Hogwarts Legacy is one of the best-selling games in recent years. Set in the familiar wizarding world and giving us a glimpse at the school of Hogwarts decades before Harry Potter graced the world, the RPG is expected to offer a lot of player choice, from which lessons you can take, to how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Announced in 2020, the game has suffered some setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing the Hogwarts Legacy release date back. However, development has continued and it looks like we’re set to get our hands on the game in 2023.
This will be the first big-budget Harry Potter game for consoles since the final movie tie-in game for the PS3 and Xbox 360, released all the way back in 2011. Continue reading on to find out what we know about the Hogwarts Legacy release date, story, and activities you can get up to with your fellow classmates.
Hogwarts Legacy release date
Hogwarts Legacy launched on February 10, 2023 on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
The game is still set to come to PS4 and Xbox One on May 5, 2023, and on Nintendo Switch on July 25, 2023.
Hogwarts Legacy platforms
Hogwarts Legacy is a multi-platform release, with launches for both new-gen, old-gen, and Nintendo Switch in the works.
Hogwarts Legacy is already out on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5, but it is coming out on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in the future.
Hogwarts Legacy trailer
We got a sneak peek at one of the companion quests at 2022’s Gamescom Opening Night Live. Here, players could take a step closer to the Dark Arts through befriending young Slytherin Sebastian Sallow.
Hogwarts Legacy gameplay
We got a long old look at Hogwarts Legacy’s gameplay during March’s State of Play.
Hogwarts Legacy story
The game is set in the late 1800s and follows the player’s own custom student. This student will choose will be sorted into their Hogwarts House and attend classes at Hogwarts.
From there, they can explore the surrounding areas of Hogwarts, including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village, to meet people, learn spells, tame beasts, and take on threats that are facing the wizarding school.
The game’s overarching plot focuses on a goblin rebellion that threatens the magical order.
Hogwarts Legacy activities
There are a lot of different activities for you to take part in Hogwarts Legacy. As mentioned, you will explore not only Hogwarts but the surrounding areas and famous locations from the movies and books as well.
As a student you will take part in lessons to learn new abilities and combat spells, allowing you to take on tougher enemies and solve new puzzles throughout the world. You can also brew potions and other concoctions which can be used in combat.
Within Hogwarts, you can befriend fellow students, have them join you as companions, and solve puzzles within the building. Beyond Hogwarts, you can visit Hogsmeade and other locations, explore dungeons tackle puzzles, roam a vast open-world that will change with each new season and more.
There is also loot to find in the open world, challenges to complete and items to hunt down.
That covers everything we know about Hogwarts Legacy, including the expected Hogwarts Legacy platforms. For those of you on PC, check out the best Hogwarts Legacy mods list.
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.