Avalanche Software’s action-RPG Hogwarts Legacy is almost upon us and the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter franchise has never felt more exciting. In the developer’s second Gameplay Showcase, those interested were able to get a better sense of the game’s scale – thanks to some roaming around Hogwarts’ grounds – and an important insight into how combat works in the world of Hogwarts Legacy. However, the one things that really caught our eye during this livestream was the Room of Requirements. There’s so much customisation available that it’s bordering on The Sims 4.
If you’re tired of slumming it in your chosen house’s dorm room, you can head to the mysterious Room of Requirements in Hogwarts Legacy. This is a feature of Hogwarts that fans of the Harry Potter franchise will be familiar with. Traditionally, the Room of Requirements is something of a secret room that only appears when a witch or wizard requires it – so, that’s why you see Dumbledoor’s Army training in there during the Order of the Phoenix.
However, in Hogwarts Legacy, the Room of Requirements is presented as a fully customisable space where players can alter the architecture, themes, furnishings, and utility of the room to suit their playstyles and personalities. Hogwarts Legacy fans can get sorted into their houses already, so it’s never too late to start thinking about how you want your own Room of Requirements to look.
If you’re something of a studious Potions atendee, you can use the Room of Requirements to brew potions. Or, if you want to delve deeper into Magizoology, this is where you’ll be able to look after your fantastic beasts. The Hogwarts Legacy release date can’t come soon enough, right?
As explained in the footage below, from around the 21:15 mark, the Room of Requirements is going to be a hub – of sorts – for all the crafting and upgrading you’re going to be doing in Hogwarts Legacy. Of course, you can focus the conjurations you have to suit your needs, but – as per the Room of Requirements’ – you can do anything and everything in this space.
One thing that we applaud when it comes to the way Avalanche Studios has handled the deep customisation coming to Hogwarts Legacy and the Room of Requirements is that everything mechanical is integrated seamlessly with gameplay. You might be doing something mundane and organising your furniture, but you’ll still feel fully connected to the world while doing it.
Hogwarts Legacy has drawn considerable criticism during its development, largely due to the fact that the creator of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, has made a number of transphobic remarks on social media in recent years.
While Avalanche has confirmed that J.K. Rowling is not “directly involved” in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, it is working with “her team” and Portkey Games, a Warner Bros. label dedicated to launching new experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s original stories. It is currently unclear whether she will earn any royalties from the game’s sale, but it is likely given it is based on her original body of work.