Update, January 13, 2021 (01:40 PM ET): Unfortunately, it doesnâ€™t look like weâ€™ll be seeing Hogwarts Legacy for its originally scheduled launch window. Per the gameâ€™s official Twitter account, the open world game based on the Harry Potter universe now will launch in 2022.
You can see the tweet explanation below:
â€” Hogwarts Legacy (@HogwartsLegacy) January 13, 2021
As you can see, the tweet doesnâ€™t give any direct explanation for the substantial delay. Itâ€™s possible it could be related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Itâ€™s also possible it could be a response to the backlash Cyberpunk 2077 received when it launched in an undercooked state. Whatever the case, youâ€™ll need to wait at least another year to venture into Hogwarts.
Original article, September 17, 2020 (08:17 AM ET): TheÂ wait is finally over: the long-rumored open-world game set in the Harry Potter universe is here, and itâ€™s called Hogwarts Legacy. Set long before the events of the books, you wonâ€™t find any of the students or teachers that fans love over the years, but it looks to offer a brand new way to explore the iconic wizarding school Hogwarts.
Details are still thin, but weâ€™ve collected everything we know so far into this handy Hogwarts Legacy guide. Weâ€™ll also frequently update it as more news comes out, so be sure to check back regularly for the latest!
What is Hogwarts Legacy?
Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming action RPG game set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Rumors about an open-world Harry Potter game first came out more than two years ago, but it wasnâ€™t until the September 16 PlayStation 5 event that the game was first officially revealed. Check out the official reveal trailer in full 4K quality above.
In Hogwarts Legacy you play as a student admitted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unlike previous games, your character is admitted late (around 5th year), but you will still get to experience the Sorting Hat in some fashion.
The game starts out like other games, learning the ins and outs of magic in classes. However, it quickly becomes apparent that your character has special link to ancient magic hidden deep within the school itself. Itâ€™s up to you to stop this power from tearing apart the Wizarding World â€” or take advantage of it to further your own power.
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Hogwarts Legacy release date
The Hogwarts Legacy release date was originally slated for 2021. However, it was then delayed on January 13, 2021 for an undetermined 2022 date. Beyond that we donâ€™t know exactly when it will be available, but weâ€™ll update this article as soon as further details are revealed.
What is Hogwarts Legacy gameplay like?
Like many of the previous games set in the Harry Potter universe, Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player action RPG where you control a fledgling wizard at Hogwarts. However, it takes place in the late 1800s, long before Harry, Hermione, Ron, or their parents enroll at the school.
This setting gives the game a lot more freedom to tell new stories, rather than rehashing the events of the books. Even the teachers should be new characters, with the exception of maybe a few older characters like Dumbledore. It seems like the game could have multiple endings, but hopefully it reveals more about the history of Hogwarts itself.
As for the gameplay itself, it will mostly consist of exploring Hogwarts and the surrounding areas, unveiling the mysteries of some of the Wizarding Worldâ€™s most famous locations. Itâ€™s not yet clear to what extent areas outside of the school like Diagon Alley will be playable, but the trailer shows areas well beyond the walls of the school.
Can I choose my house?
Yes! Portkey Games has promised that players will be able to choose their house at the start of Hogwarts Legacy, although you may not be able to change it afterward. Hopefully we get more details on this soon.
Does Hogwarts Legacy have Quidditch?
Portkey Games hasnâ€™t announced whether or not the game will feature Quidditch, but there are brooms in the trailer so weâ€™re hopeful that it will. It would fit well with the open-world nature of the game, but weâ€™ll update this article as soon as more details are revealed.
Is Hogwarts Legacy PS5 only?
No! Hogwarts Legacy will release on the PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S next-gen consoles, as well as PC, PS4, and Xbox One. That means you wonâ€™t need to upgrade to the latest consoles to play.
Will it have 2-player gameplay?
For now, itâ€™s looking like Hogwarts Legacy is a purely single-player affair. Youâ€™ll have to get your Harry Potter co-op fix from the older games in the universe.
Who developed Hogwarts Legacy?
Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Avalanche Software, which has been working on Disney games for more than a decade. In fact, they were acquired by Disney in 2017.
The game will be published by Portkey Games, which has published many other Harry Potter games in recent years.
Was JK Rowling involved in the story of Hogwarts Legacy?
If a recent report from Bloomberg is to be believed, JK Rowling has very little involvement in the development of games in the Harry Potter Universe. She is always involved to some extent, but considering Hogwarts Legacy wonâ€™t feature many of her characters, itâ€™s unlikely that she played much of a role.
JK Rowling has made herself a controversial figure in recent months, which has damped some fanâ€™s excitement for the game. Those wishing to boycott her work should avoid all Harry Potter properties, including this game.
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