Is Hogwarts Legacy open world?

Hamza Khalid
Hogwarts Legacy character riding a HippogriffAvalanche Software

Hogwarts Legacy is an action-packed RPG that focuses on the war between wizards and goblins. Now that the game is releasing on Nintendo Switch, here’s what players who are yet to explore the Wizarding World need to know about Hogwarts Legacy being open world.

Hogwarts Legacy lived up to its hype and became one of the biggest games in 2023. After making record-breaking sales on PC and new-gen as well as old-gen consoles, it is finally arriving on the Nintendo Switch.

Inspired by the Harry Potter franchise, the game features spells, beasts, and much more. Although the story is different from the original series, players can still run into many classic Harry Potter characters on their journey.

Since Switch players will finally be getting their hands on the game, many of them are curious if there’s an open world in Hogwarts Legacy, and this guide should clear such doubts.

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Is Hogwarts Legacy open world?

Yes, Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world title, and this was confirmed by the developers in the game’s FAQ section before the launch on new-gen consoles and PC. Now that the game has been out for a few months, we can confirm that the open world is quite massive and filled with several elements like Merlin Trials.

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The map in Hogwarts Legacy includes the Common Rooms, Classrooms, the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village, and Diagon Alley. Since the game features flying broomsticks as a means of traversal, you’ll get to soar across the map while exploring.

Hogwarts Legacy key art featuring a characters looking at Hogwarts.Avalanche Software
Hogwarts Legacy was released for PS5, Windows, and Xbox X/S on February 10, 2023.

If you purchased the Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition or the Collector’s Edition then you will be able to access the Dark Arts Battle Arena where you can practice your spells on AI enemies.

While the game doesn’t feature multiplayer or co-op, you’ll get to meet other students like Poppy Sweeting and Sebastian Sallow who will join you as AI companions during your exploration of the school.

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Hamza is a Content Creator & Publisher at Charlie INTEL, who graduated from Bahria University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He's spent the past few years covering news and guides for various video games, including Call of Duty and Apex Legends. He loves digital art, movies, and comic books. You can contact Hamza at [email protected].