Return to Hogwarts: Hogwarts Legacy

State of Play Official Gameplay

It’s been a while since this game was first revealed, and we know that the initial release date of Hogwarts Legacy is announced to be in 2022. With the State of Play gameplay video we got recently, it is likely that we will be able to play it very soon.

Official art of Hogwarts Legacy

With the new video, players got to see a glimpse of Hogwarts Legacy’s character creation system, as well as some of the activities they will be encountering inside and outside the school. There is also a brief introduction to the story, and we know know so far that Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800s, about 100 years before Harry Potter enrolls. This is also allowing the players to use dark magic in the game, and choose what house they will be a part of.

Screenshot: State of Play

Hogwarts Legacy wants you to have new locations to discover; to see what lies around and beyond the Black Lake, to meet new witches and wizards in the dwellings that dot the landscape beyond Hogsmeade and learn what other undiscovered chambers lie within Hogwarts or scattered across the Scottish Highlands. It will aim to offer you a sense of freedom, making your adventure more interesting with the exploration of Hogwarts and beyond the school, as well as characters you will meet along your journey with rich stories and personalities of theiro own.

Hogwarts Legacy also seems to be touching some RPG elements, such as crafting of magical items and potions, skill and perk trees, friend and follower parties, where NPC’s add special talents to the adventuring group, and even flying with special mounts!

Screenshot: State of Play

There will also be an interesting system for combat in Hogwarts Legacy. As you learn from your professors and classmates in Hogwarts in your adventure, you will start gaining new spells and abilities to use in combat and puzzles throughout the game. There will be a variety of spells which will provide players to approach combat in many different ways, giving them a freedom with their decisions here too. There will be many offensive spells to blast your enemies, as well as ones that will allow you to take a stealthier approach. These different approches will be required in the game and will give us the opportunity to try different things, to counter enemy strengths and weaknesses that should make every encounter feel engaging.

Screenshot: State of Play

The platforms Hogwarts Legacy will be on are PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, and Microsoft Windows.

And lastly, here is the question we have all been thinking about, answered in the official page of game:

What is J.K. Rowling’s involvement with the game? Is this a new story from J.K. Rowling?

Each experience offered under Portkey Games will take place in the wizarding world and will be authentic to it. J.K. Rowling is supportive of Portkey Games and has entrusted the design and creation of the games to Warner Bros. Games and the developers involved. Her team have also collaborated with Warner Bros. Games on all aspects of Hogwarts Legacy to ensure it remains a true part of the Wizarding World experience and is in line with the creativity and magic that fans expect.

The story showcased in the game is not a new story from J.K. Rowling.

Let me know in the comments what you think about Hogwarts Legacy, and which house you are from! I hope to see you soon with more news and thoughts on video games, and wish you all short loading screens!

— Loading Screen



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store