Hogwarts Legacy preload and release time details

A wizard fighting against a troll in Hogwarts Legacy.

A wizard fighting against a troll in Hogwarts Legacy.
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The release of the new Hogwarts Legacy game is getting closer and closer, so you'll soon be able to play it! In this guide, we will tell you about the Hogwarts Legacy preload and release time so you're ready to jump in as soon as possible.

Hogwarts Legacy is coming out very soon and you will be able to preload it, with it live on some platforms already. We'll explain how to preload the game, as well as the specific release time so you know exactly when access goes live.

Also, if you are looking for more information about Hogwarts Legacy, feel free to read our guide on how to cast spells in the game. Moreover, we have a list of all spells you can cast in Hogwarts Legacy. On top of that, you can check out whether Hogwarts Legacy will have DLC.

When is the Hogwarts Legacy release time?

We all know that the Hogwarts Legacy release date is set for February 10, 2023. However, one thing that remains unclear is exactly what time of day it'll go live.

Without concrete information from Warner Bros., we can assume that it'll go live at midnight in your local time zone. As soon as we hear the official line, we'll update this guide!

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Can you preload Hogwarts Legacy?

Preloading is an amazing feature that allows you to download the game before its launch. Fortunately, Hogwarts Legacy supports it. You can preload the game on the following platforms:

  • Windows
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • Nintendo Switch

Each of these platforms has a different preload time and method, so read on to see how it works in each instance.

Hogwarts Legacy preload on PlayStation 5

Usually, Sony allows you to preload games on their platform around 72 hours before the launch. So, the same rules are applied to the upcoming Harry Potter game. Owners of the Standard Edition will be able to preload the game from February 7. Those who bought the Deluxe Edition will be able to do it from February 5. Here is the list of steps you need to follow to preload the game on PS5:

  • Pre-order the Standard Edition or Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy.
  • Open your game library.
  • Find the Hogwarts Legacy page.
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  • Click on the Preload button once it goes live.

Hogwarts Legacy preload on Xbox Series X|S

According to the information we have so far, Xbox users are able to preload this game right now. Here is the full list of steps you need to follow:

  • Pre-order Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox Series X|S.
  • Open the Xbox store.
  • Find the game’s tab.
  • Click on the Preload button.
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Hogwarts Legacy preload on PC and other platforms

Unfortunately, it seems that PC users can’t preload the game so you will have to wait for the launch. Also, if you want to play the game on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, you will need to wait too.

The game’s release date for PS4 and Xbox One is set for April 4. Nintendo users will have to wait even longer, until July 25.

The closer the game’s launch gets, the more hyped the audience becomes. Fortunately, we've got plenty of other Hogwarts Legacy guides! For example, we have a Hogwarts Legacy Wizard’s Field guide for you, as well as a look at whether you can cast Avada Kedavra in the game.

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