Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy 2021: Release Date, Platforms, and Gameplay

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, action role-playing game set in the 1800s wizarding world.

Avalanche Software is currently developing the game, and Warner Bros. Games will publish it under their Portkey Games label. It is a publishing label dedicated to creating innovative video-gaming experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World stories.


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The developers announced the upcoming title during the PlayStation 5 showcase in September 2020 by dropping an official reveal trailer. The trailer showed the many activities players would take part in at Hogwarts and also teased the dangers they would face.

Hogwarts Legacy release date and platforms

The same trailer revealed the probable release date for the new title. Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Games had initially planned to release their game in 2021.

However, the studios announced in January 2021 that they will not rush the development process. They will give the game the time it needs in order to create the "best possible experience" for fans.

As a result of the delay, Hogwarts Legacy is now scheduled for release in 2022. Upon launch, the game will become available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

Hogwarts Legacy gameplay and story

The game's website describes it as an open-world, single-player, action-RPG set in the 1800s. The story sees players experiencing student life at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and embarking on a perilous journey to unearth a hidden truth of the wizarding world.

The game's environment is packed with immersive magic, with the player at the center of their adventure to become their desired wizard or witch. They will enhance their character's abilities by mastering powerful spells, brewing potions, honing combat skills, and taming deadly beasts. Besides, they will have tough choices to make in various missions and scenarios.

The open-world setting will allow players to explore new and familiar locations beyond the Hogwarts premises, including Hogsmeade Village and the Forbidden Forest.

Another interesting gameplay aspect is that players can select their Hogwarts house at the start of the game. While these are the gameplay details the developers have shared for now, they will have more to add on at a later date.

Is Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, or Ron Weasley in Hogwarts Legacy?

Since the game takes place in the 1800s, it is before the timeline in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter franchise. Therefore, Harry, Hermione, and Ron won't feature in this game.


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According to Warner Bros, J. K. Rowling is not directly involved in the game's creation. But her original stories of the Wizarding World serve as the inspiration behind creating a unique gaming experience.

Hogwarts Legacy will feature new and unforeseen locations, characters, and story elements. Despite the upcoming title not being a direct adaptation of the Harry Potter books and films, the Wizarding World lore is deeply rooted in the gaming experience.

Hogwarts Legacy details


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Release dateHogwarts Legacy will release in 2022
SeriesHarry Potter video games
DevelopersAvalanche Software
Publishers Warner Bros. under Portkey Games
PlatformsWindows, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
GenreOpen-world, action role-playing