In 2018, Harry Potter fans eagerly examined leaked footage of a possible Harry Potter RPG (role-playing game). Warner Bros. moved quickly to take down all videos of the leaked footage, only adding to fan speculation.
Last week, Warner Bros. announced the development of Hogwarts Legacy, an immersive RPG set at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s.
Oh, and they dropped a truly GORGEOUS trailer, in case you’re not hyped enough.
Read on to learn more about this new Harry Potter game!
Note: All artwork and assets provided by Warner Bros.
Hogwarts Legacy Details
Hogwarts Legacy details are scant for now, but here’s what we know.
Warner Bros. Games is publishing Hogwarts Legacy under the Portkey Games label. The game is being developed by Avalanche Software.
Avalanche is an American video game developer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Avalanche is actually a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
“Hogwarts Legacy gives players control over their own experience with RPG gameplay unlike anything else in the Wizarding World, which will continue to build fan appeal in the Portkey Games label,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Games. “Avalanche has brought to life this rich and deep world, full of action-packed magic, as well as a detailed, mysterious story to engage fans and gamers alike.”
“It’s such an honor to work on such an amazing franchise and the team is dedicated to delivering an authentic Wizarding World experience that both Harry Potter and RPG fans will enjoy,” said John Blackburn, Studio General Manager, Avalanche. “Hogwarts Legacy is so special because it allows players to immerse themselves in a new narrative that is filled with complex characters, and, of course, magic.”
What is the Hogwarts Legacy release date?
Sometime in 2021. There is not a specific Hogwarts Legacy release date yet. I will update this post once that information is available.
Is J.K. Rowling involved with Hogwarts Legacy?
J.K. Rowling is not directly involved with Hogwarts Legacy. The Hogwarts Legacy FAQ state the following:
J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World. This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling.
Many Harry Potter fans are currently torn on how to proceed in the Harry Potter fandom right now. Glamour has a strong synopsis of J.K. Rowling’s controversial remarks. Tom’s Guide does a great breakdown on the ethical dilemma of purchasing Hogwarts Legacy.
What is Hogwarts Legacy about?
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, single-player, action RPG set in the 1800s wizarding world. As a player, you will be a student at Hogwarts. At the beginning of the game, you will be able to choose your Hogwarts House.
From the official Hogwarts Legacy website:
Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 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.
You will grow your character’s abilities as you master powerful spells, brew potions, tame fantastic beasts, hone combat skills, and select companions to help you face off against deadly enemies.
Players will also encounter missions and scenarios that pose difficult choices.
Does Hogwarts Legacy only take place at Hogwarts?
You will be able to visit both new and familiar locations outside of Hogwarts. Familiar locations include the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village. How “open” is this open-world game? That is still to be determined…
What platforms will Hogwarts Legacy be on?
PC gamers, rejoice! Hogwarts Legacy is not restricted to consoles. The game will be available for PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices, and PC.
Will Hogwarts Legacy be canon?
That depends on your definition of canon. Many fans only consider the original 7 Harry Potter books to be canon. Other fans include the Fantastic Beasts films, the Cursed Child play, the other published works by J.K. Rowling, and additional information written by J.K. Rowling on social media or on the Wizarding World website.
Hogwarts Legacy is anchored in Wizarding World lore. As mentioned before, J.K. Rowling has no direct involvement in its production.
Will Wizards Unite Hub cover Hogwarts Legacy extensively?
The existence of this article proves that WizHub will occasionally cover Hogwarts Legacy. However, our primary focus is Wizards Unite. We do like to touch on other Harry Potter content, especially Harry Potter games, so you will see a few more posts on Hogwarts Legacy. These will just be news updates and not game strategy guides.
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