Hogwarts Legacy: Release date, Trailer, Platforms, Story, Gameplay - top most popular games in 2021
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What is Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming action RPG game set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Rumors about an open-world Harry Potter game first came out more than two years ago, but it wasn’t until the September 16 PlayStation 5 event that the game was first officially revealed. Check out the official reveal trailer in full 4K quality above, said Androidauthority.

In Hogwarts Legacy, you play as a student admitted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Unlike previous games, your character is admitted late (around 5th year), but you will still get to experience the Sorting Hat in some fashion.

Hogwarts Legacy: Release date, Trailer, Platforms, Story, Gameplay - top most popular games in 2021
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The game starts out like other games, learning the ins and outs of magic in classes. However, it quickly becomes apparent that your character has a special link to ancient magic hidden deep within the school itself. It’s up to you to stop this power from tearing apart the Wizarding World — or take advantage of it to further your own power.

Release date and platforms

With the release of a teaser trailer, the PS5 showcase revealed that Hogwarts Legacy is set to come to the PS5 as well as the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Along with next-gen consoles, it's also set to ride its broomstick on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We don't yet have an exact release date, but it's expected to launch sometime in 2021, so it's not so far off, according to Gamesradar.


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We only have a single trailer so far, which was shown off at Sony's September PS5 price and release date reveal. It does, though, show off some magically next-gen environments, with fantastical creatures, plenty of wand-action, and hints at a mysterious power that your avatar holds...


Warner Bros. FAQ support page states that Hogwarts Legacy isn't a direct adaptation of the books and films, but it will be "anchored in Wizarding World lore." While it will stay true to the lore of the Harry Potter universe, you won't be seeing Harry, Ron, or Hermione in this adventure since you'll be playing as a student attending the famous school for witchcraft and wizardry during the 1800s. Set hundreds of years before Potter is born, you get to experience student life and "embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world."

Hogwarts Legacy: Release date, Trailer, Platforms, Story, Gameplay - top most popular games in 2021
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Sounds very ominous, doesn't it? We don't know much more about the story at the moment, but from the sounds of it, you'll be facing some unknown dangers in your pursuit to discover the truth.

Gameplay features

As an open-world RPG, Hogwarts Legacy is said to put you at the heart of your own adventure in the wizarding world, where you get to be the "witch or wizard you choose to be." While we haven't seen any details about if or how you can customize your character's appearance, we do know that you'll be able to grow your magical abilities to master spells and combat skills through casting, brewing potions, and taming fantastic beasts.

Hogwarts Legacy: Release date, Trailer, Platforms, Story, Gameplay - top most popular games in 2021
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Since it is an open-world adventure, you won't just be exploring Hogwarts. You'll also get to go beyond the walls of the school and visit "new and familiar locations", such as the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmead Village

When it comes to the kinds of things you'll be getting up to in its open-world setting, Hogwarts Legacy is filled with various missions and scenarios that you'll encounter along your journey. These will challenge your morality, so it's up to you to decide how you handle each situation. You won't have to face all of the dangers of your journey alone though, while it is a single-player experience with no multiplayer aspect that we know of so far, you will get to select companions who help you face your foes.

The Warner Bros FAQ also mentions that you'll be able to select your Hogwarts house at the beginning of the game, with more details set to be revealed soon.

What are people saying about 'Hogwarts Legacy'?

The reaction to the game announcement was mixed on social media — almost everyone seemed to think the game itself looked awesome but questioned whether it was ethical to buy the title, according to Sportingnews.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has made controversial remarks that many people view as transphobic. Rowling likely gets a substantial financial cut from the game's production. Developers, in fact, have reportedly been rattled by the actions of Rowling.


What do the graphics for 'Hogwarts Legacy' look like?

The graphics look really good, at least from the trailer included below.

A combination of next-gen graphics and storage space capabilities means this should be an open-world epic well beyond what "Harry Potter" video game fans are accustomed to.

How much will 'Hogwarts Legacy' cost?

Warner Bros. has not announced a price for "Hogwarts Legacy" quite yet, but it's possible it will be more expensive for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series One than current consoles. There have already been several titles, including "NBA 2K21," that have announced a price point of $69.99 for next-gen editions.

Is J.K. Rowling involved?

After J.K. Rowling made transphobic comments, there's been a lot of concern surrounding whether the author has any involvement in the creation of Hogwarts Legacy. Warner Bros. Games states in the FAQ that "J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World. This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling."

Can I choose my house?

Yes! Portkey Games has promised that players will be able to choose their house at the start of Hogwarts Legacy, although you may not be able to change it afterward. Hopefully, we get more details on this soon.

Does Hogwarts Legacy have Quidditch?

Portkey Games hasn’t announced whether or not the game will feature Quidditch, but there are brooms in the trailer so we’re hopeful that it will. It would fit well with the open-world nature of the game, but we’ll update this article as soon as more details are revealed.

Will it have 2-player gameplay?

For now, it’s looking like Hogwarts Legacy is a purely single-player affair. You’ll have to get your Harry Potter co-op fix from the older games in the universe.

Who developed Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Avalanche Software, which has been working on Disney games for more than a decade. In fact, they were acquired by Disney in 2017.

The game will be published by Portkey Games, which has published many other Harry Potter games in recent years.

How does Hogwarts Legacy fit into the Harry Potter Wizarding World?

While Portkey Games are not direct adaptations of the books and films, the games are firmly rooted in the Harry Potter universe. While remaining true to J.K. Rowling’s original work, Portkey game developers chart new territory by creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the wizarding world, Hogwartslegacy.com reported.

Will you see Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley in the game?

No, Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s, before the time period of J.K. Rowling’s original stories.

Will Hogwarts Legacy adhere to Wizarding World lore?

Yes. While Hogwarts Legacy is not a direct adaptation of the books and films, the games are anchored in Wizarding World lore. Avalanche is creating a unique gaming experience that is inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, in which players will find new and unexpected locations, characters, and story elements.

What does Portkey mean, and why have you chosen it for this label?

In the Harry Potter series, a Portkey is an object, enchanted to instantly transport anyone touching it to a specific location. Most of the time, a Portkey is an everyday object that would not draw the attention of a Muggle. For Portkey Games, it symbolizes how games under this label will transport fans to their own adventures inspired by the Wizarding World.

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