Hogwarts Legacy gameplay video confirms a holiday 2022 release window

Warner Bros. and Avalanche Games offered substantial insight Hogwarts legacy today, detailing its world, combat setting, and narrative, as well as a “Vacation 2022” release window. It looks a lot like what we expected: like an open world RPG with a Harry Potter coating.

The video embedded above is comprehensive. You won’t play as Harry Potter or any other famous magical kids, nor will you meet them, because Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800’s. There is a character creator, and once you customize your student, you will be sorted into one of four houses. Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. You’ll be able to roam freely around Hogwarts castle, attending classes, gossiping with friends and fighting friendly magical duels atop floating tables. Looks like Quidditch is in too.

Exploring the castle itself seems to be a big part of Hogwarts’ legacy. We saw brief glimpses of spacious, clock-filled dungeons where the protagonist was able to manipulate the environment to solve traversal puzzles.

You won’t just be stuck in school reading the books: the area around Hogwarts is explorable, and that’s where you’ll be beating trolls and goblins with magic. Spelling goblins to death will play an important role in Hogwarts’ Legacy, as the narrative centers around a goblin rebellion, aided by “dark wizard Victor Rookwood”. Both are on your shit list, naturally.

Combat takes the form of spellcasting, but you’ll also be able to place Pokémon-like sentient plants on the battlefield to help you attack the enemy. On a PlayStation bloga spokesperson for WB Games Avalanche assured that the combat will have “depth and challenge for players who want it”, and given the presence of loot, upgrade paths and crafting, Hogwarts Legacy is definitely taking the form of an action RPG.

It looks like a decent version of the world of Harry Potter, but it won’t arrive without controversy. JK Rowling, author of the original Harry Potter novels, has been criticized several times since 2020 for making transphobic comments. Rowling “is not directly involved in the creation of the game,” says a Warner Bros. FAQ, but the series is still indelibly linked to her.

And if that wasn’t enough, former lead designer Troy Leavitt resigned last March when he was uncovered— or recalled — that he operated an anti-social justice YouTube channel that, among other things, sympathized with Gamergate.

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