Hogwarts Legacy release date revealed: Platforms, trailers, gameplay & more

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Hogwarts Legacy will let players live out their fantasy at Hogwarts in the upcoming Wizarding World RPG, so here’s everything we know about the game so far after the release date was revealed.

A number of leaks and rumors spread across the internet about what was now known as Hogwarts Legacy before its official reveal at Sony’s PS5 Showcase Event back in 2020. Since then, we’ve had a trailer, platform clarity, and a full gameplay reveal with the March 17, 2022, Sony State of Play event. Now the opening event of Gamescom has introduced a new companion quest and the Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy.

The game is something Harry Potter fans have been clamoring for years: experiencing the life of a Hogwarts student in fully realized detail. Despite there still being an aura of mystery surrounding this RPG, there are some things we know are coming, and the release date has finally been revealed too.

Here’s everything we know so far.


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Hogwarts Legacy lets you become a young witch or wizard enrolled in Hogwarts.

Is there a Hogwarts Legacy release date?

After several supposed leaked dates spread throughout 2022, the official release date finally came out on Friday, August 12.

After an expectant Holiday 2022 release, it was revealed that Hogwarts Legacy would be coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC on February 10, 2023. Unfortunately for Nintendo Switch players, the launch date is yet to be confirmed.

Explaining the decision to not provide an exact date yet, the team said that they “need a little more time to deliver the best possible game experience.”

Hogwarts Legacy trailer

So far, Portkey Games have shown off the cinematic reveal trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, showcasing the game in all its 4K, next-generation glory, and of course, the State of Play gameplay reveal.

Hogwarts itself is detailed to perfection, with its moving stairs, floating books, and instantly recognizable hallways — though fans should expect to see some differences, given the 100-year time leap between Hogwarts then and the castle as we know it.

Here’s the debut trailer for the game.

After a long time without anything truly concrete, fans had their fears and doubts put to bed after a full gameplay demonstration gave gamers a tasty, mouthwatering first proper look at the game.

Here’s the complete Sony State of Play Gameplay reveal for Hogwarts Legacy.

The Gamecom opening event revealed a new, darker trailer for one of Hogwarts Legacy’s companion quest lines.

Here’s the Sebastian Sallow’s Dark Legacy trailer for Hogwarts Legacy.

The September PlayStation State of Play also showed some new footage of Hogwarts Legacy, including a tease at the sort of villains that players might expect to face.

Is Hogwarts Legacy Multiplayer?

Hogwarts Legacy will not feature multiplayer, instead, it will be a narrative-driven, single-player-only experience.

According to the official Q&A for the game: “Hogwarts Legacy is a single player experience and does not have online or co-op gameplay.”

What is Hogwarts Legacy’s plot about?

The first thing to note about Hogwarts Legacy is that it’s not set in any time period that the Potter books or films have explored in the past. Instead, it takes us all the way back to the late 1800s, as detailed on the game’s official website.

“Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart,” the website reveals. “You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic.”

As shown off in the full gameplay reveal, you’ll start off in your fifth year of Hogwarts as a latecomer and despite the presence of the sorting hat, you will get to choose your house. Alongside your conventional year of learning, your character will also have to deal with the threat of evil goblins and outsider wizards with bad intentions.

Given its time period, there will be no mention or appearance of Harry, Ron, Hermoine, or any other popular characters from the well-known books/films. So it really is time for a whole new adventure in the wizarding world of witchcraft and wizardry.

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It’s going to be so cool to have a full Hogwarts to explore.

What do we know about Hogwarts Legacy features?

Hogwarts Legacy aims to provide players with a robust set of features, from crafting their character before jumping into a vast open-world with many well-known locations and creatures. Revealed by Bloomberg on March 3, 2021, Hogwarts Legacy will also allow for trans-inclusive characters to be created by players within the game.

Here’s some of the things that players can expect to do in Hogwarts Legacy.

Visit famous locations

Ever wanted to see the full extent of the Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw common room? Well, if you’re assigned to either of those respective houses then you’ll get to do so. Not only that, locations such as the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village will be included, along with other environments not considered or seen before in Harry Potter.

Create your own wizard or witch

Already, we’ve seen a ton of different faces, hairstyles, colors, and much more you can go through to create your perfect student. Customize your witch and wizard as they’ll be appearing in many cutscenes throughout the game.

Engage with proper RPG Elements

Hogwarts Legacy is fraught with plenty of typical RPG qualities, meaning you’ll be leveling up, upgrading your spells and equipment, and generally improving your character as the game goes on.

