Fans of Harry Potter received a new video game for their mobile devices, but they were less than satisfied when they realized it was completely pay-to-win.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery uses an energy system similar to city builder games. The game limits your activity based on the amount of energy you have. If you have no energy, you can’t advance. The only option you have is to put the game down for a few hours ot pay real cash to continue playing.
For example, in the Harry Potter books and movies, the Devil’s Snare is a plant that traps individuals in its vines, but will release a person when they relax. In the video game, it is impossible to escape from the Devil’s Snare unless you have full energy. The Devil’s Snare is a nightmare for gamers. When you are capture by this plant, your only option is to put the phone down and wait or shell out hard-earned cash in order to be released from its grasps.
Taking into consideration the popularity of Harry Potter and the controversy surrounding loot boxes and other microtransactions in some country, it will be interesting to see what comes of video game microtransactions if the new Harry Potter gains mass popularity.
The outrage against Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was so bad that the developers of the games have cut the cost of the real-cash shop.
Not everyone is seeing these price cuts right away. Screenshots show that some people are seeing the lower rates, but others are still seeing the expensive, original prices.
If you would like to try the Harry Potter game for yourself, it is available now for Android and iOS devices.