Hogwarts Legacy | Release Date, Latest News & Gameplay

Here's what you need to know about the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game, from the release date to the gameplay, and everything in between!

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Hogwarts Legacy arrives in 2023, and it looks unbeleivably good. | © Portkey Games and Warner Brothers

Hogwarts Legacy has become one of Warner Brother’s most anticipated games. This is something many of us have wanted for years; an open-world, triple-A RPG set in the Harry Potter universe (and when we say "open-world" we really mean it in Hogwarts Legacy). Now we’ll have the opportunity to experience Hogwarts on the tech of 2022.

In this article we want to provide you with all the key information: the release date, the trailers we've seen so far, the platforms, price, and everything we've heard about the gameplay and the story. But before we kick off there's one thing we need to confirm first, because our readers keep asking about it. Yes, dark magic, including even the Unforgivable Curses, will feature in Hogwarts Legacy. Right, let's get into the deets.

Hogwarts Legacy | Release Date

Hogwarts Legacy will be released across all platforms on Friday, February 10, 2023. So to all the Harry Potter fans out there, take the day off work and treat yourself to a cozy 3-day weekend in Hogwarts, ideally with snowing fall just outside your window (because you're worth it).

We haven't heard about a beta yet, and we're not convinced we'll get one. We'll let you know if we hear anything.

Hogwarts Legacy | Trailers

So far we've had a couple of trailers, one that's purely the cinematic and one that shows actual gameplay:

Hogwarts Legacy Reveal Trailer

This one came out over a year before release:

There's something so special about the Harry Potter universe.

Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay Trailer

This one was released at Gamescom 2022:


It confirms the game will have more combat than most were expecting.

Hogwarts Legacy | Platforms & Price

Portkey Games have confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will be released on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC. There will be a download & disc-based option available to gamers.

Here is the game's current RRP:

Platform

Price (USD)Price (GBP)Price (EUR)
PlayStation 4$59.99£49.99€59.99
PlayStation 5$69.99£59.99€69.99
Xbox One$59.99£49.99€59.99
Xbox Series X/S$69.99£59.99€69.99
Nintendo Switch$59.99£49.99€59.99
PCTBDTBDTBD

Haptic Features Confirmed For PS5

A PlayStation blog post has given some detail on just how real the feedback is going to feel and how you'll be able to immerse yourself in the world of Hogwarts. You’ll feel the magical resistance at your fingertips through every spell, whether firing off a basic cast or summoning the strength for a more powerful charm. Spells will feel unique when you cast them, thanks to haptic feedback

System Requirements For PC

Avalanche Software and Warner Brothers released the minimum & recommend system requirements for PC players. Lower-end systems with GTX graphic cards can operate 30FPS with low-resolution textures and visual quality.

Hogwarts Legacy Minimum System Requirements

Category

System Requirement

Operating SystemWindows 10 & Windows 11 (64-bit)
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 2600 / Intel Core i5 8400
RAM8GB RAM
Storage Space85GB
Hi-Rez Assets CacheUp to 32GB
Video Card (GPU)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
VRAM

8GB

Hogwarts Legacy Recommended System Requirements

CategorySystem Requirement
Operating SystemWindows 10 (64-bit)
CPUAMD Ryzen 5 3600/Intel Core i7-8700
RAM16GB RAM
Storage Space

85GB SSD

Hi-Rex Assets CacheUp to 64GB
Video Card (GPU)AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
VRAM

8GB

Hogwarts Legacy | Gameplay

We know a lot about the gameplay so far, thankfully.

Character Customization, Companions, and Hogwarts Classes

Portkey Games are including a character customization system that allows us to alter our in-game appearance. However, they haven't identified any details regarding the level of customization in Hogwarts Legacy. We know that different facial scars and hairstyles can be incorporated, but not much else has been revealed. We most likely won't see the full depth of this system until Hogwarts Legacy is released.

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Are you ready to study at Hogwarts and become the ultimate wizard? | © Portkey Games

Once our characters are customized, the storyline will begin with students being sorted into their respective houses, but it isn't known how the sorting process will work. I'm guessing that the Sorting Hat will ask various questions that we need to answer and depending on the answers provided, we'll be introduced into one of four houses, which include:

  • Gryffindor
  • Hufflepuff
  • Ravenclaw
  • Slytherin

The dormitories play a significant role within the storyline of Hogwarts Legacy, as housemates practice their magic in the common room and sleeping quarters. They'll also provide information that assists players on their journey throughout Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, and the surrounding areas. But either way, it's good to become close with your housemates. These individuals will help you when attending the multitude of classes that Hogwarts offers.

