Hogwarts Legacy: Release Date, Latest News And Leaks & More

Everything is about to change with Hogwarts Legacy. We can finally become the witches and wizards we dreamed about as children.


Hogwarts Legacy has become one of Warner Brother’s most anticipated games. It’ll mark the first time when Harry Potter fans can interact with an RPGgame. This is something we’ve all wanted for years, and now we’ll have the opportunity to experience Hogwarts in 2022. But separate from the gameplay footage that’s been shown, not much is known about Hogwarts Legacy. So, what can we tell you about this upcoming game? You’d be surprised.

Hogwarts Legacy Will Be The Best RPG Of 2022 - State Of Play Breakdown [Update]

This isn't a statement that's made lightly, but Hogwarts Legacy will be the best RPG of 2022. We are confident that Portkey Games will create an expansive world filled with magic and mystery. But what gameplay features were announced with Hogwarts Legacy's State of Play? You'd be surprised.

Things start with a fantastic trailer captured with in-game footage from the PS5 Developer Kit. It shows some incredible moments before we're introduced to a voice that says, "Welcome to Hogwarts Legacy. You're a new student at the famed school of witchcraft and wizardry with a unique ability to manipulate power ancient magic."

It's promised that we'll need to uncover the mysteries behind this ancient magic and figure out how it's returned before someone wants to harness it for dark wizardry. But before these mysteries can be solved, players must attend Hogwarts as a fifth-year students and learn the ways of wizarding. Only then can we stop the evil forces that lurk around Hogsmeade and Hogwarts.

Character Customization, Companions, and Hogwarts Classes

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Are you ready to learn from Hogwarts and become the ultimate wizard? | © Portkey Games

Portkey Games is adding a character customization system that allows us to alter our in-game appearance. However, WB Games hasn'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 this upcoming holiday season.

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 for 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. For instance, Herbology could be challenging to learn if these housemates aren't your friends.

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 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 favouring Herbology or Flight.
  • 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. He could be the best companion available to players.

You can see the available classes below, but it doesn't matter, as you can always switch out your companion for another housemate. This gives you considerable leeway in how Hogwarts Legacy is approached.

  • Defense Against The Dark Arts
  • Herbology
  • Potions
  • Charms
  • Flight

It's promised that by attending these classes, players will learn to grow magical spells and cast an assortment of spells. We'll also master how to use various potions, which will influence how the combat and gameplay work in Hogwarts Legacy. This would follow the true fashion of RPGs, which gives players complete control over their storyline.

Exploration and Environments in Hogwarts Legacy

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

Hogwarts Legacy won't force anyone to attend classes for the majority of their journey. Instead, exploration has become a significant part of this upcoming game. We'll be capable of travelling various parts of Hogwarts Castle, where we should learn about its enhancements and mysteries. It's guaranteed that gamers will locate hidden passageways and dungeons with complex puzzles or enemies that must be beaten. Otherwise, the dark forces looming around Hogwarts can never be stopped.

Understanding our magical powers in Hogwarts Legacy is needed to explore the open-world environments that Portkey Games has developed. For instance, Lumos is required to light your way through dungeons and dark pathways. Then there's the need for Wingardium Leviosa, which allows players to move various objects throughout the environment. It will be troublesome to travel the open-world of Hogwarts Legacy without these spells.

Portkey Games confirmed that seasonal environments are within their upcoming game. We can expect to experience four seasons like Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer within the open-world environments of Hogwarts Legacy. But we don't know how the weather change will affect our spellcasting capabilities or exploration of the overall environment. However, we can expect the winter season to be more challenging than any other.

It's promised that our talents will be tested later into the game, as goblins rally to create a rebellion against witches and wizards everywhere. But can you stop the dark forces at work? Or will you join them to destroy Hogwarts? Only time will tell. For myself, I'll be someone that leans towards the light side.

Enemies, Spells, and Talents in Hogwarts Legacy

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

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. But how will the combat be challenging? Some dark wizards will attack you head-on, and others that enchant you from far away.

Distinguishing these enemies and their strengths is an integral part of Hogwarts Legacy. But don't worry, enhancements can counter-attack these enemies from beating you. Even finishing moves can be utilized with the ancient magic you've been gifted, and when that ancient magic is combined with the spells you've learned at Hogwarts, it's possible to become the ultimate duelist.

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. For instance, we'll be able to improve the stealth stats and our overall effectiveness against enemies.

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. All I know for now is that there are three available talents consisting of Spells, Plants, and Potions. But I'm hoping that Portkey Games will add a fourth talent tree to Hogwarts Legacy.

There will be challenges that are located throughout the open-world environment of Hogwarts Legacy. You’ll need to complete these tasks to earn experience points and upgrade the talent system. However, I wonder if Portkey Games will update the challenges through an online update, as it would be awesome to know there's always something new to play.

