Ever since shaky footage of a Harry Potter game leaked in 2018, and probably some time before, fans have been hoping for a Harry Potter RPG: something to let you experience life at Hogwarts, magic classes, Quidditch; the works. For a while, it seemed this idea was held aloft by nothing more than wishful thinking, but after yesterday’s PS5 showcase, it’s finally been confirmed: Hogwarts Legacy, a Harry Potter RPG, is launching in 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles. Take a look at the trailer below:
There were a few theories about this game before it was announced: that it would be set either in the 1800s, or that it would take place after the Potter and Weasley kids had left. The first proved true: Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player action RPG set in the 1800s. The trailer showed a lot of the Hogwarts activities fans had hoped for, including Potions, Herbology, Quidditch, duelling, going to Hogsmeade, and more, but it looks like there’s a fair few new things to do. There’s a shot of two students riding what look like Hippogriffs over a new location, and a few creatures that look like they might have come from the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise. A press release adds that you can also head to the Forbidden Forest.
You’ll be able to customise your character and upgrade talents, and according to the game’s site, you’re a late arrival to Hogwarts 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.” The description adds that “your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart… Discover the feeling of living at Hogwarts as you make allies, battle Dark wizards, and ultimately decide the fate of the wizarding world.”
I’ll probably get this for the kids as they have been watching the movies lately.
Was/am a fan of the IP, and given it’s looking to be an open world RPG (one of my favorite genres of games) I’ll likely be picking this one up.
the liberals are boycotting this one…
Because the jk rowling stuff?
Figured, is what it is I guess. I’m excited to see how it will go
Hogwarts Legacy delayed into 2022
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Avalanche Software have announced that Hogwarts Legacy has been delayed into 2022.
In a very brief statement posted on Twitter, the Hogwarts Legacy team said, “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us, so we are giving the game the time it needs.”
Hogwarts Legacy was announced during Sony’s PS5 showcase and was slated for a 2021 release on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC. The game is set in the 1800s, long before Mr Potter and the gang showed up. You play as a student of Hogwarts who “holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart.” You’ll explore the iconic Hogwarts castle, take part in lessons, discover fantastic beasts, and customise your own character in the single-player action-RPG.
Hogwarts Legacy will now launch in 2022.
Hogwarts Legacy to share over 14 minutes of gameplay
We’ll get to see over 14 minutes of Hogwarts Legacy gameplay later this week on March 17th in a dedicated State of Play event.
Later this week, we’ll get a PlayStation State of Play event that revolves entirely around Hogwarts Legacy. According to WB Games Avalanche community manager Chandler Wood, “The show will run for about 20 minutes, featuring over 14 minutes of Hogwarts Legacy gameplay captured on PS5, and concluding with some insight from a few members of the team at Avalanche Software who are bringing the Wizarding World to life.” It will be the first in-depth look we’ve had at the game since it was announced.
The State of Play event will take place on Thursday, March 17th, at 2pm PT/5pm ET/9pm GMT/10pm CET
A State of Play event gave us over 14 minutes of Hogwarts Legacy gameplay which showed off the castle, combat, customisation, and more, while also confirming a holiday 2022 release window.
We saw a glimpse of everything — the classes we’ll be taking, how we’ll customise our character, and more. We’ll be able to explore not just the castle but the surrounding grounds, even so far, according to game director Alan Tew, as to see “what lies around and beyond the Black Lake, to meet new witches and wizards in the dwellings that dot the landscape beyond Hogsmeade and learn what other undiscovered chambers lie within Hogwarts or scattered across the Scottish Highlands.”
Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the 1800s. We arrive late to Hogwarts, and start out as a fifth-year, choosing our house and customising our character. We’ll take classes such as Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, and Potions, but will also sneak around the castle too, avoiding Peeves and exploring secrets.
The gameplay gave us a look at combat, and told us that we’ll be able to change it up to suit our playstyle. Wizarding plants and creatures also look to play a big role, and it seems we’ll be able to use the Room of Requirement as some sort of base. Our character will be able to use an “ancient magic,” and this sets us up against some of the antagonists of the game — the dark wizard Victor Rookwood, and Ranrok’s goblin rebellion.