After you become best friends with a housemate, they can become your companion and assist with various missions in the open-world environment. But picking the perfect companion won't be an easy task, as each one will have a different personality. We know of three housemates that are confirmed as companions for now, with those individuals including:

  • Nankai Onia – An adventure with courage and bravery, she is driven to locate the dark forces at Hogwarts and bring them to justice.
  • Poppy Sweeting – This Hufflepuff student has an incredible heart and kinship with magical animals. She connects more easily with magical animals than humans, making her the perfect companion for someone favoring Care of Magical Creatures.
  • Sebastian Seller – This charismatic rule-breaker doesn't care about where he goes or who he upsets. He has a troubling family past that he can't seem to escape, and this creates a destructive personality. Because of this, you should be able to find items within the restricted area of Hogwarts with this companion. He sounds like the best companion available to min-maxers.

You will develop certain skills by attending certain classes. You can see the available classes below:

  • Defense Against The Dark Arts
  • Herbology
  • Potions
  • Charms
  • Care of Magical Creatures
  • Divination

It's promised that by attending these classes, players will also learn magical spells. We'll also master how to use various potions, but this seems like more of a voluntary choice rather than a necessity like the spells.

Exploration and Environments in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy won't force anyone to attend classes for the majority of their journey. This is going to be far more open-world and less linear than previous games set in the Harry Potter universe.

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Your professors will lead you towards greatness in Hogwarts Legacy | © Portkey Games

You will need a base level of magical power and some good spells before exploring the open-world outside Hogwarts. Portkey Games have also confirmed that seasonal environments will affect these areas beyond Hogwarts. But we don't know how the weather changes will affect our spellcasting capabilities or exploration of the overall environment.

Enemies, Spells, and Talents in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy will have different enemies with their own offensive and defensive capabilities. For instance, dark wizards can intermix stunning spells with blasting curses to create brutal combinations for players to overcome. While other wizards might attack you with Transfiguration spells. Distinguishing these enemies and their strengths is an integral part of Hogwarts Legacy.

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Battle your opponents with amazing spells in Hogwarts Legacy | © Portkey Games

Customizing your character's combat begins with the Talents & Abilities system in Hogwarts Legacy. It's promised that gamers will have in-depth upgrades available to their characters through a talent point system, which is wholly separate to spells. Even better, there will be options to increase these abilities within the Room of Requirement. As such, I'm expecting the skill-tree in Hogwarts Legacy to exceed everyone's expectations.

There will also be challenges that are located throughout the open-world environment of Hogwarts Legacy. You’ll need to complete these challenges to earn experience points and upgrade the talent system.

Looting System And The Room Of Requirements In Hogwarts Legacy

Portkey Games will include a looting system for magical weapons and armor. But you'll want to invest in much-needed backup as well. In the Room of Requirement players upgrade their magical gear, weapons, and appearance.

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Meet the herbology professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry | © Portkey Games

The Room of Requirement plays a significant role in Hogwarts Legacy, because as well as using the room for upgrading, magical potions and plants are created within this area too. These magic potions can aid players with temporary boosts in combat, while magical plants like the mandrake seedling can incapacitate your enemies.

But which magical potions and charms can be developed in the Room of Requirement? For now, I've noticed an invisibility potion that should allow us to avoid enemies for a short timeframe. Otherwise, there wasn't much information about the Room of Requirement.

The Town of Hogsmeade & Open-World Vendors

We will need to attend Hogsmeade to acquire a multitude of supplies that are required for missions. This should include everything from potions ingredients to recipes and seeds for magical plants. We'll also be able to customize the clothing and gear our character wears by shopping at various stores in Hogsmeade.

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Meet one of the students at Hogwarts Legacy. Could this be an unknown companion? Who knows | © Portkey Games

But everything isn't perfect in Hogsmeade, as dark wizards are roaming the village outskirts, and they must be avoided or defeated to leave the surrounding regions. This will create an unexpected dynamic within Hogsmeade. But you won't always need to acquire these supplies in Hogsmeade, as there are vendors located throughout the open-world environment.

Hogwarts Legacy | Story

Hogwarts Legacy is set in the 1800s, meaning the storyline of Harry Potter isn’t relevant in this game. We’ll attend Hogwarts for first-year classes and explore the Forbidden Forest while trying to reach Hogsmeade. However, things quickly change when we’re told that ancient magic runs throughout our veins. We’ll have to make story-based decisions to determine whether that archaic magic is used for good or evil, and those choices will have an effect on the students around you.

It seems like Hogwarts Legacy will be most similar to the Chamber of Secrets. Salazar Slytherin has left remnants of ancient, evil magic in the world, and we're connected to it, but we can choose to reject it and fight against it. At least, that's what we know so far.

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