During the Hogwarts Legacy State of Play, which PlayStation has done tonight, new information has been revealed, as well as a new gameplay trailer for the Avalanche Software title.
The open-world role-playing video game, based on the universe of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (created by the writer JK Rowling), has not disappointed its fans; And there are many since remember that the first trailer has more than 28 million views on the PlayStation YouTube channel.
But let’s get to the important stuff. In the State of Play, which lasted around 23 minutes, we were able to enjoy mostly extensive gameplay captured on Sony’s PS5 spearhead. Remember that this is what was expected since PlayStation itself stated that at least 14 would be images of Hogwarts Legacy.
In the gameplay video, we have been able to see how our character (which is fully customizable), who has an unusual talent to perceive and master Ancient Magic , is accepted into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Here we will be able to travel and explore many familiar places that we have seen in the films of the franchise, in addition, we will be able to discover fantastic beasts, create a multitude of potions with ingredients collected and cultivated by us, improve the basic talents of our character and enlarge our repertoire of spells and abilities.
But the plot not only takes place within the walls of Hogwarts, since we will have a very large open world, with a multitude of biomes to visit. Additionally, the game will feature dynamic weather and seasons, which will completely change the landscape from one season to another. And to go through it, a priori, we can use our broom, as well as different winged animals.
Hogwarts Legacy release date
To wrap up, we’ve also been able to see and hear some feedback from some of the Avalanche Software folks who are bringing the magical world of Hogwarts Legacy to life. In addition, they also revealed that the game will be released in Christmas 2023, although no specific date has been specified. Hogwarts Legacy is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.
Hogwarts Legacy announces the release date for its art book, and perhaps its premiere
Although Warner Bros has not yet mentioned what day Hogwarts Legacy will release, the release date of its art book has raised alarm bells. It was a couple of days ago that an official website presented this book and its premiere on September 6, 2023, information that many have already linked to the release date of the game.
Although there is nothing to verify that Hogwarts Legacy will be released in September, many players have linked its release to that of its art book. As a general rule, these types of books arrive at the same time as their own game, so it would not be unusual for this to happen. However, this information must be taken with a grain of salt as we cannot verify anything until Warner Bros is mentioned.
The Hogwarts Legacy art book will arrive under the name of The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy and is signed by Jody Revenson. More details about it can be found on the official website of The Rowling Library.
Hogwarts Legacy: Warner confirms that the game will arrive throughout 2023
For days there has been a rumor through social networks that the launch of Hogwarts Legacy was going to be delayed until 2023, however to the joy of many we have been able to verify that this is not the case. Although we have not had much information about this title for a long time, Warner is still working on it and has wanted to end this rumor through one of its social networks.
It was through a Twitter thread that the official account of Warner Play Brazil mentioned the most anticipated games of the studio for 2023. Initially, he spoke of Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, to later mention Hogwarts Legacy, thus verifying that the plan for the company is to launch it before the end of the year.
Hogwarts Legacy will not arrive until the second half of 2023
Several months passed before we heard from Hogwarts Legacy again and it is not the news that we all expected. Warner Bros has already confirmed that this game set in the Harry Potter world will not arrive until the second half of 2023, something that adds to the delay that had already been announced a couple of months ago.
Although the studio has announced this new delay, it has not mentioned when this game could arrive. It is expected to be launched at the end of the year, coinciding with other major launches, although nothing can be taken for granted until confirmed by the company itself.
Hogwarts Legacy: Murders and dark magic will be part of the next Warner Bros game
After the delay of this long-awaited game set in the magical world of Harry Potter was confirmed, little has been said about it again. It was not until now that one of the writers of the game revealed a new feature of the game, about which many players had doubts.
DC Allen, the game’s writer, confirmed in a tweet that the dark arts would be present in Hogwarts Legacy. This game is recommended for people over 16 years of age, something that Allen took as a reference to insinuate that the “bad guys” could be killed in the game. After commenting on this information, he himself deleted the tweet that he had published, possibly for having revealed more things than he would have wanted.
Another important thing this writer mentioned in his now-deleted tweet was that fans would have to rewatch the game’s trailer to answer this question for themselves. If we pay attention to the trailer, several acts related to dark magic are shown, giving more force to the previous words of DC Allen.
The main designer leaves the project in the middle of a great controversy
The controversy surrounding Hogwarts Legacy already seems to be a constant week after week. The latest news about the promising new game based on the Harry Potter universe is related to some of the project’s top managers. This has been the case with Troy Leavitt , the video game’s main designer and who has decided to abandon development on his own.
The reason? His YouTube channel. We have to go back to February 20 when the popular YouTube channel DoYouKnowGaming uncovered the type of content that Troy uploaded to the platform. In it, the designer supported the GamerGate movement, characterized by the harassment of women in the video game industry. Not only that, but Troy was also defending names like John Lasseter (ex-Pixar) and Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of ATARI) , both of whom were involved in serious controversies related to harassment.
Due to the ‘discovery’, Troy’s channel hasn’t taken long to go viral ever since. Now, Leavitt has decided to end his journey at Hogwarts Legacy. Through his Twitter account, the creative announced the news: ‘ I have made the decision to leave Avalanche Software. I have nothing but good words for the game, the development team, and Warner Bros. Games. I will publish a video soon on YouTube about all this,’ he added on the social network.
Criticism has not been slow to rain down on Twitter from dozens of users, although despite this the designer has been calm, assuring that he will clarify the entire situation. “I am in excellent spirits and very pleased with my relationship with Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Software.”