Looting System And The Room Of Requirements In Hogwarts Legacy

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

That's correct; Portkey Games has introduced us to a looting system that allows magical gear and weapons to be constructed for offensive & defensive purposes. This should improve the combative skill one maintains within the open-world of Hogwarts Legacy. However, you'll always want to return to Hogwarts for some needed backup. It's here that the Room of Requirement can help players upgrade their magical gear, weapons, and appearance.

The Room of Requirement plays a significant role in Hogwarts Legacy, as magical potions and plants are constructed within this area. These magic potions can aid players with temporary boosts in combat, while magical plants like the mandrake seedling can incapacitate your enemies. Learning to use and master the Room of Requirement is significantly crucial for combat/exploration purposes.

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. Those details won't arrive until the game is released this holiday season.

In-Game Homes And Beyond The Castle Walls

Players aren't required to spend their time at Hogwarts, as there are options to construct your own home with an assortment of details representing your magical identity. This location will act as a base of operations for potion building and combat practice while also providing players somewhere to store their collection of magical goods. I'm expecting that means we'll visit our base of operations before every mission to stock up on various supplies, like mandrake seedlings and invisibility potions.

You'll want to have the best in-game home possible before leaving beyond the castle walls of Hogwarts, as it's here that combat gameplay and exploration become their hardest

The Town of Hogsmeade & Open-World Vendors

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

Did you think we would need to build everything at Hogwarts? Absolutely not. 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. As such, I think the in-game challenges will also reward currency that can be used within the town of Hogsmeade.

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.

That's everything I can tell you about Hogwarts Legacy for now; I hope you've enjoyed EarlyGame's first extended look into this upcoming RPG. We genuinely believe that Portkey will create the best RPG for 2022. Now the question becomes, do you think the same thing?

Is Hogwarts Legacy Coming Out In 2022?

We’d previously claimed that Hogwarts Legacy would launch on March 8th and then on April 8th. Unfortunately, Warner Brothers postponed Hogwarts Legacy and the release date now stands in limbo. Industry insiders have suggested that Hogwarts Legacy could launch by September 2022. However, WarnerMedia’s CEO has suggested another timeframe. But the “Back to Hogwarts Day” event starts on September 1st. There wouldn’t be another day more perfect for Warner Brother’s to launch their magical RPG.

[Update May 11]

As Comicbook reported, a known Hogwarts Legacy insider, who goes by the Twitter handle AccountNGT, has suggested that a Hogwarts Legacy delay into 2023 is becoming more likely. In a since deleted Tweet AccountNGT said that "at this point a delay to early 2023 wouldn't even surprise me" in response to a discussion concerning the game's current state.

Game Setting & Story For Hogwarts Legacy

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Some of the cute creatures you'll meet in Hogwarts Legacy | © Portkey Games

Hogwarts Legacy focuses on the Scottish Highlands in the 1800s, meaning the storyline of Harry Potter isn’t relevant in this game. That’s what makes me excited though, as we’re the architects of our journey. 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. This should make for an intriguing game that’s different for nearly every player.

Is Hogwarts Legacy Getting Released Onto PC, Xbox & PS5?

Portkey Games have confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy will be arriving for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, PS5, and PC in 2022. You can expect the retail cost to differ based on console & region. Costs will also be affected by which version of Hogwarts Legacy is selected. There will be a download & disc-based option available to gamers. For me, I'm going to download this game directly to my Xbox Series X.

Is Hogwarts Legacy Part Of The Game Pass On Xbox?

Unfortunately, there isn’t any expectations that Hogwarts Legacy will launch onto the Game Pass. I’d be thrilled to acquire this game at such margins, but Warner Brother’s will want their fiscal returns. It’d take the minimum of twelve months before we'll see Microsoft and Warner Brother’s create an agreement to launch Hogwarts Legacy onto the Game Pass. I’d be shocked to see anything lower than that timeframe.

Game Trailer and Demo

Warner Brothers hasn’t provided any details on Hogwarts Legacy having a demo. I’m still hoping they’ll launch a playable demo before, but the chances are slim because Avalanche Software will be focused on perfecting Hogwarts Legacy to the highest standard. This will mean superior gameplay and story-based moments for everyone. But I still can’t help to wish this title would launch a playable demo.

Game System Requirements

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. You’ll need an RTX 3060 or Radeon 6700 graphics card to achieve 60FPS with high-resolution textures and graphic quality.

Hogwarts Legacy Minimum System Requirements

Category

System Requirement

Operating SystemWindows 10 & Windows 11 (64-bit or Later)
CPUAMD FX-8350 / Intel Core i5 6600K
RAM6GB RAM
Storage SpaceTBC
Hi-Rez Assets CacheUp to 32GB
Video Card (GPU)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
VRAM

Up to 4 GB

Graphics DriverTBC

Hogwarts Legacy Recommended System Requirements

CategorySystem Requirement
Operating SystemWindows 10 & Windows 11 (64-bit or Later)
CPURyzen 7 1700 / Intel Core i7-6700
RAM8GB RAM
Storage Space

TBC

Hi-Rex Assets CacheUp to 64GB
Video Card (GPU)AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT / Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
Video Memory

Up to 24GB

Graphics DriverTBC