“Hogwarts Legacy” Will Not Have Microtransactions, and More Clarifications About the Upcoming Game
Just last month, we got our first look at the upcoming Wizarding World role-playing game, Hogwarts Legacy. Following that first look, fans were left with many questions about the new title coming from Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Games’s Portkey Games.
Fortunately, more information has been released that could help fans decide if Hogwarts Legacy is for them. The first clarification is that Hogwarts Legacy, unlike games such as Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and the now-defunct Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, will not include microtransactions. CNET writes that this was confirmed by Chandler Wood, the Community Manager for Avalanche Software, on Twitter.
We’ve seen this question coming up and want to set the record straight.
There are no microtransactions in Hogwarts Legacy.
— Chandler Wood (@FinchStrife) March 17, 2022
This confirms that the game is scheduled to be released “Holiday 2022,” as announced during the State of Play event, despite rumors that its release date could be October 27.
The FAQ page also discusses the involvement of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Q: What is J.K. Rowling’s involvement with the game? Is this a new story from J.K. Rowling?
A: 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.
Additionally, Hogwarts Legacy will be a single-player game and will not have online or multiplayer options.
Q: Does Hogwarts Legacy have online or co-op gameplay?
A: Hogwarts Legacy is a single player experience and does not have online or co-op gameplay.
The page also reiterates the absence of microtransactions.
Q: Are there in-game purchases or micro-transactions in Hogwarts Legacy?
A: Hogwarts Legacy does not have in-game purchases or micro-transactions.
Other answers of note include that Hogwarts Legacy will have accessibility features for players who require them, but additional details on those features are yet to come.
Going into more of the world within Hogwarts Legacy, Chandler Wood (whose Twitter response is embedded above) authored a blog post for the PlayStation Blog about the game.
Providing commentary from other members of the development team, Wood quoted narrative lead Moira Squier.
‘Players will get to experience what it was like for Harry starting at a new wizarding school and knowing no one at all. And like Harry, the player’s character is a bit of a celebrity from the outset due to the fact that they are starting as a fifth-year [sic] and because they survived a—’ Sorry, Moira; no spoilers! Let’s just say your arrival [at] Hogwarts is rather eventful.
We also have some more information about the game’s key antagonists. In addition to the goblin Ranrok, there is also “the Dark wizard Victor Rookwood.”
Ranrok has seen a glimmer of a magic that wizardkind tried to hide – even from themselves – and he wants that power in particular. His worldview is skewed by his hatred of wizards, which makes his alliance with Victor Rookwood particularly tenuous. Once Ranrok gets what he wants, no one will be able to stop him and the wizarding world will be doomed.
We know that players will be helped by a Professor Fig, whose name is given in the blog post as Eleazar Fig. This, along with a post from Wizarding World Digital, again suggests no connection to Arabella Figg, a Squib in the Harry Potter series.