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Hogwarts Legacy: Everything we know so far

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Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming Harry Potter RPG that will allow players to explore the Wizarding Wizard like never before. 

The game is set within the Wizarding World but will allow players to explore the Hogwarts of yesteryear. You’ll also be able to attend classes, learn new spells and tame fantastic beasts, as well as venture into the world beyond the walls of the iconic school of witchcraft and wizardry.  

The existence of the game originally leaked in 2018, but Hogwarts Legacy was officially unveiled in September 2020 at Sony’s PS5 reveal event. While more than 18 months passed without any fresh details, an extended gameplay presentation has just lifted the lid on Hogwarts Legacy. 

Even so much of Hogwarts Legacy remains shrouded in mystery, for now here’s everything we know about the game, including its release date window, gameplay details and its trailer. 

Hogwarts Legacy release date 

Originally announced with a projected release date in 2021, Hogwarts Legacy was unceremoniously delayed into 2022 in January last year. While there have sequentially been claims that the game was set to slip even further into 2023, those appear to be wide of the mark. 

During a recent PlayStation State of Play livestream dedicated exclusively to Hogwarts Legacy it was announced that the game is scheduled for release sometime in Holiday 2022.

This narrows down the game's release window quite significantly and we can safely presume that Hogwarts Legacy will likely release in November/December. This would be a well-timed release as Harry Potter and the holidays have become fairly synonymous over the years. 

Hogwarts Legacy platforms 

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To date Hogwarts Legacy has only been showcased at PlayStation events. This has lead to a lot of online speculation that the game will be PS5 exclusive, but this is not the case. 

The official Hogwarts Legacy website (opens in new tab) clearly lists the game’s release platforms as PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC. While Sony appears to have some form of marketing agreement with publisher Warner Bros. Games, Hogwarts Legacy is not a PlayStation exclusive. 

In a surprising twist, a Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy has just been confirmed via the Hogwarts Legacy website. It's not yet know if this will be a Cloud Version that can only be played via online streaming, or a full native port. We're very much hoping for the latter. 

Hogwarts Legacy pre orders have recently gone live and revealed that the game will have a $70 price tag on PS5/Xbox Series X, and it doesn't appear there will be any form of next-gen upgrade path. Sadly, if you buy Hogwarts Legacy on last-gen at launch, you might have to fork out again to play the native next-gen version at a later date. 

Hogwarts Legacy trailer 

The first Hogwarts Legacy trailer offers a pretty fantastic look at the upcoming 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.  

Plus, a new trailer, which is made up primarily of recycled footage from the Hogwarts Legacy State of Play, has just been released which showcases the game's PS5 exclusive features. A PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab) goes into further detail and outlines how the console's DualSense controller will be used to fully immerse the player in the Wizarding World. The article also confirms Hogwarts Legacy will offer a fidelity and performance mode on next-gen hardware. 

Hogwarts Legacy State of Play 

After Hogwarts Legacy's announcement in September 2020, Harry Potter fans were forced to endure a pretty torturous wait. For more than 18 months the development team at Avalanche Software/Portkey Games was very quiet, but that's all changed. 

This month, Hogwarts Legacy was given its own dedicated State of Play live stream. This showcased over 14 minutes of gameplay and also included some insight from the game's development team. You can watch it back in full here (opens in new tab), and trust us it's a magical watch. 

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. 

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. 

Hogwarts Legacy screenshot

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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.  

Speaking of a morality system, it appears the game will have one. The game’s first trailer hints that there will be difficult choices to make on your adventure which will “determine what you stand for." The gameplay video also looks suggest you can become a dark wizard, if that’s the path you wish to walk down. 

The game's website describes Hogwarts Legacy as “an immersive, open-world, action role-playing-game set in the 1800s wizarding world, which puts players at the centre of their own adventure.” Further gameplay details have been provided by an extensive PlayStation Blog post, which includes comment from the development team. 

This post also reconfirms that Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player action RPG. So don't expect any form of multiplayer or an online component. 

Hogwarts Legacy setting 

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No prizes for guessing that the primary setting in Hogwarts Legacy will be the very famous wizard school. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a place that millions have dreamed about attending, and Hogwarts Legacy looks like it 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 large 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. 

Will Harry Potter feature in Hogwarts Legacy?  

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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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 would crossover with when he was attending school after all. 

Hogwarts Legacy controversy

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 trans 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 from respected industry insider Jason Schreier, 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 fourth most viewed video of all time on the PlayStation YouTube channel with a massive 28 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 a sizable backlash if the game doesn’t quite meet them. However, based on the recent State of Play presentation, Hogwarts Legacy is looking like the Harry Potter RPG fans have waiting years to play. 

Rory Mellon

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.