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Hogwarts Legacy brings some fantastic beasts to the game including, by the looks of it, dragons.

With a morality system present as well, the story is yours to craft as you learn magical spells, tame magical beasts, and explore the iconic castle of Hogwarts.

Traverse on a broomstick

Players will be able to “master broom flight” and explore a wide range of settings flying high above in the sky. Hogwarts Legacy looks to be a ginormous proposition, meaning you’ll have plenty to uncover and secrets to find.

We’ve had no official confirmation that Quidditch will be included, but given that we have full flight mechanics, we’ve already seen the Quidditch grounds, and the sport plays a huge role in the franchise, we’d expect it to get its own full reveal later on.

Learn as a student

Would it really be a year as a Hogwarts student unless you were taking part in the pre-requisites? Yes, classic teachings from Defence Against the Dark Arts and Herbology will be on the menu for players to take part in and learn. There will be tons of potions and spells for students to learn and master.

Take part in deep battles

Combat will be one of the game’s core features. With nasty goblins, bad wizards, and a variety of other hostile creatures, it’s imperative for players to adapt and learn how to handle various combat situations. After all, these Dark Wizards and Goblins will kill you if needed.

Next-Gen Immersion

Players can expect a series of immersion features reliant upon the PlayStation 5 hardware. Adaptive triggers allowing for multi-use L and R buttons standing out.  As well as fun customization like the ability to change your controller’s color to match that of your Hogwarts house.

Hogwarts Legacy platforms: Is it PlayStation exclusive?

Despite some concerns that Hogwarts Legacy will be a PlayStation exclusive. the Harry Potter game will be a multi-platform release.

Hogwarts Legacy will be on most platforms for budding witches and wizards, including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch. As noted above, though, the Nintendo Switch release date has yet to be revealed, suggesting it will come later than on other platforms.

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Hogwarts Legacy looks like it could be just what Potter fans have been asking for.

Will Hogwarts Legacy have Microtransactions?

Following on from the Hogwarts Legacy State of Play reveal, there were concerns that the game may feature microtransactions. This was due to the existence of an unexplained resource named ‘Moonstone’ as well as timed countdowns preventing the use of certain items within the ‘Room of Requirement.’

While fans at the time were quick to draw comparisons to mobile games using time locks as a way of boosting microtransaction purchases or fostering play-to-win mentalities in players, developers were quick to respond.

Chandler Wood, Community Manager at Warner Brother’s gaming arm took to Twitter to “set the record straight.”

This outright denial of a microtransaction inclusion in the game lit a fire of excitement in a player base already fatigued with the over-saturation of microtransactions in gaming.

This wraps up the info we have on this hotly anticipated game. Hopefully we’ll see Hogwarts Legacy help expand the story of the Potter universe further than it’s ever been before, especially with the brand-new time period.

Given its late 1800s setting, we might be fortunate enough to see some familiar faces if they’re particularly old. While the game is set far enough away from Harry Potter’s plotline to retain its individuality, it should still retain a sense of familiarity for fans.

Hogwarts Legacy has already garnered mass fan reaction on social media, which can hopefully carry on throughout its lifespan after the game is released. Harry Potter fans have been desperate for a good, open-world game from the series for years, and this could just be it.

Hogwarts Legacy Editions

With two different editions available to grab before Hogwarts Legacy comes out, choosing one may be a challenge. Here’s everything they give you and what they are:

Hogwarts Legacy Digital Deluxe Edition

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The Deluxe Edition comes with many perks.

The Deluxe Edition was also announced at Gamescom. It contains many perks as well as early access. Check out all the bonuses below:

  • 72 Hours Early Access
  • Onyx Hippogriff Mount
  • Dark Arts Garrison Hat
  • Dark Arts Pack which includes: Thestral Mount, Dark Arts Cosmetic Set, Dark Arts Battle Arena

Hogwart’s Legacy Collectors Edition

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The collector’s edition of Hogwarts Legacy introduces physical aspects.

The Collectors edition is more of a physical purchase rather than having online benefits, however, it does still have many in-game perks. Here’s what you get:

  • 72 Hours Early Access
  • Dark Arts Pack which includes: Thestral Mount, Dark Arts Cosmetic Set, Dark Arts Battle Arena
  • Kelpie Robe
  • Dark Arts Garrison Hat
  • Physical Collectors Edition Box
  • Physical Steel Case with the full game inside
  • Physical Floating Wand with Book Base

Keep an eye on this page if you’re keen on more information. We’ll continue to update this page as we approach the launch.

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