The highly anticipated video game Hogwarts Legacy is truly testing its eager fans’ patience. According to the latest update, the Hogwarts Legacy release date is set for February 2023 now. While this is a significant delay from its initial release date, fans are hopeful that the wait will be worth it. Here is all the latest information regarding the upcoming video game. From the latest release date to the possible game plays, we gathered all the necessary information for you here.
Hogwarts Legacy is an upcoming interactive, open-world action game taking place in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter books. Players would get to explore their way through the magical land. The game has both common and new grounds for the players to explore. Full of fascinating beasts, each turn has a new twist. Players get to customize their own characters, master various spells and stir up various portions. Moreover, the more you play, the more you get to upgrade your talents and ultimately become the strongest wizard.
Players get first-hand experience in the mythical Hogwarts school in the 1800s. Your character is a student who possesses the key to an ancient mystery that threatens to split the wizarding world in two. Get a direct feeling of living at Hogwarts, making friends and allies, and fighting the dark wizards. Each decision you make affects the fate of the entirety of the wizarding world.
Hogwarts Legacy Release Date is Set For February 2023
Hogwarts Legacy released an official post on their Twitter account revealing that the game would release later than we expected. The publishers, Avalanche, and developers, Warner Bros, initially gave an estimated Holiday release date. A trailer drop in March confirmed this news initially. However, the latest Hogwarts Legacy release date is set for February 2023 now. The game was released on February 10th, 2023, for Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and PC. It would eventually release on Nintendo switch as well. However, the developers are yet to confirm the exact date of release for that. Warner Bros claims that this approximately 2-month delay in the release date came due to the team needing “a little more time to deliver the best possible game experience.”
This new release date makes the fans wait a solid two more months before they can finally get their hands on the much-awaited game. The Hogwarts Legacy team released a 15-minute gameplay initially that hinted toward the holiday release date. However, in the recent update, the team revealed the new release date, along with some new features. These new features include growing your own plants, attending Hogwarts classes, exploring various parts of the school, and communicating with the various mythical creatures.
Recently, fans were speculating that the game may have a December release. The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy: Exploring the Unwritten Wizarding World -the upcoming book that follows the game takes inspiration from- preponed its date of release. Initially scheduled to release on December 31st, the book now has a 6th December date of release. This change in date had eager fans wondering if this change occurred to have both the game and book have the same release date. However, this clearly was not the case.
Controversies surrounding HL
While multiple fans are beyond ecstatic about the game’s release, many also showed their concerns regarding it. The upcoming RPG surely had its fair share of controversies and hurdles. Multiple fans showed dismay towards the possible involvement of J.K. Rowling (the author of the Harry Potter books) in the making of the game. Rowling previously made multiple hateful comments toward the LGBTQIA+ community and openly expressed her transphobia. Her problematic opinions made many of her fans turn against her. Warner Bros, however, confirmed that Rowling had no role in the making of this game, regardless of her being the author of the magical universe. Furthermore, Warner Bros also unveiled that the game would allow its players to form their own transgender characters.
Unfortunately, regardless of severing any links with Rowling, the game still faced multiple criticisms. The trailer for the game managed to get a fair amount of negative attention due to its plot. The trailer shows goblins as the prime villains in the series. However, true Harry Potter fans know that Rowling tried to portray the Goblins as a shameless anti-Semitic representation of the Jewish people. The game portrays goblins as inferior beings in the wizarding world. These goblins showed traits that senile racist cartoons and other media platforms often associated with them. All this led to the game being put under great scrutiny.