Hey, guess what. Executives thought that the Harry Potter franchise wouldn’t last, so they canceled a MMO for it.
Yep, you heard me. In fact, an ex-EA employee revealed this news. Kim Salzer, the ex-EA Director of Product Marketing, shared the news in an interview on Original Gamer Life. There, she explained that her team worked on a Harry Potter MMO. They spent tons of research on the game and even made a beta, which combined online and offline modes. However, EA executives ended the project and erased it.
According to Salzer, the company was “going through some changes” at the time and didn’t believe the Harry Potter franchise would last. When she worked at EA, two of the Harry Potter films were already released, but the executives didn’t believe in the hype. After the franchise blew up, Brandon Sivret, another employee at EA, realized his mistakes. He even commented that “the world needs to know what could have been.”
Now, everyone knows Harry Potter whether they’re a fan or not. They’ve released 7 books, 8 main movies, 2 spin-off movies, and a third spin-off, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, coming in 2022. There’s even an HBO Max special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, that will include original cast members like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and more.
Even though the MMO was canceled, there seems to be another game to replace it. I’ve talked about Hogwarts Legacy already, but it’s a Harry Potter game where the player can create a character and live in Hogwarts. It’s set before the events of Harry Potter, but not much else is known. The team behind it, Avalanche, promises to deliver more updates in 2022. Until then, we have to wait for the future of Hogwarts.