-ins to really become successful. The coordination of vast entertainment games, toys, and books is a difficult process, so we can be certain that EA CEO John Riccitiello had a difficult juggling act to perform when WB made its decision two weeks ago.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is currently scheduled for release on all the major gaming systems, including: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC, Mac, and mobile cell phone devices.
Thanks to GameSpot for the lead.