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.”