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A Legend Two Years in the Making: Warner Bros. Games Announces “Hogwarts Legacy” RPG

We suppose we can stop screaming long enough to pass this along: It’s real, wizarding world gamers. And it’s coming in 2021.

Warner Bros. Games confirmed one of the gaming world’s greatest rumors of the past two years this afternoon with its announcement that an immersive, open-world role-playing game (RPG) is finally on its way. Hogwarts Legacy will arrive in 2021, and we’re thrilled to report that it won’t be exclusive to one of the newest – and most expensive – consoles either. While the game will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, it will also be released for PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

 

Pictured is the packaging for "Hogwarts Legacy".

 

Warner Bros. Games – which will release the Avalanche-developed title under the Portkey Games label – issued a press release today that gives us a taste of the magic in store. As has been rumored since footage of the game first leaked in October 2018, it will be set in the wizarding world of the 1800s, and players will “experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.”

Yes to every single bit of that and everything below as well.

Hogwarts Legacy is filled with immersive magic, putting players at the center of their adventure to become the witch or wizard they choose to be. They will grow their character’s abilities as they master powerful spells, hone combat skills and select companions to help them face off against deadly enemies.

Missions and scenarios will also be part of the gaming experience, allowing players to make “difficult” choices that will shape their character’s path and “determine what they stand for.” According to the release, we’ll be able to nurture our magical abilities through a mastery of spells, potions, and beast-taming, uncovering dangers “tied to the wizarding world’s long[-]forgotten past” along the way and discovering an “unusual ability” that apparently only we possess. The intrigue is strong with this one.

The trailer, which you can view below, is nothing short of magnificent. This game’s graphics are gorgeous, and old-timey Hogwarts is everything we ever thought it would be – not to mention old-timey Hogsmeade! Your character is seen arriving at the school in a flying carriage à la Gellert Grindelwald, and everything is beautiful, fluid movement from there as we catch glimpses of creatures to which we were introduced in the Fantastic Beasts series, old “friends” such as Dementors and Inferi, dragons, trolls, hippogriffs… We’re getting verklempt here. Just watch the trailer while we catch our breath.

 

 

 

 

David Haddad, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, promises the RPG freedom wizarding world gamers have long craved from a Portkey Games title:

Hogwarts Legacy gives players control over their own experience with RPG gameplay unlike anything else in the Wizarding World, which will continue to build fan appeal in the Portkey Games label. Avalanche has brought to life this rich and deep world, full of action-packed magic, as well as a detailed, mysterious story to engage fans and gamers alike.

For a sneak peek at more of the graphics, check out the gallery of screenshots below.

 

 

You can learn more on the game’s official site.

As the trailer reminds you, “The choices you make now will define the legacy of Hogwarts.” On a scale of one to running around in circles waving a wand, how excited are you for this news? Let us know in the comments.

Press Release

WARNER BROS. GAMES ANNOUNCES HOGWARTS LEGACY
Immersive, Open-World, Action Role-Playing-Game [sic] Puts Players at the Center of Their Own Wizarding World Story
Players to Experience a New Hogwarts Adventure Set in the 1800s

Burbank, Calif. – Sept. 16, 2020 - Warner Bros. Games today announced Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world, single-player, action role-playing videogame (RPG) set in the 1800s wizarding world. Players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. Developed by Avalanche and published by Warner Bros. Games under the Portkey Games label, Hogwarts Legacy will release in 2021 for PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and PC.

Hogwarts Legacy is filled with immersive magic, putting players at the center of their adventure to become the witch or wizard they choose to be. They will grow their character’s abilities as they master powerful spells, hone combat skills and select companions to help them face off against deadly enemies. Players will also encounter missions and scenarios that will pose difficult choices and determine what they stand for.

To view and share the Hogwarts Legacy Official Announcement Trailer, visit: http://go.wbgames.com/HogwartsLegacyAnnounce
To download official Hogwarts Legacy assets, visit: [4K trailer], [1080p trailer], [additional assets] "Hogwarts Legacy gives players control over their own experience with RPG gameplay unlike anything else in the Wizarding World, which will continue to build fan appeal in the Portkey Games label," said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Games. "Avalanche has brought to life this rich and deep world, full of action-packed magic, as well as a detailed, mysterious story to engage fans and gamers alike."
"It’s such an honor to work on such an amazing franchise, and the team is dedicated to delivering an authentic Wizarding World experience that both Harry Potter and RPG fans will enjoy," said John Blackburn, Studio General Manager, Avalanche. "Hogwarts Legacy is so special because it allows players to immerse themselves in a new narrative that is filled with complex characters and of course, magic.”

As the climactic story begins, players grow their magical abilities by mastering spells, brewing potions and taming fantastic beasts. Along the way, they will uncover an expansive world filled with perilous dangers tied to the wizarding world’s long[-]forgotten past and an unusual ability that only they possess. The open-world journey takes players beyond Hogwarts to new and familiar wizarding world locations including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.

To learn more about Hogwarts Legacy visit https://www.hogwartslegacy.warnerbrosgames.com or join the conversation on Facebook https://facebook.com/HogwartsLegacy, Twitter https://twitter.com/HogwartsLegacy, Instagram https://instagram.com/HogwartsLegacy, and YouTube https://youtube.com/HogwartsLegacy.

 

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Brienne Green

I'm a passionate journalist, feeding my wizarding world obsession on MuggleNet by night, forever trying to find ways to work "Potter" references into high school sports stories by day. When not writing, I can be often be found making quiche at 2 a.m., playing Queen tunes on the piano, or talking (and talking and talking) about Sirius Black.