For many gamers, November 13th 2012 is a date that’s already circled in red on the calendar. Thanks to Sony, a whole new generation of gamers have a good reason to look forward to that two-month-away day: It’ll see the official release of Wonderbook: Book of Spells.
Wonderbook technology was officially unveiled at this year’s Sony E3 presentation, but has been in the works for years. It’s somewhat fitting that the first game to use the new wand-like device will be Book of Spells, created in collaboration with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Jenny Barbour, Associate Producer on Wonderbook: Book of Spells, explains:
By taking PlayStation Move’s augmented reality capabilities and pairing them with the Wonderbook peripheral, we were able to create a truly immersive, magical world in which you’ll be able to learn how to cast many spells including: Incendio, Wingardium Leviosa and Expelliarmus, with your very own spell book and wand.
To get your started on your wizard training, Sony is offering a couple of nifty options.
If you’re starting completely from scratch, with just a PS3, you can snag a copy of Wonderbook: Book of Spells, the Wonderbook peripheral, a Move motion controller and a PlayStation Eye camera. Prices vary between regions, but that’ll set you back AU$99.95 or US$79.99.
Alternatively, if you’ve already got a PlayStation Eye camera and a Move motion controller, you can pick up a copy of the game with a Wonderbook peripheral for AU$49.95 or US$39.99
Book of Spells is the first – title confirmed for the Wonderbook technology, but Sony has hinted at others on the way, including Diggs: Nightcrawler, experiences from Disney, and the BBC series Walking With Dinosaurs.
At launch, Wonderbook will be targeted at traditional gaming retailers, but once people start to warm to the idea, we’ll potentially start seeing the games popping up in book stores and even post offices.