news: Wonderbook™: Book of Spells comes to life on PS3

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Bring wizardry to life in your living room on PlayStation 3.

At its pre-E3 press conference on 4 June 2012 in Los Angeles, Sony Computer Entertainment announced Wonderbook: Book of Spells from SCE London Studio in collaboration with J.K. Rowling. Wonderbook: Book of Spells is the first title to be published which uses the innovative new PlayStation 3 peripheral, Wonderbook, and will transform the world around you with the next step in reading and 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 her hugely successful Harry Potter™ books.

One Book: a Thousand StoriesWonderbook will bring to life a thousand stories in one physical book with a brand new series of adventures and experiences to explore. A powerful storytelling vehicle and tool for the imagination, Wonderbook will bring exclusive content in immersive new ways by putting you at the heart of the action, using augmented reality technology to transform the world around you. Bringing mystery and discovery to your living room, Wonderbook titles will draw you into new worlds, and give you the chance to live in the stories you love.

The first story: Wonderbook: Book of Spells

Book of Spells is the first title for Wonderbook, the latest addition to the PlayStation experience. Written by Miranda Goshawk over two hundred years ago, Book of Spells can 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, and humorous anecdotal facts relating to the spells. J.K. Rowling has written a conundrum that leads you through the experience, providing insight into the values a witch or wizard has to learn, and inviting you to journey through the book to unlock new content, rewarding successful students along the way.

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Discover the magicWonderbook takes augmented reality to spectacular new places with an intuitive and easy to use book. Tilting, rotating, or simply turning the pages bring stories to life all around you like never before.

Learn the art of spell-castingChapter by chapter, you will be able to read about and practise 20 spells, picking up valuable experiences and lessons along the way – as well as house points – just like a student at Hogwarts.Original content from J.K. RowlingFrom the world of Harry Potter, the Book of Spells reveals new and exciting content by the world’s best-loved author. Offering backstories to the famous spells, valuable lessons and brand new creatures, student wizards can unlock more writing with every chapter test.

Keep an eye on eu.playstation.com and PlayStation.Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com for more exciting developments ahead of the product’s launch later in 2012.

 

 

HARRY POTTER characters, names and all related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. Augmented Reality Book Technology ©2012 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. “Wonderbook” is a trademark or a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. All rights reserved. WonderbookTM: Book of Spells ©2012 Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Developed by SCEE London Studio. All rights reserved

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