Hogwarts Legacy will allow the creation of transgender characters
After it was announced that the game was delayed until the year 2023, a recent leak has surprised all players by clarifying that transgender characters in Hogwarts Legacy will be in the game. There are many people who associate this Harry Potter RPG with the writer JK Rowling and her transphobic comments, however, the developers of this game have made it clear from the beginning that they are not in favor of them.
Although in past statements they had talked about working with organizations that fight for LGBTQ+ rights, it was not until now that it had been leaked that there would be total freedom in the game when creating the characters. In this way, it will be possible to modify the voice and different parts of the character’s body independently, which will be the ones used by the players in the game.
This extensive in-game customization would come as a result of JKRowling’s feedback as it made many team members feel uncomfortable. They pushed to include this type of characterization in the game, as they wanted to make it clear that the writer’s comments had nothing to do with Hogwarts Legacy.
Harry Potter Hogwarts Legacy delayed until 2023
Bad news for Harry Potter fans who were hoping 2021 to enjoy their promising new video game, the RPG known as Hogwarts Legacy that will be available for the past and current generations. Through a message on official social media, Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have confirmed the game’s delay.
Hogwarts Legacy will finally be released in 2023, at moment without a more precise date. “We would like to thank fans around the world for their tremendous reaction to the Hogwarts Legacy announcement,” the official statement begins. “Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and game fans is paramount to us, so we’re giving the game the time it needs,” they assure him.
For this reason, the game is delayed, but not a word of the real or concrete problems. It is possible that the Covid crisis has affected production, delaying development times.
WB Games president weighs in on JK Rowling’s comments
Although the creator of the Harry Potter saga was an icon for many people years ago, her recent transphobic comments have caused the rejection of many of her fans. This has caused many to relate the creators of other works set in the magical world with the opinion of this writer and many had to give explanations in this regard. With the new RPG Hogwarts Legacy, it was not going to be less and for this occasion, it was the president of Warner Bros Games who had to talk about it.
In a recent tweet, journalist Jason Schreier posted Warner Bros Games President David Haddad’s response to JK Rowling’s comments. He replied that he had received many questions related to the topic and that he would like to answer clearly.
According to David Haddad “Although JK Rowling is the creator of Harry Potter, and we are making it happen with the power of Portkey, in many ways, she is also a private citizen. And that means he has the right to express his personal opinions on social media. I may not agree with her, or her position on a variety of issues, but I do agree that he is entitled to her own opinions.”
With this response, the president of WB Games shows that he does not want to generate controversy on the subject and prefers to leave aside the current situation of the original writer of Harry Potter. It should be added that this company is working hand in hand with organizations that fight for LGBTQ+ rights, something that David Haddad himself also mentioned.
JK Rowling will not be directly involved in the game
Despite the fact that JK Rowling is one of the most popular writers today, in recent years she has been involved in all kinds of problems due to certain comments that she herself has made through social networks. This has caused a rejection of her by many fans of the Harry Potter saga and this has caused her not to be directly involved in the new license projects, as is the case with Hogwarts Legacy.
The company Warner Bros. Games has confirmed that the writer JK Rowling will not participate in the creation of the game despite the fact that she supports this project. Hogwarts Legacy will focus on the world of magic created by her, but this is not a new story for the writer.
Will you be able to choose a house within Hogwarts Legacy?
One of the most frequent questions after the first Hogwarts Legacy trailer was released is related to one of the biggest problems among Harry Potter fans. As we already know, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is made up of the Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin houses, four very different houses and each of which has its favorite.
Although each person prefers one house to another, it has already been confirmed that in Hogwarts Legacy players will be able to choose a house at the beginning of the game. In relation to this, we do not know if we will be able to change houses when we are more advanced in the story, but the developer will provide information later.
Confirmed Platforms for Hogwarts Legacy
With so many fans of JK Rowling’s work in the world, it is to be expected that the new RPG of Harry Potter and his magical world will be a success among gamers. That is why it is very important to know the platforms to which the game will arrive as well as if there will be compatibility between all of them, although details of that are not yet known.
At the moment we know that Hogwarts Legacy will be released in 2021 and will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. This would leave out Nintendo Switch players and Google Stadia players, although the opposite may be confirmed in the future.
How does Hogwarts Legacy relate to the Harry Potter movies?
Although Hogwarts Legacy is related to the Harry Potter sagas, the game is only based on the universe that it offers and not on its characters. This game is not the work of the original writer of the Harry Potter saga so it does not follow its story of it.
On the other hand, the main plot of Hogwarts Legacy is set in the wizarding world of the 19th century, a time period before JK Rowling shows in her books. This causes that although it was related to the original story of the writer, the appearance of characters like Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley was impossible.
The game will not be limited to Hogwarts School
Although Hogwarts will be the main location of the game, the developer of the game has confirmed that this will not be the only place players will be able to investigate. It is not known what these new areas or maps will be shown in Hogwarts but we already know that the Forbidden Forest and the Hogsmeade Village will be some of them.
Although this wizarding world RPG has nothing to do with the story told in the Harry Potter saga, there are quite a few places that could possibly appear in the game. Places like the Malfoy mansion or the Weasly house are certainly not going to appear, but others like Diagon Alley or platform 9 ¾, among many others, could.
Hogwarts Legacy main story
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world game set in the magical universe created by the writer JK Rowling in the Harry Potter book series. In it, players will put themselves in the shoes of a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they will have to explore different areas and discover all kinds of magical creatures.
As the journey into the magical world begins, the player must improve their character and all their abilities to become the wizard or witch they really want to be. This will possess a secret related to Ancient Magic that makes it different from the rest of the Hogwarts students, so the player must make the decision to protect it or experiment with the sinister magic it contains.
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