Latest Potter control details conjured up

Electronic Arts has revealed new details concerning the control aspect for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix videogame on the Nintendo Wii, the first title in the franchise’s history to feature motion-sensing wand control – or any gesture-based interactivity for that matter.

While the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 versions will stick with traditional analogue stick control, both the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3 versions promise to make playing the game that little bit more special. Of course, we’re concerned here primarily with what Nintendo’s little white machine has to offer, so you might want to skim over the PS3 snippets in the following, parts of the conversation Gamespot had with Order of the Phoenix’s executive producer, Harvey Elliot:

“Instead of pressing buttons to fire off specific spells, we use each console’s unique controls,” he said.

“So if you want to use ‘depulso’ to push an object away from you, you press the right analog stick forward on the 360 and PS2, you push the SixAxis controller away from you on the PS3, and, of course, you flick your ‘wand’ away from you on the Wii,” Elliott added.

Other features to use motion gestures include igniting objects, for which you must “slide the SixAxis or Wii Remote from side to side as though you were lighting a match.”

HPatOotP is set to show off Wii Remote’s wizardry!

Elliot continued, explaining that the game will be full to the brim with humorous mini-games and scenarios, “such as turning a courtyard into a swamp or pouring potions into a tannoy system.” He also promised that EA has been working hard to make sure that the game is an exact representation of the book and upcoming film, a revelation that will go some way to pacify the purists in J.K Rowling’s merry band of millions across the world.

“We followed the movie storyline very closely, supported by the fiction from the books as you explore locations or narrative threads that we don’t visit in the films,” said Elliott.

Order of the Phoenix is based on the fifth instalment of the Harry Potter series, and is set for released on July 6, a week prior to the film’s opening screenings. The plotline follows the be-speckled protagonist’s return to Hogwarts, only to discover that much of the wizard community is in denial about his encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. As is the tradition with film and videogame tie-ins, a multi-format release is the on the cards, with releases for the title on the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance too.

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