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, is hopefully set to arrive this year. But what do we know about this latest adventure from the same universe as Harry Potter? Below is a hub going over what we know about the Hogwarts Legacy release date, when we might hear more about the game, and what to expect from it.
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Another new look at Hogwarts Legacy was released recently, with a 45-minute gameplay showcase landing. The footage shows off the character creation tools in action, as well as plenty of Hogwarts exploration. You can watch it below:
A new Hogwarts Legacy trailer released at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2022. Not too much gameplay in this one, but rather a deeper look at the game's themes. It delves into the moral quandry of whether wizards should harness dark magic or not. Check it out here:
Hogwarts Legacy has officially been delayed. In a tweet posted today by WB Games, a new release date of February 10, 2023 was confirmed. However, there's no release date for the Nintendo Switch version, which seems to need extra work.
This week may be the one in which we hear more about Hogwarts Legacy.
It's almost E3 2022 time, or at least it would be if E3 was happening, so Sony has presenting their own showcase of new games and PSVR 2.
We'd be surprised if Hogwarts Legacy doesn't show up in some capacity, maybe giving us a final release date.
State of Play offered a lot of new information. Alongside the new gameplay reveal, Avalanche confirmed it won't have microtransactions and that it'll launch in Holiday 2022.
PlayStation has announced there will be a dedicated State of Play showcase to Hogwarts Legacy on Thursday, March 17. Lasting for 20 mins, that'll offer up new PS5 gameplay footage.
Industry insider AccountNGT has suggested that the release of Hogwarts Legacy could be in trouble.
Whilst the key news being shared from AccountNGT was related to the latest trailer for the new Fantastic Beasts film, the user followed up with another message which suggested Hogwarts Legacy could also be impacted. Quite how badly isn't clear, or why, but with any luck, we'll learn more soon enough.
As per Gamepur, a (now-deleted) tweet from known leaker AccountNGT mentioned that fans can "expect a September release” for Hogwarts Legacy. According to this leaker, a rumoured trailer will showcase some scenes “based on skills/abilities” and is likely to be released in “February/March” during a PlayStation State of Play event. We must now wait and see.
Former IGN and Kinda Funny host Colin Moriarty has suggested on his latest Sacred Symbols podcast that the Warner Bros. team may have encountered some issues that will push Hogwarts Legacy out even further.
“I’m hearing behind the scenes that game is not coming out this year, and that it’s in some sort of trouble.”
Speaking in a recent Twitter thread, writer DC Allen was asked how Hogwarts Legacy handles evil and good wizards for a +16 rated game, specifically regarding the killing curse "avada kedabra". DC Allen advised that while he couldn't answer this directly, the trailer shows a lot of evil in the wizarding world.
Warner Bros has confirmed their E3 conference will seemingly focus entirely on Back 4 Blood. So don't expect to see any further news on Hogwarts Legacy. Find out more here.
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.
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."
Hogwarts Legacy will release on February 10, 2023. for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5, PS4, and PC. A Nintendo Switch version is also confirmed, but is currently without a release date.
The Hogwarts Legacy trailer is here:
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.