Here’s what you need to know about the next Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy. From release date to gameplay, and everything in between!
Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most anticipated games in 2023. It’s something many of us have wanted for years. a triple-A open-world RPG set in the Harry Potter universe. We will now have the opportunity to discover Hogwarts on the technology of 2022.
In this article, we want to provide you with all the key information: the release date, trailers we’ve seen so far, platforms, price, and everything else we’ve heard about gameplay and story. But before we start, there is one thing we need to confirm first, because our readers keep asking us about it. Yes, Hogwarts Legacy will have magic beasts for mounts, we will not depend solely on brooms. Alright, let’s get into the details.
Hogwarts Legacy | Release date
Hogwarts Legacy will be released on PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC on Friday February 10, 2023, with the PS4 and Xbox One versions on April 4 and the Switch version on July 25. So to all you Harry Potter fans, take the day off and treat yourself to a nice 3 day weekend at Hogwarts, ideally with a snowfall right outside your window (because you’re worth it).
If you pre-order the Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacythen you get 72 hours early access, and you can start playing the game on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 on any of the next-gen consoles or PCs.
We haven’t heard of a beta yet, and we’re not sure we have one. We’ll let you know if we hear anything.
Hogwarts Legacy | Trailers
So far we’ve had a few trailers, one that’s purely cinematic and one that shows the actual gameplay:
Hogwarts Legacy Reveal Trailer
This one came out over a year before it was released:
There is something so special about the Harry Potter universe.
Hogwarts Legacy gameplay trailer
This one was released at Gamescom 2022:
This confirms that the game will have more fights than most expected. And we’ve used it to confirm a ton of other things in the game, but we’ll get to that later.
Hogwarts Legacy | Platforms and prices
Portkey Games has confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC. There will be a download and disc option available for players.
Here is the current RRP of the game:
|Standard Edition Price (USD)||Deluxe Edition Price (USD)||Price (GBP)||Deluxe Edition Standard Edition Price (GBP)||Price (EUR)||Deluxe Edition Standard Edition Price (EUR)|
|Xbox series X/S||$69.99||$79.99||£59.99||£69.99||€69.99||€79.99|
Basically, the deluxe version will cost you 10 more no matter what currency you use. In exchange, you get early access to the game, exclusive clothing and a Thestral mount.
Hogwarts Legacy | Gameplay
We know a lot about the gameplay so far, thankfully.
Customization of Hogwarts characters, companions and classes
Portkey Games includes a character customization system that allows us to modify our appearance in the game. However, they have not identified any details regarding the level of customization in Hogwarts Legacy. We know that different facial scars and hairstyles can be chosen, but nothing else has been revealed. We probably won’t see the full depth of this system until Hogwarts Legacy is released.
Once our characters have been customized, the scenario will begin with our distribution to a house (our character joins Hogwarts late, in fifth year, but we do not yet know why). We don’t know how sorting works, but we assume that the Sorting Hat will ask various questions that we must answer and depending on the answers provided, we will be introduced to one of four houses, which include:
Once we have a house, we can visit the respective common room. These common rooms play an important role in Hogwarts Legacy, as it’s where we’ll go back to sleep, and it’s where we’ll meet other students (many of whom will offer quests).
There are students with whom you can become very close friends, these characters become “companions”. And companions will help us in various missions in the open world environment. But choosing the perfect companion won’t be an easy task, as everyone will have a different personality and different skill set. So far we know of three possible companions:
- Nankai Onia – An adventurous and courageous student, she is determined to locate the dark forces at Hogwarts and bring them to justice.
- poppy candy – This Hufflepuff student has an incredible heart and a kinship with magical animals. She connects more easily with magical animals than with humans, making her the perfect companion for someone who prioritizes caring for magical creatures.
- Sebastian Seller – This charismatic rule breaker doesn’t care where he’s going or who he’s bothering. He has a disturbing family history that he can’t seem to escape, which creates a destructive personality. Because of this, you should be able to find items in the Hogwarts Restricted Area with this companion. He looks like the best companion available for min-maxers.
As you can see, these are all stereotypical examples of their respective houses, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We don’t know why there is no Ravenclaw companion, which is a bummer.
You will develop your magical skills by attending certain classes. Some classes will be a required part of the story, but others can be taken on your own. You can see the available courses below:
- Defense Against the Dark Arts
- history of magic
- Care of Magical Creatures
Now, many of you may be thinking, “All I care about is combat magic, so I’m going to focus on Defense Against the Dark Arts.” And although there are dozens of great combat spells in Hogwarts Legacywe have already seen plants that can be used as pomegranatescrucial potions that will be needed for boss fightsand dozens of magical creatures worth taming. So even if you’re combat-oriented, you can still develop powerful magic by taking courses like herbology, potions, and care of magical creatures.
Locations, Exploration, and Roon of Requirement in Hogwarts Legacy
If you have time for a deep dive on Hogwarts Legacy, then read this article, which details every confirmed location so far. But to sum up: the map for this game will include Hogwarts and surrounding areas, including Hogsmeade. The surrounding area is huge and will include smaller wizarding villages and combat areas like dungeons. So Hogwarts Legacy should feel more open-world than any Harry Potter game we’ve seen before.
Of course, you’ll be staying at Hogwarts for the first part of the game, but once you know enough to defend yourself, you should be free to go as you see fit. Portkey Games has also confirmed that seasonal environments will affect these areas beyond Hogwarts. But we don’t know how climate change will affect our ability to cast or explore the global environment.
Enemies, Spells, and Talents in Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy will have different enemies with their own offensive and defensive abilities. For example, dark wizards can mix mind-blowing spells with explosive curses to create brutal combinations for players to overcome. While Trolls will attack with you with brute force. Distinguishing these enemies and their strengths is an integral part of Hogwarts Legacy.
You can find a complete list of all enemy monsters confirmed so far here.
The main weapon in your arsenal is, of course, your spells. Now, if you just want to nerd-out and take a look at every confirmed spell in Hogwarts Legacy, here’s a list of all the spells we’ve seen so far. Don’t worry if you don’t have time right now, the important thing is that the Flipendo GOATed has entered the game, phew).
Many spells will come naturally as you progress through the story. But we also know that other spells will be optional and up to you to learn. Once you have learned spells, you can then choose to “equip” them, and then you can use those equipped spells in combat.
Also, Unforgivable curses are in the game. But you must choose to take your character down a dark path in the story if you want to learn these spells. We’ve seen the Cruciatus Curse (Crucio) and the Killing Curse (Avada Kedavra) with our own eyes, but we haven’t seen the Imperius Curse (Imperio) yet.
Besides spells, you can improve your character mechanically by unlocking talents. They are essentially skills and work like other skill trees in RPGs. As you level up, you can unlock more talents in the Room of Requirement (The Room of Requirement is basically your home base in Hogwarts Legacy, but more on that later). Talents are divided into five categories in Hogwarts Legacy, but we could only see three in the gameplay preview: Room of Requirement Talents, Stealth Talents, and Basic Talents.
There will also be challenges located in the open world environment of Hogwarts Legacy. You can complete these challenges to earn experience points and improve your skills.
Equipment and stores in Hogwarts Legacy
Portkey Games will include a looting system for magic weapons and armor. But you’ll also want to invest in a must-have backup. In the Room of Requirement, players upgrade their magical gear, weapons, and appearance.
The Room of Requirement plays an important role…
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