Fans of J.K. Rowling's uber-successful series of wizardly novels
received some heartbreaking news Friday -- the film adaptation
of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
has been delayed from its initial release date
of November 21, 2008 to a distant July 17, 2009. Electronic Arts has yet to announce how this major delay will affect the release window of their similarly titled video game adaptation
of the film/book, though many gaming industry analysts, such as Signal Hill's Todd Greenwald, are predicting that EA will follow suit
, with hopes that the film will whip up a Half-Blood
frenzy that will boost sales of the game.
The repercussions of a Potter
game delay could be bad for Electronic Arts, as both their holiday profits and fiscal 2009 revenue could take a hit without the title -- however, it could mean good news for those waiting on a truly stellar Harry Potter video game
. Greenwald claims the title is "pretty much done and ready", meaning a delay would give EA an extra eight months to perfect the movie tie-in. We'll let you know what EA decides to do once they make an official statement.