Portkey Games’ RPG open-world Harry Potter video game, Hogwarts Legacy, will release this holiday season.

Later this year, aspiring wizards and witches (players) will finally receive their letter from Hogwarts School Of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s been two years since Avalanche Studios and Warner Bros Games first revealed Hogwarts Legacy to fans. The Harry Potter-based game was initially supposed to release the last year 2021. But the game was delayed till 2022. Now it’s been announced by Avalanche Studios that Hogwarts Legacy will make its official release this Holiday season.

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The exact date is still to be determined, but we can assume the game’s release will be near Thanksgiving or Christmas. Before announcing the video game’s release, Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Studios released twenty minutes of gameplay footage for Hogwarts Legacy.

Welcome Back To Hogwarts

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The twenty-minute gameplay footage of Hogwarts Legacy was a part of Playstation’s State Of Play live stream. The gameplay footage showcased all of the magical activities that players can participate in while playing the game. Those activities include attending classes, wizard dueling, raising magical creatures, etc. Those notable classes include Charms, Herbology, Defense Against The Dark Arts, Potions, and more.

Hopefully, we can attend other memorable classes such as Flying, Transfiguration, Divination, and Care Of Magical Creatures (hinted in the gameplay footage and trailers). Additionally, the Hogwarts Legacy State Of Play featured players being able to get sorted in their preferred Hogwarts houses (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff).

A notable highlight in the gameplay feature is that players will start the game as fifth-year Hogwarts students and start late in their magical careers. In the Harry Potter films and novels, students would enroll in Hogwarts as a first-year or when they are near the age of eleven. This plot detail is unique, as we are used to seeing student start their magical journey at a young age. 

It seems that the story details of Hogwarts Legacy are still a mystery and kept under wraps. However, we know that the game’s setting will be in the 1800s. The gameplay feature did reveal that the game plot will focus on forgotten ancient magic resurfacing in the Wizarding World. We can also assume that the film will have nods or elements based on the Harry Potter films, novels, and the Fantastic Beasts movies. 

The Harry Potter-Based Game That Potterheads Could Be Waiting For

Words can not explain my excitement for this upcoming game as a massive Harry Potter fan. I grew up watching all the films, reading the novels, and playing their subsequent games. Ever since I was younger, I wished for a Harry Potter-based game that would be open world and have the whole magical experience, not featured in the movie licensed games. The Harry Potter games dear to my heart are the Playstation 1 versions of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber Of Secrets.

The last Harry Potter games I played somewhat that had some open-world gameplay were the Playstation 3 versions of Order Of The Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. However, the Playstation 3 versions of Order Of The Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince only allowed players to explore Hogwarts to some extent. Hogwarts Legacy seems to expand locations outside Hogwarts, such as the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village, and possibly the countryside. Hopefully, Hogwarts Legacy is the game millions of Potterheads, and I have waited for. Mischief Managed! 

About Hogwarts Legacy

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Release: Holiday Season 2022 (Release date still to be announced)

Studio: Avalanche Studios

Publisher: Portkey Games

Genre: Role Playing, Open World, Fantasy  

Number of Players: Single-Player

SystemsMicrosoft WindowsPlayStation 4PlayStation 5Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Online/Crossplay: N/A

Synopsis: Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. For the first time, experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.

What were your thoughts on the State Of Play gameplay footage of Hogwarts Legacy? What are you looking most forward to in playing Hogwarts Legacy? What is your favorite Harry Potter-based game? Let us know what you think in the comments below, or let us know on Twitter.

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Source: Playstation.Blog