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Hogwarts Legacy: Release date, gameplay, trailer, pre-order bonuses, more

Harry Potter fans will soon be able to live out their wizarding dreams with the release of Hogwarts Legacy, an upcoming action RPG.

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The Harry Potter franchise is soon to deliver its most expansive game yet and here’s everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy’s release date, gameplay, and more.

Harry Potter is one of the most iconic films and literature franchises in the world with countless fans across the globe. Hogwarts Legacy is looking to be the most comprehensive Harry Potter game yet.

With the content-rich wizarding world to draw upon, the highly anticipated Hogwarts Legacy will immerse players into the Harry Potter universe like never before.

Here’s everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy including the release date, gameplay details, and more.

Hogwarts Legacy release date

Hogwarts Legacy’s release date is officially confirmed as February 10, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, and PC players.

Unfortunately, the game has been delayed for the PS4 and Xbox One and will be arriving on April 4, 2023.

Within the same announcement, the devs also revealed the release date for the Nintendo Switch version of the game, which is set for July 25, 2023.

Who is making Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Avalanche Software, an American development studio who are affiliated with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Avalanche Software are renowned for making video games from movie franchises such as Disney’s Cars and Toy Story. As the Harry Potter movies are owned and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, this gave Avalanche Software the rights and opportunity to create a game using the Wizarding World created by J. K. Rowling.

While the studio insists Rowling wasn’t directly involved with the game’s development, the writer will still profit from the sales. Due to her anti-transgender comments, this has led to backlash and boycotts.

How to get Hogwarts Legacy early access

You can play Hogwarts Legacy early on February 7, 2023, by preordering any of the special editions of the game. There are three different versions of Hogwarts Legacy that grant you early access to Hogwarts Legacy.

Here are all three versions of Hogwarts Legacy:

  • Hogwarts Legacy: Deluxe Edition ($79.99 / £74.99)
  • Hogwarts Legacy: Digital Deluxe Edition ($79.99 / £74.99)
  • Hogwarts Legacy: Collector’s Edition ($299.99 / £279.99)

Hogwarts Legacy pre-order bonuses

Fans can pre-order Hogwarts Legacy right now up until its release. You can pre-order the Deluxe Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, or the Collector’s Edition. Here’s an overview of the pre-order bonuses depending on the version you choose.

Pre-order bonus itemHogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition Hogwarts Legacy Digital Deluxe EditionHogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition
Thestral Mount
Dark Arts Cosmetic Set
Dark Arts Battle Arena
Onyx Hippogriff Mount
72-Hour Early Access
Dark Arts Garrison HatX
Cross-gen UpgradeXX
Steel CaseXX
Kelpie RobeXX
Collector’s Edition BoxXX
Floating Wand with Book BaseXX

Does Hogwarts Legacy have multiplayer or co-op?

Hogwarts Legacy will not come with multiplayer or online co-op at launch, so you can’t play the game with your friends. However, it’s possible that these options could be added later on in its life cycle.

The game also doesn’t feature cross-progression, crossplay, or anything of the sort. Hogwarts Legacy requires an internet connection to download the Day 1 patch. However, you most likely will not need to be online to play after that.

How long does it take to beat Hogwarts Legacy?

leaked art book revealed that Hogwarts Legacy’s main campaign takes 35 hours to complete, and a completionist run has a runtime of 70 hours.

However, this information wasn’t officially announced by Portkey Games themselves. The game will feature plenty of optional objectives for you to tackle, including secret dungeons and boss fights.

Hogwarts Legacy gameplay details

Hogwarts Legacy spells

Developers Avalanche Software have revealed that the game will take place in the 1800s. According to the devs this was a conscious decision to prevent your wizarding story to be overshadowed by a certain modern-day wizarding hero.

As the protagonist, your character will be tasked with investigating a goblin-led rebellion. The goblins have allied with dark wizards and you’ll have to take on some dangerous foes along the way. Hogwarts Legacy will allow you to explore Hogwarts’ massive grounds as well as many surrounding areas.

Wizard character customization

Hogwarts Legacy customization

Players will have the opportunity to fully customize their character for this grand adventure. Once you’ve created your character, the Sorting Hat will place you in one of the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

Life as a Hogwarts student

Hogwarts students in potions class

Once you’ve been placed in a Hogwarts house, you’ll have access to your dorms and begin to attend classes. From Potions to Defense Against the Dark Arts, you’ll attempt to hone your wizarding skills all while making new friends along the way.

As a student, you’ll be able to make friends in different houses, including the Slytherin student Sebastian Sallow who teaches you the Cruciatus Curse, putting you on the path to becoming a dark wizard.

Hogwarts Legacy RPG elements

Hogwarts Legacy upgrades

As you attempt to tackle the dark secrets that await you outside of the castle, you’ll certainly grow as a wizard. You’ll be able to upgrade your talents and abilities with the experience points you’ve earned from completing challenges.

Players will also be able to upgrade their catalog of spells making them more effective and powerful as they progress through the game.

In Hogwarts Legacy, combat between wizards will include the use of offensive and defensive spells but that’s not all. Players can also brew powerful potions to give them an advantage when facing enemies.

Hogwarts Legacy locations

hogwarts legacy castle

Hogwarts Legacy is confirmed to feature 24 classic Harry Potter locations across its vast open world, including the main castle, Forbidden Forest, the Room of Requirement, Diagon Alley, and different classes for players to attend.

These locations will be familiar to Harry Potter fans as many of the most memorable moments in the series took place in them. Harry got his wand and school supplies from Diagon Alley, and Dumbledore’s Army was trained in the Room of Requirement.

Hogwarts Legacy beasts

While exploring the world of Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll encounter a variety of different magical creatures including Hippogriffs, Dragons, Graphorns, Trolls, Mooncalfs, Acromantula, and Nifflers.

You can collect these beasts and then visit them in a location known as The Vivarium which can be accessed through The Room of Requirement. You can feed and play with them whenever you go to this location.

Is Hogwarts Legacy on Xbox Game Pass?

Hogwarts Legacy wand shop

At this moment, there is no indication that Hogwarts Legacy will appear on Xbox Game Pass. The game will be available to purchase on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch.

Xbox Game Pass members would love to see Hogwarts Legacy available on the service, however, as there is a variety of PlayStation-exclusive content, it’s unlikely that Hogwarts Legacy will be seen on the Game Pass.

Does Hogwarts Legacy have microtransactions?

The developers confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will feature no microtransactions in any way, shape, or form. Meaning that you will be able to enjoy all the content of the game without having to make additional purchases.

Hogwarts Legacy trailers

As well as the reveal trailer, Avalanche Software have also brought two gameplay showcase trailers leading up to the release date.

The latest gameplay showcase was released on December 14, 2022. The nearly 35-minute trailer showcased the most in-depth look at Hogwarts Legacy yet. The trailer unveils several key aspects of the game, including broom flight, traversal, combat, and more.

An official cinematic trailer was released on 18 January 2023, and this followed the perspective of an owl flying across Hogwarts on its way to deliver a message to one of the students. This trailer showed the classes, students, spells, Nearly Headless Nick, Dragons, and more.


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Image Credits: Avalanche Software / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment