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You’re a wizard too — Jam City announces Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery mobile RPG

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

It’s no stretch to say that despite the truly dark things that happen toward the end of the book and movie series, there’s a certain amount of wish fulfillment in all things Harry Potter. There’s a lot of enjoyment to be had (and money to be made, as Universal Studios Florida nods silently in agreement) in convincing people that they are the wizards in those famous J.K. Rowling stories.

We’re getting another way to make that wish come true next year. Jam City announced that it is partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a “story-driven mobile RPG” that will let players pick their own path into the Wizarding World.

(One most often leading to Hufflepuff, probably!)

Hogwarts Mystery will feature a pretty full curriculum, by the sound of things, including Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions and Duelling Club, and Jam City says that “most of the iconic professors from the Harry Potter stories reprise their roles in the game” for that extra bit of authenticity. The game is being developed by Portkey Games, a new WBIE offshoot devoted strictly to working on Harry Potter titles, which sounds like a bit of a wish granted in and of itself.

You can already pre-register for updates, as one does, and visit the game’s official Facebook page for more details. We’ll keep an eye out for owls that might bring word of a release date when that time draws nearer, but until then, better limber up your wand arm and hit those books.

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Hearthstone’s Kobolds & Catacombs Expansion Hits Dec. 7

There’s something about an ampersand that just immediately calls to mind a fantasy role-playing setting. Call it the D&D effect. Whatever it is, that’s the correct vibe for the new Kobolds & Catacombs expansion for Hearthstone that arrives soon: as in December 7 in North America (sorry Europe, but you’ll have to wait one more day).

Along with 135 new cards, the centerpieces of Kobolds & Catacombs is Dungeon Runs, the special single-player content that sends Hearthstone gamers underground to encounter mysterious dungeons in a replayable, roguelike format with 48 possible encounters. Some of them will probably be with kobolds, or so we’d guess.

On the card front, look for a new Keyword called Recruit, two new card types (Spellstones and Unidentified Items) and nine new Legendary Weapons, one for each class. You’ll get one of them for free the first time you log in after Kobolds & Catacombs goes live, along with three free Kobolds & Catacombs card packs.

If you’re brave enough to go adventuring, you can take advantage of three sequential, one-time Dungeon Runs that also award a Kobolds & Catacombs card pack upon successful completion. So unless our math is very bad and not just kind of bad like we think, that’s a total of six new card packs just for checking out the expansion and playing it.

Of course, some people just can’t wait for any new Hearthstone expansion, and if you’re in that category, you can pre-order 50 Kobolds & Catacombs packs in-game right now for $49.99. Doing so will also earn you the FOR THE HOARD card back, and you can use it now.

And if you somehow have made it all this way and have been too sheepish to admit you don’t know what a kobold is, Blizzard has arranged for some help in that area too. If you tune in to the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel at 7 p.m. Pacific/10 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 30, you can catch a special kobold-themed episode of Critical Role, where professional voice actor Matthew Mercer will lead an intrepid band of six through a tablketop roleplaying adventure that will take them into the catacombs to face, you guessed it, kobolds. That’s good branding.

That should be all the urging you need to jump back into Hearthstone soon, but just in case you need more details on the cards from the expansion, they’re available on the Hearthstone site. Good luck with those kobolds, and don’t tell them we said this, but they’re kind of nasty.

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Rusty Lake: Paradise Gets Its First Fantastically Creepy Trailer

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We’ve been keeping an excited eye on the next entry in the Rusty Lake series since it was mysteriously teased back in May with a lone screenshot. In August, the development team officially announced the title of the upcoming premium entry would be Rusty Lake: Paradise. And now, this week, Rusty Lake has shared the first teaser trailer with tantalizing hints of gameplay footage.

We already know from past development blogs that Rusty Lake: Paradise will take place on an island in the eponymous body of water several hundred years before the events of the more recent entries. It follows a family dealing with a series of plagues and rituals involving everything from frogs to blood-sucking mosquito men. This trailer shows us many of the screenshots we’ve already seen but in action, alongside some new footage featuring a drum ritual, a mysterious constellation clock, and the ever-present corrupted soul visible in the shadows of a bonfire. A group of ghostly people stand around a boat while wearing animal masks that match the characters from Rusty Lake: Hotel, possibly giving us a glimpse of who those creatures were before they became the iconic Mr. Deer, Mr. Rabbit, Mrs. Pigeon, Mr. Boar, and Ms. Pheasant.

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While there is still no official release date, the end of the trailer confirms Rusty Lake: Paradise should be out “this winter” on iOS, Android, and PC. That could mean any time from December through early 2018, making this the longest break between Cube Escape and Rusty Lake releases since the series’ first launched in April 2015. This is certainly time well spent, however, as the team explained in their development blog accompanying the trailer that they are working on incorporating the wonderfully unsettling soundtrack and voice acting the series has always used to such great effect, as well as integrating a large achievement system. We’ll be keeping an ear out for any more news, but you can stay on top of their latest updates by following Rusty Lake on Twitter.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Reportedly Coming to Mobile

You may have noticed that mobile titles very similar to the “it” console game of the moment, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, are making their way onto the app stores. The battle royale genre is hot, and it’s not surprising that developers are looking to capitalize on that heat.

But what if the original simply showed up on iOS and Android to claim the throne for itself?

(Insert multiple thinking face emojis here.)

That’s reportedly in the works. We’re relying on Droid Gamers for their translation of this article on a Chinese language website, but we’ve also verified it with the awesome power of Google Translate. Tencent is indeed working on a mobile version of Battlegrounds — which will be separate from but as similar as possible to the game you already know and love — with an eye on an initial release in China.

The expectation, then, would be that it would spread to the rest of the world from there. Tencent certainly knows its way around massively popular video games, as it is the parent company of Riot Games, creator of League of Legends. It also owns a majority stake in Supercell, so it makes bank from Clash of Clans and Clash Royale as well.

All of that is just another way of pointing out that a global mobile release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds would be well within Tencent’s established M.O. and area of expertise. We’ll keep our eyes and ears perked for possible launch details both abroad and here in North America, but in the meantime, those other battle royale games better gather their player bases now, because the king appears to be stirring and eyeing up our phones and tablets sooner rather than later.

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Marvel Strike Force Looks Like Another Marvel Game You Need in Your Life

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Marvel has shut down a bunch of games based on its characters within recent years, and continues to do so. But the “hope springs eternal” feeling is still strong when it comes to their characters because more games are constantly on the way, and Marvel Strike Force looks like one worth checking out.

A product of FoxNext Games, and specifically a team of ex-Kabam developers, Marvel Strike Force lets you team up heroes and villains (because there’s almost always a reason for villains to be on your team in these things) to combat a greater threat from beyond. The announce trailer, which you can see below, promises members of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and more.

Details on the gameplay are scarce on the official website, but it certainly looks like 5v5 strategic combat, otherwise known as the Marvel equivalent to Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. I’m probably not alone in saying I’d be cool with that.

The commenters on that video raise a number of interesting points. Why is there so much emphasis on the characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Does this mean no X-Men or Fantastic Four characters? Will there be live PvP?

The answers are likely “you know why,” hopefully and probably not in that order, but I’m prepared to be surprised to the upside all the way around. No release date has been revealed yet for Marvel Strike Force, but you can pre-register now for either iOS or Android, and we’ll be waiting impatiently for more details.

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