Hogwarts Legacy release date, trailers, gameplay, news, and more

With the Hogwarts Legacy release date now official, it’s time to look at all the gameplay, trailers, and news that this wizarding world has to offer

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Want to know when the Hogwarts Legacy release date is? Revealed during a Sony PlayStation Showcase event in September 2020, Hogwarts Legacy is a prequel to the Harry Potter series of books and films. Developed by Warner Bros. Games, Avalanche, and Portkey Games as a collaborative effort, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800s, and lets budding witches and wizards fulfil the usual classroom duties as a student, all while exploring the campus and its surrounding areas in this open-world game, along with many of Hogwarts’ lively patrons.

The Hogwarts Legacy release date has been pushed back a few times, but we finally have an exact date in place. We’ve got all the details on what you can expect from the next RPG game in the Harry Potter universe, including Hogwarts Legacy trailers, news, gameplay, and more.

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Hogwarts Legacy release date

The Hogwarts Legacy release date is February 10, 2023, and it will be available via Steam on PC, along with PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. It’s been confirmed to launch on Nintendo Switch, but that platform will be released at a later date.

Hogwarts Legacy was previously going to release in late 2022, but according to Avalanche, the delay will help the team “deliver the best possible game experience”. This has been welcomed by fans, as some point out that the recent showing at Gamescom 2022 had some awkward animation bugs.

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Hogwarts Legacy trailers

The initial reveal trailer kicked things off, showcasing floating staircases, students falling asleep in the classroom, the Sorting Hat, and so much more. Since then, lengthy gameplay trailers have shown that students will learn new spells and techniques during lessons, but they’ll need to master the basics relatively quickly as the game starts in their fifth year. Classes you attend include Defense Against The Dark Arts, Herbology, Potions, Charms, and plenty more. Side assignments, designed to catch you up to your fifth-year peers, are also available, such as flying on broomsticks – though you can’t play Quidditch in-game, unfortunately.

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You’ll have all of Hogwarts to explore during your free time, from lush castle courtyards to enchanted staircases and even the Hogwarts kitchen. Many rooms require puzzle-solving to enter, such as casting the Accio spell to activate doorways and platforms. You’ll also work with one of Hogwarts’s teachers, Professor Fig, to uncover mysteries and rumours of a Goblin rebellion led by the influential Ranrok and his Dark Wizard allies, as dangers lurk around every turn if you’re not careful.

You can also learn Talents, which are upgrades ranging from casting spells and raising plants and animals to brewing potions and being very stealthy. Completing challenges earns experience, and you can spend points in one of the six talent pools when you level up. The Room of Requirement acts as a home base where you can apply upgrades to your equipment or make your own living space with the help of a house-elf named Deek.

In addition, Hogwarts Legacy offers players the chance to loot, craft, and buy their magical gear or take care of the many wonderful plants and beasts who can aid them in combat.

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Players will be given choices throughout the story, such as whether they learn the Crucio curse or have it cast on them by their companion Sebastian Sallow – a Slytherin student going against the teachings of a so-far unnamed professor. We also see students fling fireballs at zombies, duel against dark wizards, and explore deep within Hogwarts’ catacombs.

 

Hogwarts Legacy gameplay details

A relatively recent behind-the-scenes look at the game shows a character opening the Hufflepuff common room entrance with a precise series of knocks. Both Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw common rooms aren’t in any Harry Potter books outside of a few passages, so wizards and witches sorted into these two houses will be able to explore their home base for the very first time. Portkey Games has now released virtual tours for all four common rooms, including both Slytherin and Gryffindor.

There’s also speculation that there will be a cave swimming mechanic as eagle-eyed fans spotted a cave connected to the lake, with one viewer assuming that this “could possibly be the little cove that the first years go to in the boats before the sorting”.

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Hogwarts Legacy pre-order DLC

Hogwarts Legacy will be available on PC in three different versions. The Deluxe edition gives you the same base game as the Standard edition but includes 72 hours of early access to the game. In addition, you’ll get the following items as part of the Dark Arts pack:

  • Threstral mount
  • Dark Arts cosmetic set
  • Dark Arts battle arena
  • Dark Arts garrison hat (digital deluxe only)

There will also be a Collector’s edition which includes all of the bonuses above and the following real-life trinkets:

  • Life-size floating ancient magic wand with a book base
  • Steel case
  • Kelpie robe (cosmetic DLC)

Finally, no matter which edition you choose, the pre-order bonus is an Onyx Hippogriff Mount.

With that, that’s all the info we have on the Hogwarts Legacy release date and all the other details you need to know. However, you may be wondering if Harry Potter will be in Hogwarts Legacy, or any of his pals. While the game’s events are over 100 years before Harry’s birth, other recognisable faces appear, such as the ghosts that guard the house’s common rooms.

The creator of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years. While WB Games says “JK Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game”, it is based on her work and it’s still unclear if she will receive royalties from its sales. If you’d like to learn more about transgender equality or lend your support, here are two important charities we encourage you to check out: the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US, and Mermaids in the UK.