Hogwarts Legacy State of Play recap: Release date, gameplay features and more

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There aren’t a lot of Harry Potter video games out there in the gaming world, but Hogwarts Legacy is looking to change just that. This is definitely one of the most anticipated video games of 2022 and we got a 20-minute breakdown of gameplay footage from PlayStation’s State of Play.

From everything that was shown and from everything we know so far up to this point, Hogwarts Legacy appears as if its going to be incredibly awesome. It is not too often that PlayStation highlights a video game from their State of Play that isn’t a PlayStation exclusive, but given the hype this game has around it, I don’t blame them.

What exactly is Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, action RPG that is set in the 1800s wizarding world. You will experience life as if you were your very own student at Hogwarts. Throughout the course of your journey, you will try and uncover hidden truths while also perfecting your magic abilities. You will have the chance to master spells, brew potions, tame magical beasts and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Will we see any major Harry Potter Characters?

Since Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the 1800s, it will not be set in J.K Rowling’s original set of stories. This is all happening well before Harry, Hermione, or Ron ever attended Hogwarts. This means you become a student before those three legendary characters even have gotten the chance to step through Hogwarts’ doors.

You may come across some familiar faces or names along the way, but remember the game takes place in the 1800s so there will be a lot of new faces, friends, and enemies that you aren’t used to hearing about.

What are some of the features and activities featured?

As seen in the State of Play gameplay that was shown, you are going to have the option to customize and create your wizard to look the way you want. This makes it to where everyone’s character can represent them and there won’t be a default character that everyone has to choose. After you customize your wizard to your liking, you will see the famous Sorting Hat that will sort you into one of either: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.

The catch through all of this is that this isn’t your freshman year at Hogwarts. You will be starting out as a fifth-year student. You are late to the party, but better late than never. Also, just because this is a video game, doesn’t mean that it can get you out of school. As a wizarding student you will have to attend classes just like every other wizarding student. The classes that you will be attending aren’t your typical math or science class. Instead, some of the classes that you will be required to go to are Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, and Potions. Typical classes for a wizarding student. It appears that casting spells is a very smooth mechanic is Hogwarts Legacy which is great news given you are going to have to do lots of it.

If you are not in class and you want to roam around the campus, you can do just that. There are going to be plenty of different hidden secrets that you will be able to uncover. Hogwarts is a very mysterious school to attend. There will be plenty of dungeons, secret passageways and even puzzles to try and solve as you manage your way around the campus.

What kind of combats will you be exposed to?

The spells and abilities that you learn throughout your journey are going to be put to the test. You may need to learn certain magic spells and special abilities in order to complete certain tasks or puzzles. Most importantly, you will need to master these spells in order to defeat any combats that you find yourself getting caught in.

There will be a plethora of different creatures, evil wizards, and even annoying goblins that will try and destroy you by any means necessary. It is a dangerous world that you will be joining, but luckily there will be plenty of spells that you can master to fight against the evil darkness.

How will exploration work?

Walking around campus is one way to get around, especially when exploring campus. However, Hogwarts Legacy truly brings out the wizarding stereotype when it comes to means of travel. If you want to ride on a broomstick, you are able to do just that. In fact, you will be able to take Flying classes in order to master your broomstick abilities.

If a broomstick is not your type of speed, maybe taking a ride of a magical beast is more your speed. You heard that right. There will be ways where you can tame certain magical beast and ride on the back of them to travel around the wizarding way in a more efficient way.

Everyone will have a different path to that they can go down

The great part of Hogwarts Legacy is that you can cater your magic to how you want to play the game. There are a set of upgrades, talents and skills to aid their progression as a witch or wizard. There will also be challenges and tasks to complete around the wizarding world that will allow you to level up your different abilities. There is a lot of flexibility on what paths you want to upgrade first depending on what type of playstyle that you want to use.

The Room of Requirement is also making its way into Hogwarts Legacy and will be available to provide you with crucial things you made need throughout your journey. The Room of Requirement is the place to go if you are looking for a little boost to find some items you may be looking for.

There is a ton of exploration

Exploring Hogwarts isn’t just limited to the school itself. You are able to go beyond the walls of Hogwarts and explore the regions beyond. You will be able to explore the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village, and other locations beyond Hogwarts where you will be able to interact with tons of different NPCs and vendors to shop around with. This just proves that this game is going to be massive and will have a ton of different areas to explore. Something that is crucial for gamers when they look deeply into a video game.

Other details

With all the main details that we know about Hogwarts Legacy so far, there are still some minor details that need to be shared as well. Hogwarts Legacy is only a single player game which isn’t terrible for being an action RPG genre style game. There also will not be any micro-transactions either meaning you won’t have to shell out tons of money just to get the best upgrades in all of Hogwarts.

Another thing that I noticed from the State of Play is that there is a change of seasons. At one point there may be snow on the ground and no leaves on the trees as you are in the middle of winter. However, there can be another moment where you are running through a forest with the changing of the leaves. It is a really cool concept and proves that developers have put time and effort into even smaller details like these.

There is no doubt that this game looks visually stunning and there will be tons of different tasks to take on. As time gets closer to the official release date, more and more details will come out and we will get an even better understanding on what the wizarding world will hold for us.

Hogwarts Legacy release date

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There is no official release date as of yet except that we know Hogwarts Legacy will be releasing Holiday of 2022. Holiday 2022 can be a couple of different months, but we know it should be released by the end of 2022. Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC. Based on the little bit of gameplay footage that we have seen, it appears that this game is going to make shockwaves in the gaming community.