Many Harry Potter games have been made, from old 3D platformers based on the early films and Lego games spanning the entire series, but this is the first time an original story has been told in a full RPG. Hogwarts Legacy has also been surrounded by controversy since its announcement due to the anti-transgender stance of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling.
JK Rowling controversy
While not directly involved with Hogwarts Legacy, JK Rowling and her anti-transgender stance have plagued the game and all things Harry Potter. The developers took the unusual step of making it clear that Rowling had no direct involvement in Hogwarts Legacy. In her FAQ, WB stated: “JK Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the basis of all projects in the wizarding world.” For the full story, read JK Rowling’s Anti-Transgender Stance and GameSpot’s Hogwarts Legacy. Here is a short excerpt from Jessie Earl’s article.
“You are not a bad person if you want to play Hogwarts Legacy. Many trans people are planning to buy the game despite their justified anger towards Rowling. However, the important thing is not to condemn the game or give up your love for Harry Potter. ; it’s struggling with complexity and deciding for yourself. Trans people can’t ignore the pain that the franchise has become inherently attached to, and even those who wish to take care of them shouldn’t. “
Hogwarts Legacy has not yet received a concrete release date and is instead set for the holidays of 2022. Portkey Games, Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Games have confirmed that release window until March, although Hogwarts Legacy will need a date. launch set here soon. Considering the high number of games that have been delayed in 2022, there is a possibility that Hogwarts Legacy could end in 2023. The release of Hogwarts Legacy was originally scheduled for 2021, but has been postponed to the holiday release window 2022.
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Hogwarts Legacy has had more trailers and events since its announcement, with the vast majority of the progress footage coming from the game centered around the game. The State of Play covers Hogwarts Legacy history, character creation, gameplay, and some of the deeper story threads you’ll unravel. The progress also shows combat in Hogwarts Legacy, which involves combining all the spells you learned in class with dodging and potions.
PlayStation and Warner Bros. also released a trailer focusing on Hogwarts Legacy’s PS5 features, which includes DualSense adaptive triggers and haptic feedback, along with different performance and fidelity modes.
Hogwarts Legacy will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch and PC. Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed whether the Nintendo Switch version of the game will be a cloud version or not. Warner Bros. ‘ another big release for 2022, Gotham Knights, dropped its next-gen releases in May and will now only be releasing on current-generation consoles, but there is no indication that Hogwarts Legacy will follow suit.
Hogwarts Legacy takes advantage of the latest generation consoles. On PS5, Hogwarts Legacy will leverage DualSense capabilities, using adaptive triggers to provide resistance based on the difficulty of the spell cast. DualSense haptic feedback will be implemented and the light on the controller will flash the colors of the chosen Hogwarts house. The game will also have fidelity and performance mode options and faster loading thanks to the latest generation console SSD; these features should also be available on Xbox Series X.
Hogwarts Legacy does not include multiplayer or co-op of any kind. From the official Hogwarts Legacy FAQ, “Hogwarts Legacy is a single player experience and does not have online or cooperative gameplay.” While there will be plenty of other wizards and students to interact with in Hogwarts Legacy, all of those characters will be NPCs. There will be named characters you can interact with and develop relationships with, so it won’t be a lonely experience, even if it’s single player only.
Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the 1800s, hundreds of years before the Harry Potter books. This means that you will not meet Harry, Ron or Hermione during your time at Hogwarts. You can create your character arriving at Hogwarts late, starting in your fifth year behind the rest of your classmates. You can choose your home and attend classes at Hogwarts.
Your character will explore Hogwarts Castle and the surrounding areas, trying to solve its many secrets and mysteries under the direction of Professor Fig. In the wizarding world, a Goblin rebellion is taking place with the assistance of the dark wizards. You will have to balance larger classes and world events in Hogwarts Legacy.
The core gameplay of Hogwarts Legacy turns spell casting into a third person action game, where you can cast spells in combat and dodge. You will need to use the spells you learn in class to overcome combat encounters and solve puzzles in Hogwarts and surrounding areas. There’s also potion blending and herbal medicine, which you can use to craft combat items, such as screaming mandrakes or powerful potions to throw at enemies.
In addition to learning new skills in the classes, there is also magical gear, which can be collected and equipped to make your wizard more powerful. There are dozens of spells in Hogwarts Legacy, so players can mix offensive and defensive spells to their liking. The PlayStation State of Play on Hogwarts legacy also briefly shows the player character casting one of the Unforgivable Curses, Avada Kedavra, so you may have a chance to take your wizard down a dark path.
It has been confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy does not have microtransactions. The official Hogwarts Legacy FAQ states: “Hogwarts Legacy has no in-game purchases or microtransactions.” If that’s not enough for you, Avalanche community manager Chandler Wood took to Twitter to confirm that Hogwarts Legacy won’t have microtransactions. That doesn’t rule out the possibility of paid expansions after launch, but it just confirms that you won’t need to pour in real money if you want extravagant wizard outfits.
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