Hogwarts Legacy release date, platforms gameplay and more

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Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming open-world RPG that will allow players to explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter like never before. 

The game is set within the Potter universe but is set roughly a century before The Boy Who Lived arrived at Hogwarts. The game will offer you the chance to live out your wizarding fantasies, attending classes, learning new spells and taming fantastic beasts. You can even venture beyond the walls of the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry. 

Hogwarts Legacy rumors existed for years owning to a trailer leak in 2018, but the game was officially revealed in September 2020. What followed was a period of silence from the development team, but in recent months a deluge of news has been confirmed including a brand new gameplay showcase (opens in new tab) and a firm release date.   

It'll be just a few months until we're walking the halls of Hogwarts ourselves. But don't worry if you can't wait until then, the next Hogwarts Legacy gameplay showcase (opens in new tab) has just been confirmed. And for now, here's everything we know about Hogwarts Legacy...

Hogwarts Legacy release date 

Originally announced for release in 2021, Hogwarts Legacy was later delayed into 2022. Sadly that revised release window proved too ambitious and the game was moved again this time into 2023

Hogwarts Legacy is now set to release on February 10, 2023. Developer Avalanche Software confirmed this news on social media (opens in new tab), and also gave a brief reason for the delay: "The team is excited for you to play, but we need a little more time to deliver the best possible game experience."

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Hogwarts Legacy platforms 

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Hogwarts Legacy was revealed during the PlayStation showcase, leading to speculation it would be exclusive to Sony hardware, but the Hogwarts Legacy website (opens in new tab) clearly lists its release platforms as PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC. 

In a surprising twist, a Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy has been confirmed as well. However, this version of the game won't be launching in February 2023, and instead will come a little bit later. 

Hogwarts Legacy trailer 

The Hogwarts Legacy reveal trailer offers a pretty fantastic look at the game. It showcases the famous castle and the variety of ways you’ll be able to interact with the Wizarding World and its inhabitants (both human and beast). There’s even a hint of who the game’s main villain might be, and they look just as fierce as He Who Must Not Be Named.  

Over the summer Gamescom 2022 offerd a brand new Hogwarts Legacy trailer. This fresh look at the game focuses on Slytherin student Sebastian Sallow and the path of the Dark Arts that players can choose to walk down. Apparently this trailer is almost entirely made up of footage from an optional questline, which suggests that Hogwarts Legacy's side content will be more than just mundane fetch quests.  

There's also the "Feel the Magic" trailer (opens in new tab) which showcases the game's PS5 exclusive features using recycled footage from the State of Play presentation. A PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab) goes into further detail on the game's implementation of the console's DualSense controller.  

To commemorate Back to Hogwarts Day — an annual celebration of all things Harry Potter — four new Hogwarts Legacy trailers were released, one dedicated to each of the house common rooms. You watch all four trailers in this YouTube playlist (opens in new tab)

Hogwarts Legacy gameplay

The best way to get a sense of what Hogwarts Legacy gameplay will be like is via its 14 minute extended gameplay demo. This fairly comprehensive video showcases tons of features from the game's expansive open-world to it's exhilarating combat system, and has got us pretty excited about playing Hogwarts Legacy later this year. 

Hogwarts Legacy will allow players to step into the famous Wizarding Wizard as a new character, not featured in any of the books or movies. You'll play as a magical late bloomer, who joins the school as a fifth year student. Within the walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry you'll learn spells in class, brew all potions, duel fellow classmates and uncover the castle's many secrets. 

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The gameplay presentation also confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will offer an exciting combat system with dozens of spells at your disposal. You'll also be able to make use of unique abilities such as invisibility, as well as magical plants that can incapacitate your enemies. 

Developing your skills as a witch or wizard will be a key part of Hogwarts Legacy. The game includes a talent system that allows key attributes to be upgraded and new skills to be unlocked. Your character also has access to a type of "old magic" that is extremely powerful. 

The Room of Requirement also appears to be play a large part in the game. Players will use the ever changing room as a sort of home base. Here you can develop your wizarding abilities, grow useful plants, upgrade your gear and brew potions. You'll also have access to a customizable menagerie, where it will be to tame and care for all manner of fantastic beasts. 

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Exploration appears to be a big part of Hogwarts Legacy (both on foot and via flying broomstick). Not only will the entirety of Hogwarts to available for players to roam, but also nearby locations such as Hogsmead and the Forbidden Forest. Each location will offer secrets to uncover and side quests to take on.

The aforementioned gameplay trailer also reveals that players will be able to choose which of the four Hogwarts houses they are sorted into. Although, there are no details as to whether this will be a straightforward user choice, or if it will involve some sort of gameplay mechanics or morality system.  

If all those juicy details weren't enough to hold you over until February, a second gameplay showcase was held earlier this month. This 45-minute presentations offers an in-depth look at several aspects of the game including its character creator and we've also got to see the HUD for the first time. 

The showcase also includes a brief tour of Hogwarts (but don't worry the developers have confirmed there are still plenty of secrets to be discovered ourselves) and we also got a further understanding of how combat will function. This latest look at Hogwarts Legacy gameplay has got us itching to play ourselves in early 2023. 

Hogwarts Legacy multiplayer

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Witches and wizards dreaming about exploring the famous castle with a friend will be disappointed to learn that there doesn't appear to be any form of multiplayer mode planned for Hogwarts Legacy. 

