Today, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is launching their first-of-its-kind experience for PlayStation 3 from SCE London Studios. Using the innovative new PlayStation 3 peripheral, Wonderbook, Book of Spells will transform the world around you with the next step in augmented reality gaming. It is also the first product to result from Sony’s partnership with Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s unique and free-to-use website that builds an exciting online experience around the reading of the Harry Potter books.
Wonderbook: Book of Spells comes to life as you read, allowing you to cast spells with your PlayStation Move motion controller which becomes your own magic wand. Go on a fantastic journey to read and learn the secrets of wizardry and the art of spell-casting, just like a student at Hogwarts. In the words of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, “Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the closest a Muggle can come to a real spellbook. I’ve loved working with Sony’s creative team to bring my spells, and some of the history behind them, to life. This is an extraordinary device that offers a reading experience like no other.”
Fergal Gara, VP & Managing Director for Sony Computer Entertainment UK & Ireland said: “Today’s children are demanding a more engaging and interactive experience in everything they do and parents are facing the pressure to keep up with trends, whilst maintaining traditions. We are excited to be bridging that gap with the launch of Wonderbook fusing the tradition of story-telling with the ground-breaking technology of gaming.”
In the world of Harry Potter, Book of Spells was written over two hundred years ago by Miranda Goshawk the author of The Standard Book of Spells series. Unlike those volumes, Book of Spells can only be found in the ‘Restricted Section’ of the Hogwarts library. It is an advanced textbook for students, which will assist them on their journey to becoming an accomplished witch or wizard. Book of Spells provides students with a safe environment in which to read, discover, learn and practise spells they already know and love, such as Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, as well as discover mischievous notes and spells scribbled into the margins by previous Hogwarts students.
In addition to humorous anecdotal facts relating to the spells, J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum to lead you through the experience, providing insight into what makes a successful witch or wizard, and inviting fans to journey through the book and unlock new tales at the end of each chapter rewarding students for their successful spell-casting. With plenty more projects in the works including Walking with Dinosaurs from the BBC, an exciting partnership with Disney and a quirky new detective title, Diggs Nightcrawler, Wonderbook looks set for a great future. Wonderbook: Book of Spells is out now and Electronic Theatre will keep you updated with future releases for the peripheral.