Hogwarts Legacy is set to be one of the biggest new games for 2023. This new open world RPG, which will let you enroll at the school for witchcraft and wizardry, is the most wishlisted game on Steam (opens in new tab) right now. That's likely because it looks like the sort of game that Harry Potter fans have always wanted to play, where you'll be able to create your own custom character, join a House, and role-play as a student of Hogwarts – attending classes, making friends, learning spells, and so much more.
The Hogwarts Legacy release date for PS5 and Xbox Series X is fast approaching, although a delay has pushed the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch launches until later this year. There's more information on that and more below, so keep on reading to find everything we know so far about Hogwarts Legacy.
Hogwarts Legacy release date
The Hogwarts Legacy release date is set for February 10, 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC. There will be a 72-hour early access period beginning on February 7, 2023 for pre-order customers.
There has, however, been a Hogwarts Legacy delay for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch players. WB Games says that PS4 and Xbox One players will need to wait until April 4, 2023 to play Hogwarts Legacy, while the Switch version will come out July 25, 2023. Citing a reason for the delay (opens in new tab), the publisher says "The team is looking forward to bringing you the game and we want to deliver the best possible game experience across all platforms."
Hogwarts Legacy platforms
Warner Bros. Games has set the Hogwarts Legacy platforms as PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. We have already seen the Hogwarts Legacy system requirements for PC, and they caught some players off guard. This has led to speculation that the Nintendo Switch version (which remains without a release date) will be a Cloud game – this has yet to be confirmed, but we're expecting more clarity on this in the weeks ahead.
Hogwarts Legacy trailer
The first Hogwarts Legacy trailer was revealed on September 16, 2020 at a Sony PS5 showcase event. The trailer, which you can watch above, sets the stage for what is undoubtedly the most ambitious game set in the Harry Potter universe to date. The teaser gives us a brief look at Hogwarts circa 1800s, a variety of classes, and a brief look at the sorting hat ceremony.
Hogwarts Legacy gameplay trailer
The Hogwarts Legacy gameplay trailer arrived as part of a dedicated PS5 State of Play session. The 14 minute video, which you can watch just above, goes into detail on the world, setting, and concept behind Hogwarts Legacy. This was complemented with a five minute-long behind-the-scenes video (opens in new tab) featuring interviews with the dev team.
Hogwarts Legacy pre-order
Hogwarts Legacy pre-orders are already live in the US and UK. There are benefits to putting down some cash now too, especially with three versions of the game currently available. There's an exclusive Onyx Hippogriff Mount available as a Hogwarts Legacy pre-order bonus across all platforms, while PS5 and PS4 owners can get a Felix Felicis Potion item and access to an exclusive Haunted Hogsmeade Shop quest by pre-ordering via the PlayStation store. There's also a Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition which includes 72 hours early access to the game, and a Dark Arts Pack which includes additional themed in-game items.
Hogwarts Legacy Collector's Edition
The Hogwarts Legacy Collector's Edition was unveiled on August 24, 2022. The limited edition bundle comes with everything that's included in the Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition – including the 72 hour early access, and Dark Arts Pack – as well as a suite of other exclusive content. You'll get an Onyx Hippogriff Mount, a Kelpie Robe to dress your character in, a steel case to hold the game, and a life-size floating Ancient Magic Wand with Book Base. It's an interesting package that, naturally, comes with a pretty large price tag.
Hogwarts Legacy Price
Warner Bros. Games has confirmed the Hogwarts Legacy price across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms. They are as follows, at the time of writing:
- Hogwarts Legacy price – PS5 and Xbox Series X: $69.99 / £64.99
- Hogwarts Legacy price – PS4 and Xbox One: $59.99 / £54.99
- Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition price – PS5 and Xbox Series X: $79.99 / £74.99
- Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition price – PS4 and XboxOne: $69.99 / £64.99
- Hogwarts Legacy Collector's Edition price – PS5 and Xbox Series X: $299.99 / £279.99
- Hogwarts Legacy Collector's Edition price – PS4 and Xbox One: $294.99 / £274.99
Hogwarts Legacy story details
The Hogwarts Legacy story will take us to the wizarding world circa 1800s, which is 100 years before the events of the Harry Potter books. Hogwarts Legacy features an original story which will allow us to experience life as a fifth-year student of Hogwarts – granted late admittance as we hold the key to an "ancient secret" that is threatening the world of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Avalanche Software says that we'll "embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world" in Hogwarts Legacy, visit some familiar locations, and meet a brand new cast of characters.
