Ready your wands, students. Harry Potter makes his current generation debut on the PS4 this October with the remaster and re-release of the LEGO Harry Potter games. Years 1-4 and Years 5-7 were originally released on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii and a number of handheld/mobile devices back in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
This new release, which seems to be exclusive to PlayStation 4, sees the combination of both games plus two DLC packs with extra spells and ten additional characters including alternative costumes and the wizards that Hogwarts’ houses are named after.
This collection also says the word “Remaster” which would, to our knowledge at any rate, make this the first officially remastered LEGO game in the LEGO franchise, although not the first to be re-released on a new generation of console. That honour goes to LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga which did see graphical improvements with its Xbox 360/PS3 port but never went as far to say the “R” word.
Personally, I’m very happy for this. I’ve had a hankering for playing the Harry Potter games again, but as I’ve completed them fully on old consoles, I wanted the excuse for a new save to be started. I think that the LEGO Harry Potter games are the most innovative of the LEGO franchises by having the best recreation of areas, the most exciting and genuinely useful abilities wheel that feels much more interesting being spells, and the most expressive comedy given that this was before voice actors were used.
The collection is due out on October 21st for £39.99. Oddly enough, the same day as another Warner Bros. remaster collection, that of the Arkham series. The only thing we need now is a remaster of LEGO Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, combined and with the latter encapsulating the final movie. Then I think I’d be satisfied.