An extensive PlayStation Blog post (opens in new tab) includes comment from the development team and confirms that Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player action RPG at its core. So don't expect any form of multiplayer or an online component, at least not at launch.  

Hogwarts Legacy setting 

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No prizes for guessing that the primary setting in Hogwarts Legacy will be the eponymous wizard school. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a place that millions have dreamed about attending, and Hogwarts Legacy will bring that dream to life. 

The developers have talked about wanting to “chart new territory by creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the Wizarding World” so perhaps we may see some locations within Hogwarts that until now haven’t been unearthed. Is there an even more secret chamber hidden somewhere within the castle walls? 

It’s also been confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will stretch beyond Hogwarts and encompass the larger Wizarding World. Iconic locations like Hogsmead Village, the Forbidden Forest and the Black Lake will be explorable. 

The Scottish Highlands surrounding the school will also be open for adventuring, and dotted with unique wizarding hamlets to visit. Each of these will house vendors as well as side quests and new puzzle dungeons to tackle. 

We're hoping that we’ll be able to take a trip to Diagon Alley and do some magical shopping. Although, London-based locations haven't been confirmed. 

Hogwarts Legacy exclusive content

Wannabe witches and wizards playing on PS5 and PS4 will be treated to some exclusive Hogwarts Legacy content in the form of an additional quest and potion recipe. 

The PlayStation exclusive quest is called The Haunted Hogsmeade Shop. And will see your character assist a mysterious shopkeeper named Cassandra Mason who is harboring a sinister secret. Completing the quest will reward you with an additional outfit and a shop of your own where you can sell items and gear at better rates than anywhere else in the game. PlayStation players will also get access to the Felix Felicis potion recipe which reveals gear chests on the mini-map for a whole in-game day.  

The Haunted Hogsmeade Shop quest will be available to all PlayStation players, whereas the Felix Felicis potion recipe is a pre-order bonus on PS5 and PS4. But it's been confirmed these items are only exclusive to PlayStation platforms for a period of one year. After February 10, 2024 they could make their way onto Xbox, Switch and PC. 

Hogwarts Legacy pre-order

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Now that we have a firm release date, Hogwarts Legacy pre-order details have been confirmed. It's been announced that the game will be available in range of editions including a Deluxe, Digital Deluxe and Collector's Edition. 

The Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition will be released across platforms and costs $80/£75 on PS5 and Xbox Series X, $70/£75 on PS4 and Xbox One and $70/£60 on PC and Nintendo Switch. It includes 72 hours early access to the game and the Dark Arts Pack. This DLC pack boasts an exclusive Dark Arts cosmetic set, a flying Thestral mount and access to the Dark Arts Battle Arena where you can test your mastery of the sinister side of magic against waves of challenging foes. 

There will also be a Hogwarts Legacy Digital Deluxe Edition costing $80/£75 across platforms. It includes all the same extras as its physical counterpart, alongside the Dark Arts Garrison Hat and a cross-gen digital upgrade on PlayStation and Xbox.

The biggest Potter-heads will surely want to splash out for the Hogwarts Legacy Collector's Edition. This ultra-premium version of the game will cost $289/£269 on PC and PS4/Xbox One, and an eye watering $300/£279 on PS5 and Xbox Series X. 

The Collector’s Edition includes all the Deluxe Edition content mentioned above, as well as a physical life-size floating magic wand with a book base, a collectible steelbook case, and in-game Kelpie Robe. 

Will Harry Potter feature in Hogwarts Legacy?  

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Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800s, and Harry Potter was born on July 31, 1980, so don’t expect to be rubbing shoulders with the Boy Who Lived as you walk the halls of Hogwarts. That also means his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger are out of the picture as well. 

Of course, time travel does exist in the Harry Potter universe, but the development team have answered this question with a firm “no” on the game’s own website, so don’t expect any time turners to feature. 

Potter may be out, but that doesn't mean there will be no familiar faces. Gryffindor house ghost Nearly Headless Nick will be floating about the castle, among other returning spectres (Peeves will no doubt be up to his usual mischief). There is also a possibility that a young Albus Dumbledore could make a cameo. The timeline of Hogwarts Legacy could crossover with when he was attending school after all. 

Hogwarts Legacy controversies

Hogwarts Legacy has not been able to avoid the controversy that comes from the comments made by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in regards to the transgender community. 

The game's website is keen to declare: "J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game." But as a product of the Wizarding World, the ties are clear and unavoidable. This has lead to some gamers calling for a boycott of the game. 

It's not just fans that are unhappy either. According a Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report claims there is some discomfort within the development studio over the public stances taken by J.K. Rowling. Another Bloomberg (opens in new tab) report states that gamers will be able to adjust the body type and voice of their character, to make the game more trans-inclusive as a sort of olive branch from the developers. 

Hogwarts Legacy outlook

The Hogwarts Legacy reveal trailer is currently the most viewed video game trailer of all time on the PlayStation YouTube channel with a massive 30 million views . That alone indicates that gamers are very interested in this release. 

Of course, this level of anticipation could result in unrealistic expectations and disappointment if the game doesn’t live up to its lofty ambitious. However, based on   what we've seen so far, Hogwarts Legacy is looking like the Harry Potter RPG fans have waiting years to play. If only we could cast and spell and be in February 2023 already.  

Rory Mellon
Deals Editor

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.