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Hogwarts Legacy: Everything we know so far

Hogwarts Legacy
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Hogwarts Legacy, the Harry Potter RPG, takes place in the Hogwarts of yesteryear. And it lets you create your own legacy at the school for "witchcraft and wizardry," as a new student with all sorts of decisions to make.

This game takes place a long time ago, so you may not see as many familiar faces as you'd like. But who needs them when you've got a trip to the sorting hat, classes and much more? There even seem to be masked baddies. Unfortunately, the game's not getting the best publicity right now, as a new controversy about someone behind the title has emerged.

Here's everything we know about the Harry Potter RPG, including release date window and its trailer.

Hogwarts Legacy release date speculation 

Originally announced for 2021, Hogwarts Legacy was unceremoniously delayed into 2022 in the early stages of last year. However, it's starting to look like a second postponement may be on the horizon

According to well-placed industry insider, Colin Moriarty, "[Hogwarts Legacy] isn't coming out this year" due to the game being "in some sort of trouble." This is definitely not the news we wanted to hear, but it appears the game has hit a rocky development patch and the team at Avalanche Software needs to take some extra time to straighten things out. 

Of course, for now, this is just a rumor, nothing has been officially confirmed by either the game's developer or publisher (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment). However, considering how little we've heard about the game since its announcement in September 2020 the odds of it being delayed into 2023 seem unfortunately fairly high. 

However, all hope of being able to play Hogwarts Legacy in 2022 is not lost. This month the official Wizarding World website posted an article looking ahead at some of the franchise's plans for 2022, and Hogwarts Legacy was indeed highlighted with its current 2022 release window reconfirmed. 

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The game's community manager, Chandler Wood, also posted about the above article on Twitter, adding the caption "2022" alongside an emoji. This very clearly suggests that the rumors of the game being delayed into 2023 could be slightly overblown. We're keeping our fingers firmly crossed that the game doesn't suffer another delay. 

Hogwarts Legacy trailer

While the Hogwarts Legacy trailer does not confirm if the game is a PS5 exclusive, it does show off how you'll be engaging with all of the magical beasts you can point a wand at, take classes, cast spells and engage in your own drama with other students. It even appears that there's a masked student up to no good, or it could be a mean-spirited clique.

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Hogwarts Legacy gameplay

We didn't see any gameplay today, but we have some details from the original rumors of the Harry Potter game. These may have changed, as they date back to 2018, when (since-taken-down) video of a very early version of the game was posted to Reddit. According to Variety, the clip included a character creation scene, and visuals of your young wizard exploring Hogwarts' Great Hall. 

There was also standard RPG fare, including creating potions and casting spells. Players can also choose their alignment β€” good or evil β€” which likely affects your abilities or list of available spells.

Back when that footage spilled out onto the internet, BBC writer Lizo Mzimba said that the game was going to be called "Harry Potter" Magic Awakened," and that "Harry Potter: Magic Forever" was also considered.

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Hogwarts Legacy on PS5, Xbox Series X

The Bloomberg report claimed that the Harry Potter game is being developed for multiple platforms, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It sounds like other consoles (such as the current generation PS4 and Xbox One) or the PC are the other possible places where Mr. Potter's broomstick may land. 

Hogwarts Legacy controversy

While Hogwarts Legacy's troubles started with having to explain J.K. Rowling wasn't a part of the game's production (more on that below), things got even worse for fans excited for the game. Journalist Liam Robinson posted a Twitter thread explaining that Hogwarts Legacy's lead designer used to run a YouTube channel dedicated to far-right content. One video is entitled "In Praise of Cultural Appropriation" and another is focused on the "Social Justice Ten Commandments."

According to the Bloomberg report that confirmed the Harry Potter RPG's existence, there is some discomfort within the studio over the public stances taken by Potter author J.K. Rowling. The writer's gotten in hot water for a lot of her online comments regarding transgender men and women, including last December when she voiced support for Maya Forstater, a tax specialist who was fired for transphobic language.

If you haven't seen them for yourself on Twitter, Rowling's comments have infuriated many in the transgender community. These statements have led Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson to publicly explain they disagree with the author. 

According to Schreier, "The situation made some members of the team uncomfortable and sparked private discussions among staff over the pandemic water cooler, the workplace communication app Slack."

This could, the article notes, dampen the potential success of the game, as fans have voiced an intent to no longer support all things Harry Potter or anything connected to Rowling. The Bloomberg article notes that Rowling has "very little direct involvement" with the game.

More recently, what appears to be an olive branch was leaked. A Bloomberg report stated that gamers will be able to adjust the body type and voice of their character, to make the game more trans-inclusive. An NBC News report shows that some trans gamers think this is barely enough to make amends.

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.