Global Release Trailer for “Harry Potter: Magic Awakened” Featured at NetEase Connect 2022 Event
Fans were given a new look into Harry Potter: Magic Awakened at NetEase Connect 2022. The event was livestreamed by NetEase Games, one of the biggest game developers and publishers, and showcased both new and existing games, like The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, Once Be Human, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, and of course, Magic Awakened. This immersive collectible card role-playing and massively multiplayer online (MMO) game allows players to become a part of the wizarding world. They have the chance to customize their characters, shop for school supplies in Diagon Alley, be Sorted into their Hogwarts Houses in a Sorting Ceremony, learn spells and charms, and join the Dueling Club to challenge other players in real time.
The official trailer presented at the event shows players in their everyday lives and then shows their characters doing similar actions in the wizarding world. The trailer shows that players have the chance to ride the Hogwarts Express, explore the school library, play Quidditch for their House, and attend a ball in the Great Hall.
The English version of the game is now in testing and is available for preregistration. It was announced on Monday that the game has already reached one million preregistrations, and as a reward, players will receive 1,000 gold and a Library Pass, which contains five spell cards.
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Android Police’s Matthew Sholtz wrote a glowing review of the game’s beta version, calling it “the most polished Harry Potter mobile game we’ve seen to date.” He featured the first hour of the English version’s gameplay in his review and mentioned that because it is still in testing, there are some remaining bugs to fix and some functions are not yet available.
Magic Awakened previously announced a collaboration with Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Players who preregister for the game will receive a special Fantastic Beasts-themed card pack. The game is built around collecting animated cards, which can build up to become very powerful decks and help players in battles.
It has not yet been launched worldwide but is currently available in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, where it has been downloaded over 50 million times. Sholtz said the game has a pay-to-win structure, which explains why, in its first two months, the game generated over $228 million in the Google Play and Apple App Stores. Though it was only released in September in those countries, it became the biggest game launch in 2021. The game is set for a global launch in 2022 on PC and mobile Android and iOS devices.