Hogwarts Legacy open world setting
The Hogwarts Legacy setting extends beyond the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world experience, and so we'll eventually be able to travel to surrounding locations like the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village – and some entirely new locations that Warner Bros. Games is yet to reveal. Naturally, it's the fully-realized Hogwarts Castle that's the main draw, particularly as we'll be given the freedom to attend classes, grow our magical abilities, brew potions, tame magical beasts, discover Hogwarts' hidden dungeons and secret passageways, and get involved with challenging puzzles that are scattered all-throughout the school.
Hogwarts Legacy gameplay
From the Hogwarts Legacy gameplay we've seen so far, it's clear that developer Avalanche Software really is building a sprawling action-RPG set in the wider Harry Potter universe. You'll be able to create your own character, sort them into a house, and then role-play as a student at Hogwarts. You will learn new magical abilities and how to brew potions in classes, face off against creatures and dark powers in wand-to-wand combat out in the world, and level up your skills and equipment as you gain new experience. Hogwarts Legacy really sounds like the Harry Potter RPG we've wanted for decades.
Hogwarts Legacy cast
Warner Bros. recently unveiled the Hogwarts Legacy cast and it's impressive. The headline grabber was undoubtedly the news that Star Trek and Mission: Impossible actor Simon Pegg will play Albus Dumbledore's headmasterly predecessor, Phineas Nigellus Black. We also learned that Sebastian Croft and Amelia Gething will voice the protagonists, and that Luke Youngblood will play Ravenclaw student Everett Clopton.
Hogwarts Legacy combat
Hogwarts Legacy will empower you to become the witch or wizard that you've always wanted to be. You'll be able to wield a wand, and learn spells like Levioso, Incendio, Flipendo, and Oppugno – taught in classes, and learned from other companions you meet at the school. There are 20 total spells that you can assign to slots for use in combat, and you can freely build combos between those spells and basic magic shots, limited only by brief cooldown windows. Spells fit into categories like 'damage' or 'control', and those categories are colour-coded to help you break the shields of enemy spell-slingers. There's a Batman Arkham-style dodge mechanic to help you get out of the way of incoming attacks. You'll also be able to imbue your combat abilities by brewing potions back at the school, and boost your effectiveness in combat by investing XP into a talent system which will allow you to further hone your playstyle.
Hogwarts Legacy character creation
Like so many of the best RPGs, you'll be able to tinker with the look and style of your Witch or Wizard to get them just right. You'll choose a preset character to start with, and go deeper to granularly select your face shape, hairstyle, complexion, and eyes. There's no slider minutiae here - all of the options are split across an array of presets. You can choose your character's voice and whether they stay at the Witch or Wizard dormitory independently of their appearance.
Hogwarts Legacy Houses
One of the biggest decisions you'll have to make in Hogwarts Legacy is picking your House and Wand. As a newly enrolled fifth-year student, you'll go through the Sorting Hat ceremony – although Hogwarts Legacy will let us decide whether we want to link up with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, or Ravenclaw. You can already get the process started – a partnership with the Wizarding World website means that you'll be able to import your pre-existing house and wand. If you haven't already, sign up for a Wizarding World account (opens in new tab) and take the Wand Ceremony and Sorting Ceremony quizzes to make sure that you're sorted come Ferbruary 10, 2023.
Hogwarts Legacy common rooms
We've seen teases of all four Hogwarts Legacy common rooms, and they are pretty spectacular. Each of the four Hogwarts Houses – Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, and Ravenclaw – have their own exclusive common rooms. These are areas where you'll be able to relax and interact with your fellow students, meet different NPCs, and find unique items and locations to interact with. Impressively, each common room also includes its own unique entrance – for example, the Slytherin door is revealed by a slithering stone serpent, while the Hufflepuff entrance is concealed behind what appears to be a giant keg. It's little touches like this that real dial in the role-play aspect of Hogwarts Legacy.
