Hogwarts Legacy release date, gameplay and everything we know


Hogwarts Legacy is set to release Holiday 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter, Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player RPG where players experience life as a student at the prestigious school of wizardry. The game is set in the 1800s, before the original book series, and has an original story created by the development team at Avalanche Studios.

Many Harry Potter games have been created, from old 3D platformers based on the early films and Lego sets spanning the entire series, but this is the first time an original story has been told in a full RPG. Hogwarts Legacy has also been shrouded in controversy since its announcement due to Harry Potter creator JK Rowling‘s anti-transgender stance.

The JK Rowling controversy

Although not directly involved with Hogwarts Legacy, JK Rowling and her anti-transgender stance have plagued the game and all things Harry Potter. The developers took the unusual step of clarifying that Rowling had no direct involvement with Hogwarts Legacy. In its FAQ, WB said, “JK Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the wizarding world.” For the full story, read GameSpot’s JK Rowling’s Anti-Transgender Stance And Hogwarts Legacy. Here is a short excerpt from Jessie Earl’s article.

“You’re not a bad person if you want to play Hogwarts Legacy. Many trans people are considering buying the game themselves despite their justified anger towards Rowling. Still, the point is not to condemn the game or give up your love for Harry Potter; it’s about grappling with its complexity and deciding for yourself. Trans people cannot ignore the pain the franchise has become intrinsically linked to, and those who wish taking care of them shouldn’t do that either.”

Release date

Hogwarts Legacy has yet to receive a concrete release date and is instead set for Holiday 2022. Portkey Games, Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Games confirmed this release window as recently as March, although Hogwarts Legacy needs a launch date set here soon. Considering the high number of games that have been delayed in 2022, it is possible that Hogwarts Legacy will be pushed back to 2023. Hogwarts Legacy was originally scheduled to release in 2021, but was delayed until its Holiday 2022 release window.

Trailers

Hogwarts Legacy – Official Gameplay Reveal

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Hogwarts Legacy has had several trailers and events since its announcement, with the vast majority of footage coming from State of Play focusing on the game. State of Play covers Hogwarts Legacy’s story, character creation, gameplay and some of the deeper story threads you’re about to uncover. The State of Play also shows combat in Hogwarts Legacy, which involves combining every spell you learned in class with dodge rolls and potions.

PlayStation and Warner Bros. also released a trailer focused on Hogwarts Legacy PS5 features, which includes DualSense adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, as well as different performance and fidelity modes.

Platforms

Hogwarts Legacy set to release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC. Warner Bros. has yet to confirm if the Nintendo Switch version of the game will be a cloud version or not. Warner Bros.’ Another big release for 2022, Gotham Knights, dropped its last-gen releases in May and will now only be released on current-gen consoles, but there’s no indication that Hogwarts Legacy will follow.

Hogwarts Legacy takes advantage of current-gen consoles. On the PS5, Hogwarts Legacy will take advantage of DualSense features, using the adaptive triggers to provide resistance based on the difficulty of the spell cast. DualSense haptic feedback will be implemented and the light on the controller will flash in the colors of the Hogwarts house you chose. The game will also have fidelity and performance mode options and faster loading thanks to the current-gen console’s SSD; these features should also be available on Xbox Series X.

Multiplayer

Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player RPG only.

Hogwarts Legacy does not feature multiplayer or cooperative play of any kind. From Official Hogwarts Legacy FAQ, “Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player experience and has no online or cooperative play.” While there are plenty of other wizards and students to interact with in Hogwarts Legacy, all of these characters will be NPCs. There will be named characters that you can interact with and develop relationships with, so it won’t be a lonely experience, even if it’s single player.

Story

Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s, hundreds of years before the Harry Potter books. This means that you won’t meet Harry, Ron or Hermione during your time at Hogwarts. You can create your own character who arrives late at Hogwarts, starting in your fifth year behind the rest of your classmates. You will be able to choose your house and take classes at Hogwarts.

Your character will explore Hogwarts Castle and its surroundings, trying to solve its many secrets and mysteries under the guidance of Professor Fig. In the wizarding world, a goblin rebellion is gaining momentum with the help of dark wizards. You’ll need to balance classes and larger world events in Hogwarts Legacy.

Gameplay

Mixing potions is just one activity in Hogwarts Legacy.
Mixing potions is just one activity in Hogwarts Legacy.

Hogwarts Legacy’s core gameplay turns spellcasting into a third-person action game, where you can cast spells in combat and dodging. You’ll need to use the spells you learn in class to get through fights and solve puzzles in and around Hogwarts. There’s also a mix of potions and herbology, which you can use to craft battle items, like howling mandrakes or powerful potions to throw at enemies.

In addition to learning new skills in courses, there are also magical gear, which can be collected and equipped to make your wizard more powerful. There are dozens of spells in Hogwarts Legacy, so players can mix offensive and defensive spells as they please. The PlayStation State of Play on Hogwarts Legacy also briefly shows the player character casting one of the Unforgivable Curses, Avada Kedavra, so you might have the option to take your wizard down a dark path.

Microtransactions

It has been confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy has no microtransactions. Hogwarts Legacy Official FAQs states, “Hogwarts Legacy has no in-game purchases or micro-transactions.” If that’s not enough for you, Avalanche Community Manager Chandler Wood took to Twitter to confirm that Hogwarts Legacy won’t have any microtransactions. This doesn’t rule out the possibility of paid extensions after launch, it just confirms that you won’t need to deposit real money if you want fancy wizard robes.

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