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Quidditch Champions: Everything We Know

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It's been a good twenty years since Electronic Arts first brought Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup to light, and only now, in the aftermath of Hogwarts Legacy, has Warner Bros. decided to rekindle its wick by way of introducing Quidditch Champions. And while we're on the subject—no, it won't have anything to do with Portkey Games' Hogwarts Legacy. We see what you did there, WB.

This explains a lot — the absence of quidditch in the recently released RPG, for starters. And while this pretty much hammers the nail in the coffin for any post-launch DLC coming to fruition, it does mean we can stop badgering WB about it. Instead, we'll be casting our eye on Quidditch Champions, the upcoming multiplayer game that'll supposedly bridge the gaps Hogwarts Legacy left behind earlier this year. To some extent, anyway.

So, what more do you need to know about it, and when can we expect to see it grace consoles and PC? Well, here's everything we've been able to scrape together on the matter since Portkey Games first lifted the veil. Quidditch Champions: what, when, and above all, why?

What Is Quidditch Champions?

Quidditch Champions is an upcoming competitive multiplayer game by Unbroken Studios, a firm best known for its battle royale entry Fractured Lands. Going by what's been said so far, the Harry Potter-themed sports chapter will allow for avid flyers and broomstick enthusiasts to step out onto the field and take flight as an up-and-coming quidditch player, either alone, or online.

Of course, given the fact that neither Unbroken Studios nor Portkey Games have announced a release date yet, it's fair to say that a few gaps remain to be molded over. That said, we do know that the game will be heading to consoles and PC at some point. Also, playtests will be available to those who register their interest over on the official site here. It is worth noting, however, that not all who submit their credentials will be invited to test it.

Story

It's quidditch, so don't expect anything even remotely convoluted as far as potential storylines go. If we're lucky, then we'll see a rags-to-riches type of journey—one that may just depict a weary broomstick handler ascending the leaderboard via a traditional championship or global circuit scenario. It's hard to say at this point, though if the history of competitive sports games has taught us anything, it's that stories rarely ever break the fourth wall.

On a side note, the elevator pitch that launched in tandem with the playtest reveal did go on to say that players will create their own characters and embark on “broomstick adventures.” Is this Portkey Games' way of saying there will, in fact, be a story mode? It's too early to tell, though clearly there'll be far more than generic matches to tuck into come launch day.

Gameplay

Seeing as Portkey Games has some level of involvement in Quidditch Champions, it's safe to say that it'll feature gameplay in a similar vein as Hogwarts Legacy. But having said that, given the speed and aggressiveness of the sport, it's bound to be slightly more high-octane than the usual broomstick challenges in the latter. Again, it's hard to say exactly how it'll play, though it's fair to say that Hogwarts Legacy certainly helped lay the foundations for the mechanics.

Of course, we do have Quidditch World Cup to compare it to. That said, at this point it seems slightly irrelevant, and not to mention outdated. Point is, we wouldn't suggest slugging through the 2003 entry as a way to get a leg up on the competition just yet. If you should compare it to anything, then it should be Hogwarts Legacy, respectively.

Development

According to the devs,  Quidditch Champions has been in active development for several years. This of course explains why Hogwarts Legacy didn't integrate the sport into base game, and instead decided to sweep it under the rug entirely. As it turned out, Portkey Games had already begun to spin another web elsewhere, all while keeping it under the cover of darkness. Well played, we say.

Right now, we can't say for certain when Quidditch Champions will launch, only that it'll be heading to consoles and PC. It hasn't been said yet whether or not it'll supper ex-gen hardware. If Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions do happen to pop up, then the announcement will more than likely come in the form of either a gameplay trailer, or a PR.

Trailer

Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions - Playtests Sign-Up Teaser Trailer

Wondering whether or not Unbroken Studios has released a trailer for the game yet? Well, there's good news and bad news on that part, as technically yes—there is a trailer that outlines the  upcoming playtests. But that's about as far as it goes, meaning we're still without a real glimpse of what Quidditch Champions will look like. Whatever the case, you can see it for yourself in the video embedded above.

Release Date, Platforms & Editions

Unfortunately, there is no end in sight for Quidditch Champions. However, given the fact that its playtests are due to launch relatively soon, it does mean the game is in a playable state—if only barely. So, if we had to put a pin on it, then we'd wager a loose 2024 launch. But don't take our word for it.

At this moment in time, neither of the developers have mentioned any special editions or pre-order bonuses outside of the standard copy. If anything of the sort does come knocking, then either of the two will no doubt staple the details to the respective websites.

For more updates on Quidditch Champions, you can check in with the official social feed here. If anything interesting pops up ahead of its launch, we'll be sure to fill you in on all the key details right here on gaming.net.

 

So, what's your take? Will you be picking up a copy of Quidditch Champions when it drops? Let us know your thoughts over on our socials here.

Jord is acting Team Leader at gaming.net. If he isn't blabbering on in his daily listicles, then he's probably out writing fantasy novels or scraping Game Pass of all its slept on indies.