Hogwarts Legacy classes
As you chart your own path as a young Witch or Wizard, you'll need to participate in Hogwarts Legacy classes. You'll be able to attend classes such as Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, and Potions to learn how to cast new spells, brew potions, grow magical plants, and more. There is also a Flying class which will help you master the art of broomstick flying, and make exploring the wider Hogwarts castle grounds a little easier. We know that there will be professors to meet, although Avalanche Software is yet to detail how in-depth any of the Hogwarts Legacy classes will truly be.
Hogwarts Legacy Quidditch
Hogwarts Legacy broom flight has been confirmed, however we do know that the Wizarding World's most popular pastime will not feature here. That's right, Quidditch will not be playable in Hogwarts Legacy. It's certainly a shame, although Avalanche Software has promised that broom flight will be used for traversal – allowing you to explore new and familiar locations surrounding the Hogwarts Castle – and that there will also be broom race challenges that you can take part in. So… if I dust off my PS2, is anybody up for a couple of rounds of 2003's Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup?
Hogwarts Legacy characters and companions
Hogwarts Legacy is being billed as an in-depth RPG, so of course there will be plenty of characters and companions to meet along the way. You'll be able to befriend other students at the school, and even take them out into the world with you as companions to aid in combat and exploration. Right now there are three Hogwarts Legacy companions confirmed: Natsai Onai, Poppy Sweeting, and Sebastian Sallow.
Outside of directly assisting your adventure, characters can also teach you new spells, and unlock more story content as you start to become friends and learn about their backstories. You'll also encounter familiar Harry Potter ghosts, such as Nearly Headless Nick, Peeves, and Professor Cuthbert Binns; and as a fifth-year student, you'll also be able to interact with a variety of professors at the school, including those who teach Charms, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, and Herbology.
Hogwarts Legacy microtransactions
The downloadable Dark Arts Pack, which is bundled in with the Deluxe Edition, and appearance of activities bound by timers made some players concerned that there would be Hogwarts Legacy microtransactions to contend with. Thankfully, Warner Bros. Games has confirmed that "there are no micro-transactions in Hogwarts Legacy", however players who pick up the standard edition of the game can purchase that Dark Arts Pack of in-game items separately if they want to – although Warner has again confirmed that "there are no other items for purchase in the game."
Hogwarts Legacy system requirements
The Hogwarts Legacy system requirements have been listed by Avalanche Software on the game's official Steam page (opens in new tab). The Hogwarts Legacy minimum and recommended requirements are as follows:
MINIMUM: OS: Windows 10 | Processor: Intel Core i5-8400 OR AMD Ryzen 5 2600 | Memory: 8 GB RAM | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or AMD RX Vega 56 | DirectX: Version 12 | Storage: 85 GB available space
RECOMMENDED: OS: Windows 10 | Processor: Intel Core i7-8700 OR AMD Ryzen 5 3600 | Memory: 16 GB RAM | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti or AMD RX 5700 XT | DirectX: Version 12 | Storage: 85 GB available space
What is Hogwarts Legacy?
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action-RPG set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. The Hogwarts Legacy time period is confirmed to be the 1800s, which means it is set long before any of the other books, films, or video games – so expect to see few familiar faces. However, you will be able to create your own fifth-year student, choose your House and Wand, and then take classes at Hogwarts – applying that knowledge to help you explore outside of the castle walls, and fight other spellcasters and all sorts of fantastic beasts (if you know where to find them).
Is Hogwarts Legacy co-op?
There is no Hogwarts Legacy multiplayer support, as developer Avalanche Software has confirmed that it is a strictly single-player RPG. So while we'd love to see Hogwarts Legacy co-op functionality, allowing us to explore the fabled castle grounds with a friend, sadly we will be enrolling in the school of witchcraft and wizardry alone when Hogwarts Legacy releases in February 2023.
Is J.K. Rowling involved in Hogwarts Legacy?
After J.K. Rowling made transphobic comments, there has been concern surrounding the author's involvement in the creation of Hogwarts Legacy. Warner Bros. states that "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 publisher also notes that Hogwarts Legacy "is not a new story from J.K. Rowling."
Although she is not involved in the development of Hogwarts Legacy, GamesRadar+ acknowledges the role of J.K. Rowling in the creation of the Wizarding World, as well as her publicly-stated, harmful views regarding the rights of transgender people. If you’d like to offer your support to the communities affected by Rowling’s rhetoric, consider donating to the National Center for Transgender Equality in the US, or Mermaids in the UK.