Bloomberg has published a new report surrounding the long-rumored Harry Potter RPG, stating plans for a release in late 2021 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The report also emphasizes heightening anxiety around the studio, Avalanche Software, as management has not yet addressed recent transphobic comments made by J.K. Rowling.
Rowling has vocalized transphobic rhetoric before, but tweets made earlier this month are her most outwardly bigoted yet, insinuating that acceptance of transgender people erases the 'lived reality of women'. Understandably, the development team is reportedly growing more uncomfortable with Rowling's hateful comments, according to some anonymous staff speaking with Bloomberg.
Some fans are also trying to reconcile their adoration for the franchise, as Bloomberg shares comments from Felicia Grady, an editor from the Harry Potter fan website MuggleNet. “Based on what I’ve seen from fans, I do believe that Rowling’s comments have had some effect on the level of excitement they have for the Harry Potter RPG or other upcoming content ... We’ve seen comments from fans who no longer wish to support Rowling or the brand financially," she said.
According to the report, the footage that appeared in late 2018 was legitimate, but most other rumors about the game since are not. Additionally, even with a potential sale of Warner Bros. Interactive, the current plan is for the official unveiling of the game to take place sometime after August.