“Hogwarts Legacy” Gameplay Showcase II Explores Open World, Game Combat, and Room of Requirement

Hogwarts Legacy has released more content teasers and gameplay footage in an exciting new video. The Hogwarts Legacy Game Showcase II not only explores the open world map away from the relatively well-known grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry but also takes a deeper look into game combat within the Dark Arts Battle Arena, the personalization components of the Room of Requirement, and how players can care for magical creatures.



Footage from Gameplay Showcase II begins by showing viewers what it’s like to get on a flying broom to explore the open world. Of course, players could have their characters walk all over the place, but a broom allows for higher speeds and more fun. Players can get their brooms from the broom shop in Hogsmeade and will be able to pick the style and design for even more customization.

Those who have preordered Hogwarts Legacy are in for a treat regarding magical transportation. The exclusive Onyx Hippogriff can be used to gallop around the open world with ease, but if you like the flight concept with the broom, you can do that with the hippogriff too. With the press of a button, the beast will take off with the character on its back and fly away at high speeds.


A character from "Hogwarts Legacy" riding a broom.


For players who own the Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition, as they explore more areas of gameplay within the open world and the character story line, they will come across a place known as the Dark Arts Battle Arena. Characters can use the Unforgivable Curses to fight through waves of enemies in this area. The Gameplay Showcase II gives viewers their first battle sequence in the Dark Arts Battle Arena by blasting an enemy with the Killing Curse, and the enemy health bar immediately drains to zero. Players who dare to explore the Dark Arts Battle Arena must dodge and weave through the room as they take enemies down with various spells. As they continue to learn how to combat, players can strengthen and use spells more intensely as they progress. The Dark Arts Battle Arena will also be available as an in-game purchase from the Dark Arts Pack.


A character from "Hogwarts Legacy" in the Dark Arts Battle Arena.


The final sneak peek footage from Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay Showcase II brings viewers to the Room of Requirement. This space will be fully customizable to the player. From the objects and furniture to the architecture of the ceilings and walls, the Room of Requirement is the player’s place to call their own at Hogwarts. It’s also a great area to grow plants, brew potions, and upgrade or imbue magical abilities into their gear.

We can’t forget about magical beasts now, can we? You can collect an array of magical creatures in an area of the Room of Requirement called the Vivarium. In the Vivarium, animals are friendly but require some TLC from the player. Feeding, playing with, and petting these animals will let players get ingredients from them that can be used in potion-making and crafting.


A character from "Hogwarts Legacy" playing with a Graphorn.


Hogwarts Legacy is available for preorder and will be available for purchase on February 10 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC; April 4 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; and July 25 for Nintendo Switch.

Press Release

New Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay Videos Explore the Open World, a Deeper Look at Combat and the Room of Requirement

Warner Bros. Games and Avalanche Software today unveiled new gameplay videos for Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming open-world, action role-playing-game [sic] launching February 10, 2023. The gameplay videos provide a look at the open world outside Hogwarts Castle via broom flight, a deeper look at combat in the Dark Arts Battle Arena and personalization in the Room of Requirement.

In the first section of gameplay, the player, a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the late 1800s, mounts their broom flying low over the open world. Flying above the Scottish Highlands, the player lands to explore a hamlet, which provides an opportunity to meet different witches and wizards while also participating in quest opportunities. The player then mounts an Onyx Hippogriff (a [h]ippogriff variant exclusive to pre-orders) to traverse the landscape as it changes to winter and the land is covered by snow.

In a deeper dive [into] the combat, the player, wearing the Dark Arts cosmetic set, walks through the Forbidden Forest before riding a Thestral to the Dark Arts Battle Arena. The Dark Arts Cosmetic Set, Thestral Mount, and Dark Arts Battle Arena are available exclusively in the Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition or for purchase in-game in the Dark Arts Pack. The player immediately casts [a Killing Curse] to show the enemy’s health bar instantly go to zero. Tools such as potions and plants from the Room of Requirement can be brought with the player into combat to help defeat enemies more efficiently.

In the final video, the player visits the Room of Requirement. The entire space can be personalized, and the architecture can be changed as the player conjures objects into the space. Conjurations can be found at Tomes and Scrolls in Hogsmeade or rewarded for completing various activities throughout the game. Utility items like planting pots and brewing stations can also be customized. Over the course of gameplay, the player will be able to conjure the Loom, which can be used to customize and add magical properties to their gear. And finally, the player walks to the Vivarium, where beasts are cared for. A Graphorn, Niffler, Kneazle and [m]ooncalf are revealed. By petting and feeding a beast, they will give the player the magical ingredients needed to customize and upgrade their gear. A toy chest is also available to play with the beasts, and the beasts can be given individual names.

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Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games under the Portkey Games label, Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, action, open-world role-playing-game [sic] set in the 1800’s [sic] wizarding world. Beginning as a fifth year, players will embark on a journey through new and familiar locations, explore and discover magical beasts, craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents and customize their character to become the witch or wizard they want to be.

Hogwarts Legacy is scheduled to launch worldwide for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC on February 10; PlayStation®4 and Xbox One will launch on April 4 and Nintendo Switch on July 25.

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