Harry Potter MMORPG Wizarding World Online Kickstarter begins

When a Harry Potter MMORPG was announced, fans of the series jumped with joy; but when a mere week later the project was put on hold probably due to a legal dispute with Warner Bros, disappointment settled in. However, developer Bio-Hazard Entertainment immediately announced it was working on World of Magic, a similarly themed MMORPG.

Nearly a year later, the studio is ready to reveal more about the project, including the Kickstarter page and the new name: The Wizarding World Online. This is still very much a Harry Potter MMORPG, since it is set in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter universe. However, we're still unsure about how development will actually go this time – despite the update and it being dubbed as a ‘fan project', it seems strange for an inexperienced studio to ask for $100.000 to simply fund a prototype: “Our $100,000 goal is not to fund the entire production from start to finish, but to produce a product that will draw interest from potential publishers and investors who will fund the rest of this development.”

Although the prospect of a Harry Potter MMORPG is a very interesting one, The Wizarding World Online seems to be on shaky IP ground, so we suggest you keep an eye out on further developments.

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  • Vince

    “To fund a prototype”?

    Beyond the legalities, this is a big ole’ no-no.

    Very talented teams and developers head to Kickstarter every day, and the LEAST they can do to prove their passion/skill is bring a prototype to cut a trailer to, at least. No one should give cash to a team with an ambitious idea and absolutely nothing to show in the way of actually being able to pull it off.

    *clicks the KS link anyway*

    Haha. Canceled already. At about $5k in. (sigh)

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  • Vince

    You know what this reminds me of? That sh**-show that happened around the Areal Kickstarter and the claim to “Stalker” (versus, “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.”) and all the jazz. Man, that was a mess.

    People should NOT be seeking to do that kind of thing with any property. Harry Potter included here.

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    • freemmostation

      Wow! It was canceled already indeed, I didn’t think it would happen so fast!

      No reason was yet given, but it all smells of copyright issues, just as it was the case the first time. Why don’t they try an original magic world instead of going for all the Harry Potter thing again? I mean, Wizard101 is pretty much the only decent magic MMO I can remember right now…

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