In what can be called the most unsurprising announcement this week, Warner Bros Interactive and Electronic Arts has announced that it will be making a game adaptation of the film adaptation of the book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Electronic Arts has previously made every single Harry Potter
game for every single console in existence.
If that wasn't enough for you, the title will launch on or around the release of the film version of Order of the Phoenix
, July 2007, just to make sure it can capitalize on the massive success of the film franchise without worrying about pithy things like game quality. With the exception of Chamber of Secrets, which managed a metacritic score of 77, all of the Harry Potter game adaptations have scored in the mid-to-high 60s.
The Order of the Phoenix
game will come out for three Nintendo systems (DS, GBA, and Wii), three PlayStations (PS 2, 3 and P), and two Microsoft formats (Xbox 360 and Windows PC). Both the GameCube and original Xbox are now officially forgotten.
A new 20-second teaser for the film can be found -- for some reason or another -- at the website
for Warner Bros.' Happy Feet.