Beijing-based NetEase is a gaming giant, with exclusive rights to Blizzard titles in China. It also makes its own games including Knives Out and Onmyoji, and owns the Shanghai Dragons Overwatch team.
It looks like the latest Harry Potter game could come to China first. A preorder link is circulating on Chinese social media for Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, a mobile game from NetEase.
Magic Awakened is a card game with role-playing elements, according to a press release from Warner Bros and NetEase. They’re jointly developing the game, which will be launched under the brand of Portkey Games -- a Harry Potter-focused gaming label that was responsible for Wizards Unite, built on the same technology as Pokémon Go.
The game will feature “magic spells, characters and fantastic beasts that are well known by fans,” according to NetEase, as players collect and use magic cards to fight with other wizards. Players who use the preorder link here can get a virtual wand to use when the game is officially available.