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Hogwarts Legacy, the latest game set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, is set for release in Holiday 2022

Hogwarts Legacy release date being in the ‘holiday season’ feels about as perfect as you can get – let’s just hope it isn’t hit with another delay.

But unless time travel is now a thing in the world of wizards, there will be no Harry in this as the game is set many years ago in the 1800s. But do look for some familiar faces to appear as several characters that we got to know in the Potter series were around at that point – including Headless Nick!

As the newly-revealed Hogwarts Legacy gameplay footage has shown us, this Potter prequel will offer you plenty of ways to tailor your journey through the wizarding world, with players able to customise their character’s appearance and send them into the Hogwarts house of their choice.

So, what do we know about Hogwarts Legacy and its release date? Keep on reading to learn all!

When is the Hogwarts Legacy release date?

The Hogwarts Legacy release date will take place in the holiday season at the end of 2022, the developers have confirmed, with pre-orders being available now at the likes of GAME and Argos.

Although an exact date or month has not yet been confirmed, a December release right next to Christmas would make perfect sense to us, considering the connection between Potter and the yuletide festivities that was hammered home in each of the books/films.

What do we know about Hogwarts Legacy gameplay?

The team from Warner Bros Games, which will publish Hogwarts Legacy under its Portkey Games label, revealed a 14-minute gameplay video on Thursday 17th March 2022, during one of Sony’s PlayStation State of Play live-stream events.

To watch the Hogwarts Legacy gameplay footage for yourself, you can check out the video below. Make yourself a cup of tea, grab a chocolate frog, and prepare to be amazed! The developers from Avalanche Software have certainly been busy.

It looks like there will be plenty of combat opportunities in the game, with the video above showcasing an array of fights where the player can use various spells, environmental aids and magical plants to overcome their enemies with clever combos.

You’ll also be able to explore various hidden areas of Hogwarts itself, as well as venturing out into the grounds and even going as far as Hogsmeade village. Players will stumble into dangerous dungeons as well as finding puzzles that may have been placed by Merlin himself.

Players will be able to upgrade their magic spells and improve their abilities using a series of skill trees, and you will also be able to visit the Room of Requirement to pick up handy items. You’ll even be able to make your own den-like area that’s tailored to your own tastes, which seems like a nice touch.

One thing you shouldn’t expect is Hogwarts Legacy multiplayer, with the developers recently ruling out the idea and stressing that this is a single-player game.

Can I pre-order Hogwarts Legacy?

Pre-orders have indeed begun for Hogwarts Legacy. GAME and Argos are just two of the places you can head to in order to make sure you get a copy of the game on release day this winter. We’d expect more retailers to add their product pages nearer the time.

In terms of the Hogwarts Legacy price, it looks like the next-gen version will set you back £69.99 GBP, while the previous-gen version is expected to go for £59.99. The differences between the two will probably include faster loading times and better graphics for the next-gen version.

What platforms can I get Hogwarts Legacy on?

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Hogwarts Legacy will be available on next-generation consoles the PS5 and Xbox Series X, as well as the PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release also confirmed. A Hogwarts Legacy Switch release has been confirmed as well. There’s no sign of a Google Stadia or Amazon Luna release, though, so bad luck if you were hoping to play on those platforms.

What is the Hogwarts Legacy story?

As per the official synopsis: “Experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Make allies, battle Dark wizards and decide the fate of the wizarding world.”

So it’s Hogwarts, but set a long time before anyone had ever heard about Harry Potter. Also, while this is inspired by the stories we have all been reading for many years now, JK Rowling herself is not involved in the game and it is not a new story from her.

From the recent gameplay video, we know that the player-character will have a customisable appearance and you will be able to pick their gender. This protagonist will have access to a mysterious lost magic that no one else can use, and they will join Hogwarts late as a fifth-year student.

During the game, your character will get drawn into conflict with Dark Wizards, as well as investigating rumours of a goblin rebellion. You’ll have plenty on your plate, then, as well having to keep up with school classes and catch up to your more experienced classmates.

What spells and abilities will be in Hogwarts Legacy?

Here are the confirmed spells and abilities that will be in Hogwarts Legacy – more will likely be announced as the release date nears.

  • Accio – The power to pull things towards you.
  • Avada Kedavra – A spell that kills!
  • Descendo – Lift an object and hit it into the ground.
  • Diffindo – Cut things into pieces and rip them apart.
  • Disillusionment Charm – Want to be cloaked? This is the spell to use.
  • Expelliarmus – Disarm your enemy or knocks any object out of the other person’s hands.
  • Incendio – Lights an object on fire.
  • Lumos – Form a sphere of light to see in the dark.
  • Petrificus Totalus – Leaves an opponent immobilised.
  • Protego – Forms a shield and deflects spells and weapons sent your way.
  • Reparo – Restore broken items.
  • Stupefy – Stun foes for a short period of time.
  • Wingardium Leviosa – Let’s you float!

Revealed at the PlayStation 5 showcase event, fans of the wizarding world were instantly excited when the familiar locations came into view during this game’s first trailer. While you wait for the precise Hogwarts Legacy release date to be revealed, check out the gorgeous-looking trailer for yourself below.

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