Hogwarts Legacy: all we know about the Harry Potter RPG
Hogwarts Legacy is a highly-anticipated open-world adventure game that’s set in the Harry Potter universe and confirmed to be in development by US games developer Avalanche Software.
As its name suggests, Hogwarts Legacy will take players to the wizarding school of Hogwarts. But the game won’t retread the story of the Harry Potter books and films. Instead, it’ll be set in the 1800s with its own story and take on the magical world.
First revealed in 2020, the game is expected to be released on PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS4 and PC. However, it looks like we’ll need to wait until 2022 to play it after its delay, with developers saying they need more time before it’s ready for release.
At the time of writing, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Hogwarts Legacy and, at the moment, it remains unclear when we’ll learn more, given the game’s absence during E3 season.
However, what’s kept our excitement going for Hogwarts Legacy has been speculation from fans. GameRant reported that Redditor Inspector_Beyond mapped out all of the different areas of the Hogwarts castle ahead of the release of the game.
Get ready to study up on Hogwarts Legacy and learn everything you can before its release. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Harry Potter RPG.
Hogwarts Legacy: what you need to know
- What is it? An RPG title based on the Harry Potter franchise, set in the 1800s
- When can I play it? TBC 2022
- What can I play it on? PS5, Xbox Series X, PS4, Xbox One, PC
Hogwarts Legacy release date
When Hogwarts Legacy first leaked, Bloomberg reported that it would come to next-gen consoles in 2021. However, the start of the new year saw an official delay to 2022, as publisher Portkey Games confirmed more time was needed to get the game in tip-top shape.
While the game was first announced at a PS5 event, it will be coming to the Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One, as well as PS4 and PC. It remains unclear if the PS5 version will have any kind of timed exclusivity.
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Hogwarts Legacy trailer
We only have a single trailer so far, which was shown off at Sony’s September 2020 PS5 price and release date reveal. It does, though, show off some magically next-gen environments, with fantastical creatures, plenty of wand-action, and hints at a mysterious power that your avatar holds…
Hogwarts Legacy gameplay and setting
Hogwarts Legacy is going to be an “immersive, open-world RPG” set in the wizarding world of the 1800s – specifically Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
According to the description of the game on its official website: “Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart.” Having received a late acceptance letter for Hogwarts, the player discovers that they possess the ability to possess 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 reads.
Hogwarts Legacy will see players creating and customizing their own characters, creating potions, mastering spell casting, upgrading their talents, making allies and battling Dark Wizards to “decide the fate of the wizarding world”. Players can also expect to come across fantastic beasts and visit both new and familiar locations, such as including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.
A morality system is also rumored to play a role in the game and the official FAQ certainly indicates that players will have to make decisions as they play, stating “players will also encounter missions and scenarios that will pose difficult choices and determine what they stand for.”
Hogwarts Legacy news and rumors
Could the Dark Arts be an option?
Hogwarts Legacy might decide to show the darker side of the wizarding world. In a (since deleted) tweet from Hogwarts Legacy writer DC Allen, a discussion around the game’s potential age rating opened up possibilities for the Harry Potter title to include the book series’ Dark Arts – the forbidden magic that only powerful evil wizards use.
Asked whether or not killing would be possible in the new game, the writer answered (as preserved by Comicbook.com):
“Are they not allowed to kill in 16+ games? I feel like you could fully kill bad guys in Horizon Zero Dawn, it just wasn’t bloody. I don’t think I can answer your question directly but in the trailer you can see there is a lot of evil occurring in the wizarding world.”
It has, of course, been confirmed that evil opponents in Hogwarts Legacy will use Dark Magic after a PlayStation Blog post from Adrian Ropp, Head of Story at Avalanche, mentioned the game would feature “dueling against a deadly dark witch.” However, Allen’s comment is the first sign we’ve had that the game could make use of more mature themes and methods of attack for the protagonist.
Certainly, there have been mentions of a “morality” system in the game which could also leave the door open for the use of the so-called “Killing Curse”, Avada Kedavra, for players that want to take a walk on the Dark side of magic.
Missing E3 2021
Though it’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from Hogwarts Legacy, the game was absent from E3 2021. This was to be expected as Warner Bros told TechRadar that its E3 2021 showcase, which took place on June 13, would only feature Back 4 Blood. The Summer Game Fest Twitter account also highlighted that Warner Bros’ presentation is to be solely for Back 4 Blood with no separate event and the game didn’t appear in any form during the presentations of other publishers or Summer Game Fest.
The Warner. Bros Games presentation is Back 4 Blood, there is not a separate event.June 4, 2021
You’ll choose your house
It looks like there won’t be any kind of elaborate sorting quiz at the start of Hogwarts Legacy. In an FAQ on the game’s official website, it’s stated that “players can choose their house at the start of Hogwarts Legacy.” There’s no details on how the choice will be made or whether houses will be able to be changed at a later point in the game but the page states that more details on this will be available at a later date.
In the report, it’s said that sources “familiar with the game’s development” have revealed that the game will allow players to customize their character’s body type, voice and gender placement for school dormitories.
The sources also say that players will be allowed to choose a masculine or feminine voice, regardless of their character’s body type, and will get to choose whether they want to be a ‘witch’ or a ‘wizard’, with the latter choice placing them in the applicable dormitory and affecting they’re addressed by other characters in the game.
According to Bloomberg, this inclusivity is the result of a push by some members of the game’s development team, following controversial comments made by J. K Rowling, the creator of the series.
“As a result, some members of the Hogwarts Legacy development team have fought to make the game as inclusive as possible, pushing for the character customization and even for a transgender character to be added,” the report says. “There was resistance from management at first, the people familiar with the project said, but currently the character customization is included in the game.”
Developed by Avalanche
Avalanche Software (the team behind the Disney Infinity games, NOT the Avalanche Studios behind the Mad Max and Just Cause games) is developing the game. So if you like the studio’s work, you’re in for a treat – and if you don’t, what can we say?
JK Rowling doesn’t have much involvement, apparently
According to the Bloomberg report, Rowling doesn’t have much involvement in the game’s creation and the game’s official FAQ states while the game “is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World”, the author “is not directly involved in the creation of the game.”
Harry Potter Magic Awakened
BBC reporter Lizo Mzimba tweeted about his knowledge of the project, revealing the mysterious RPG may be called Harry Potter Magic Awakened. He also hinted other Harry Potter titles could be on the way. We now know that the Harry Potter RPG is called Hogwarts Legacy.