Watch 14 Mins of Gameplay from Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming open-world Harry Potter RPG which looks gorgeous, got its first real gameplay display from developer Avalanche Software ahead of its release date later this year at a special PlayStation State of Play stream that revealed 14 minutes of footage from the game.
The fans of the franchise will get to create their own character, be sorted into one of the four Hogwarts houses, and take classes (although they’ll be starting Hogwarts as a late-fifth-year student, presumably to avoid a serious RPG starring an 11-year-old.)
Fighting will include using various spell mixtures to exploit specific enemy weaknesses or capabilities, with the ability to mix and match “dozens” of spells in duels. Players will also be able to customize their characters with magical gear and capabilities as they advance through the game.
Hogwarts Legacy shares a wide setting with other games in the franchise, but given that the game is set in the 1800s — decades before the events of either the original books or the more recent Fantastic Beasts franchise of movies— don’t expect to see too many friendly faces. Instead, the story will be based on a possible rebellion of goblins against the Wizarding World and the usual cadre of dark wizards and scary beasts.
It was first announced for a 2021 release date, Hogwarts Legacy was delayed to a 2022 date after its announcement. The game has also experienced no shortage of controversy: its lead designer left the project due to controversial YouTube videos defending the Gamergate movement. Warner Bros. has also had to explain explicitly that Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling isn’t directly involved in the game following a series of transphobic comments online from the author. “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World,” the company wrote. “This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling.”
Hogwarts Legacy is coming to PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / Series S this holiday season.
Despite the Sony-hosted event, Hogwarts Legacy isn’t a PlayStation exclusive and will also be released on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X / Series S in addition to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.