In the midst of Sony’s much anticipated Playstation Showcase, Warner Bros. Games showed off a dazzling trailer for Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world action RPG set in the Harry Potter universe, due for release in 2021. Developed by Avalanche Software and being overseen by Portkey Games, Hogwarts Legacy will allow players to hone their magical craft on PlayStation 5, PS4 (and Pro), Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One consoles, and PC.
Set in the 1800s, a century before the events of the Harry Potter books, players will be able to create their own witch or wizard and study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They’ll be able to brew potions, learn spells, interacting with magical beasts, and of course, Quidditch. Players will also be able to venture beyond the school grounds and visit familiar locations, such as the Forbidden Forest or the village of Hogsmeade.
While the reveal trailer appeared to be cinematic, there were some shots in there that appeared to be running in-engine. Whether these were actually gameplay clips with the UI elements removed, or presented to appear as gameplay, we’re not sure. What we do know, however, is that the game looks incredible.
Harry Potter games have been around since 2001, with most titles following the story of the book series. Hogwarts Legacy looks to become its own adventure in the HP universe, with an original story that does everything from exploring the school to engaging Dark Wizards in a time long before The Boy Who Lived. The trailer and information from Warner Bros. promises an open-world with gameplay featuring action RPG elements.
Fans immediately showed their excitement for the title, arguing with others and themselves over the merits of such a title, which comes during a round of recent controversy regarding author J.K. Rowling’s views regarding the trans community.
At this time it’s unknown when we can expect more information on Hogwarts Legacy. But considering the pedigree of the development studio, (Avalanche Software is responsible for the successful Disney Infinity series), expectations should remain high for an impressive final product.