Rumor: “Hogwarts Legacy” to Have Multiple Regions, Inspired by “Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

Billed as an immersive open-world role-playing video game set in the wizarding world, Hogwarts Legacy is easily one of the most anticipated Potter-based projects expected to be released this year. The announcement trailer, unveiled in September 2020, previewed some spectacular visuals and breathtaking battle sequences that have us incredibly excited. To further add to that excitement, new rumors regarding gameplay details have surfaced, and it’s all very promising.

A YouTuber named RetroRaconteur recently uploaded a video wherein he was contacted by two separate individuals who provided rumored gameplay details that are expected to be in Hogwarts Legacy. The YouTuber made sure to provide a disclaimer, explaining that his channel isn’t meant to leak new rumors regarding video games, but found merit in the details provided to him. One of his sources also provided photographic proof that he believed to be real but was unfortunately unable to show.

 

 

In the video, he outlined the following gameplay features:

  • Developers were heavily inspired by the level design of Ghost of Tsushima, The Last of Us Part II, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
  • Enemy camps will be a core part of gameplay, with combat, stealth, and exploration all playing a role.
  • The game will also include dungeons, in addition to the enemy camps, and there was an entire team dedicated to designing them.
  • Multiple regions will be included in the open world.
  • Relationships are in the game and have story lines designed to emotionally engage players.
  • Multiple towns are included and feature NPCs (non-player characters) with unique behaviors and conversations to feel like a living, breathing town.
  • Day and night cycles are in the game.

That’s quite a lot to unpack.

It looks like the developers are citing three heavily lauded video games as inspirations for Hogwarts Legacy, and that has us very excited. For those who aren’t familiar with these titles, Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part II both received praise for their visuals and level design, while Breath of the Wild was recognized as a masterpiece for its open-world design and gameplay. If Avalanche Software, Sumo Nottingham, and Red Kite Games can implement all the traits that made these games great in the context of the wizarding world, then Potter fans are in for a real treat.

Overall, it seems that this video game will be a lot larger and more immersive than we ever dreamed of. While it’s been confirmed that Hogwarts Castle, the Forbidden Forest, and Hogsmeade will be featured in the game, this rumor tells us that there will be additional towns and even new regions to explore. It’s difficult to fathom and speculate on where the game will take us, but it makes sense considering that the books and movies didn’t explore the wizarding world as thoroughly as we would have wanted. After all, there’s a lot we don’t know about the mountains that surround Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. Since the game is set in the 1800s with an entirely original story, the developers have the freedom to create something new that we’ve likely never known or thought about.

And lastly, with the inclusion of enemy camps, should we anticipate duels with Dark wizards? If so, this game is going to have everything.

Though RetroRaconteur believes these new details to be true, it’s still important to note that none of this information is confirmed and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Originally announced in 2020 with an expected 2021 release window, Hogwarts Legacy was later delayed until 2022, with the most recent rumor suggesting a Q3 or Q4 release.

Do you think we can believe this latest rumor? Which of these features are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Adam Poncharoensub

"Hogwarts is my home!" is a phrase that I've uttered more times than any sane person should (and my long-suffering friends can attest to it.) For as long as I can remember, I've always found myself escaping reality into the wizarding world to feel at peace. Instead, I'm more likely wandering the suburbs of South Florida shouting choice "Harry Potter" and Batman quotes at unsuspecting victims.