Harry Potter is a legendary franchise, it is immortal in the hearts of fans for decades and will continue to be iconic in its run. There have been multiple games released based on this franchise but now fans can look forward to the new big Harry Potter game, which might just be the biggest of them all.
Hogwarts Legacy is an action role-playing game set to release sometime in the year 2022. It is set in the Wizarding World back in the late 1800s as per the franchise’s timeline. The game is being developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, falling under their Portkey Games label. Portkey Games is a game label owned by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which was founded in 2017 and is dedicated to creating gaming experiences related to the Wizarding World from the Harry Potter franchise, based on the Harry Potter novel series by author J. K. Rowling. Notable Portkey games in circulation include Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Harry Potter: Puzzles and Spells and the to-be-announced Harry Potter: Magic Awakened.
The game will belong to the series of the Wizarding World and the Harry Potter video games. It will be powered by the Unreal Engine game engine developed by Epic Games. The announced playable platforms include Microsoft Windows (PC), Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. It will exclusively be on Single Player mode.
The plot of Hogwarts Legacy follows the story of a student at Hogwarts back in the late 1800s. Players will get to choose their Hogwarts House and then proceed to attend classes at the esteemed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In the process, they will be able to explore an open world which includes iconic locations from the franchise; the Forbidden Forest and the Hogsmeade Village have been confirmed thus far. Players will also get to study, learn and then cast various magic spells, brew a variety of portions, tame many magical beasts and master other combative abilities. At the start, players will get to customize their own character’s voice, body type and preferred gender pronouns. An unexplained Morality system is also said to play an integral role within the game.
Hogwarts Legacy is now in the acquisition of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment since they bought Avalanche Software from Disney back in 2017. This was the same year in which the Portkey Games label was established and expressed its dedication to managing the Wizarding World series. They have stated that creator J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the game’s development, which may come as good news or bad news depending on the fan. The game was announced at the PlayStation 5 event held in September 2020 first and then the other playable platforms were announced in 2021.
Unfortunately, the game’s delayed release in 2022 was officially announced on January 13th 2021 due to prevailing situations. Surprisingly enough, the game’s gameplay footage was leaked as early as in 2018. This really riled up fans since then but regardless, the delay is inevitable. So hang tight for this epic game installation of the ever mystical Harry Potter franchise!