The initial reactions of Wonderbook back at E3 2012 was pretty much “meh”. But Sony isn’t giving up and is touting Wonderbook to be one of their most important releases this Fall. During their gamescom 2012 press conference, it was announced that a couple new story books will be coming to Wonderbook and also getting support from BBC and Disney. Yes — Disney.
First off, Sony revealed more details on JK Rowling’s “Book of Spells” which is penned exclusively for Wonderbook. Book of Spells will allow children — or gamers, if you’re into this sort of thing — to enroll themselves as a student in Hogwarts.
The book will guide students through the school using the PlayStation Move controller, casting spells, unlocking secrets and what not. It’s all very Harry Potter”ish”, so this may just be what you want to pick up for your kid or if you’re a very, very, big Potter fan.
Academy Award winner Moonbot Studios will also be penning a new “noir” styled story book, called “Diggs Night Crawler”. The title will feature a worm-detective and Humpty Dumpty
falling being shot off the wall. You will be tasked in solving mysteries like a detective, intuitively using the PlayStation Move controller.
To finish things off, Wonderbook isn’t going to be used just for games. Sony has teamed up with BBC to bring educational books to the platform as well, starting off with “Walking with Dinosaurs”. Children will be able to learn about dinosaurs, fossilising and pretty much immersing themselves thinking it’s a Jurrasic Park game. We kidd, of course.
[UPDATE] Apparently Disney will bring Toy Story and The Muppet in the form of short stories to Wonderbook.
Wonderbook is scheduled for release exclusively on the PlayStation 3 later this year.