Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and developers Avalanche Software, along with Portkey Games are working on Hogwarts Legacy
The game, which has been hotly anticipated for quite some time, was finally revealed during the PlayStation 5 event showcase.
Hogwarts Legacy will launch in 2022 and come to the Xbox Series of consoles as well as PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Here's everything we know so far!
Troy Leavitt Leaves Project – March 5
Controversial lead designer Troy Leavitt, a previously anti-feminism and anti-social justice YouTuber, has left the Hogwarts Legacy project.
In a Tweet, Leavitt noted that he had made the decision and had "nothing but good things to say about the game, the dev team, and WB Games", before promising a YouTube video explaining more.
Hogwarts Legacy Will Let Players Play As A Transgender Character - March 3
As per Bloomberg, players will be able to opt for a male or female-sounding voice which isn't tied to their character's body type.
Hogwarts Legacy's Lead Designer Is A Gamergate YouTuber - February 22
Lead designer on Hogwarts Legacy Troy Leavitt was previously an anti-feminism and anti-social justice YouTube creator, it has emerged.
After tweets showcased Leavitt's content, Leavitt noted: "I’m happy to say that, even though I disclosed my YouTube channel to WB Games, it didn’t appear to be an issue for them," said Leavitt. "Not that they endorse anything that I’ve said, of course, but at least they seem more concerned with making good games than with pushing some kind of a social justice agenda, so there is hope." (thanks, PC Gamer).
Considering franchise creator JK Rowling's own transphobic comments in recent months caused the studio to distance itself from her comments, it remains to be seen whether any comment will be made on Leavitt's prior content.
What Is Hogwarts Legacy?
Here's a quick overview of Hogwarts Legacy courtesy of the official website:
"Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Embark on a journey through familiar and new locations as you explore and discover fantastic beasts, customize your character and craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents, and become the wizard you want to be.
Source: Warner Bros.
Experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic. Only you can decide if you will protect this secret for the good of all, or yield to the temptation of more sinister magic.
Discover the feeling of living at Hogwarts as you make allies, battle Dark wizards, and ultimately decide the fate of the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it."
Now check out the trailer, just below and stay tuned for more details.
The Hogwarts Legacy Trailer is here:
We get an amazing glimpse of some features but with the game likely so far away still at this point, we are still a little short on details!
Additionally, while not a trailer we can also see some more details from this leaked video:
While there's no official word on the content of the trailer yet, this leak supposedly comes from focus testing at a mall so we feel it's legit!
Source: Warner Bros.
According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, the Harry Potter game is expected to launch late in 2021. Additionally, a Reddit thread from someone claiming to be working with Warner Bros on promotional materials for the game rumoured to be known as Hogwarts: A Dark Legacy, has revealed some fresh details about how it'll actually play.
While these aren't verified, and the name of the game was wrong, they suggest players will step into the robes of a Hogwarts student and play "all the way until graduation". Players can customise their student's gender, appearance, and whether they'll be a pureblood, a muggle, or half-blood Wizard or Witch.
There are romance options, as well as hub areas including Hogwarts, Hogsmead, and the Ministry of Magic. Each of these will offer their own characters to interact with, as well as quests to complete. There's also an RPG skill tree, as well as a version of Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis system that'll create rivals within the in-game universe. You'll battle creatures, and if the films are anything to go by, that means arachnophobes might want to steer clear of the Forbidden Forest.
Quidditch will also play a part, as well as a card game that's on a similar level to Gwent in The Witcher 3.
Warner Bros has confirmed they intend to release the title on PC, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One And PS4.
This means they also intend to release the game on both generations of console! Let's hope it doesn't end up like Cyberpunk 2077!