The publisher Warner Bros. Games reports that in its first two weeks, Hogwarts Legacy sold more than 12 million copies and raked in more than $850 million in sales worldwide.
Harry Potter is a popular fantasy novel series that follows the adventures of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends as they battle against the dark forces of the wizarding world. It's become a beloved classic for readers of all ages, and has spawned a successful film franchise as well. The Harry Potter series has captivated readers around the world with its imaginative storytelling, rich characters, and thrilling plot twists. It's a classic tale of good versus evil, and a powerful reminder of the power of friendship and courage. The Harry Potter series was written by the renowned author J.K. Rowling, who has been praised for her ability to turn complex ideas into easy-to-understand stories. Her writing style has been described as "magical," and her characters have become iconic figures in the literary world.
Hogwarts was founded in the 9th or 10th century by Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff and Salazar Slytherin. It was established in the Highlands of Scotland to educate young wizards and witches and keep them safe from muggle persecution. Each of the four founders focused on different aspects of magic and contributed to the school's curriculum as well as its decision-making processes. Hogwarts was designed to provide a safe haven for magical students, so that they could be educated in a safe and secure environment.
Players are set on an open-world journey in Hogwarts Legacy, an action role-playing game played from a third-person point of view. Players must use their wits and courage to overcome the challenges posed by this mysterious force and save the school from impending doom.
Players can explore locations and interact with characters from the series, giving them a sense of belonging, as if they were actually attending Hogwarts. They can also participate in magical battles, brew potions, and take classes with professors from the series. The Sorting Hat is a magical hat placed upon each student's head when they arrive at Hogwarts. It is said to read the student's mind and determine which house they are best suited to. Once the student is sorted into their house, they gain access to their house's common room.
The player's choice of house will determine the kinds of side-quests they will receive, which are exclusive to each house. As the player progresses through the game, their castle will visually change to signify the changing of the seasons. This provides an exciting experience, as each house has a different set of quests and visuals to experience. This helps to create a sense of presence in the game world as well as a sense of connection to the characters and the environment. It also allows the game to have an original soundtrack tailored to each house and location, providing a different experience for each player.
Furthermore, players can also customize hair, clothing and other details to make their character unique. In addition, they can select from a range of accessories to further customize their appearance, such as hairstyles and clothing. This allows players to create a character that better reflects themselves and their own identity, giving them a more personalized gaming experience. Additionally, customizing the character's appearance can give players a sense of ownership and pride in their character.
Achieving higher levels grants the player powerful new spells, talents, and abilities to help them progress further in the game. As the player progresses and gains more levels, they are rewarded with more powerful spells, talents, and abilities that will prove invaluable in their adventures. These can all be seen as tests of your skill and courage, testing your wit and knowledge along the way. The house points serve as an indicator of each house's progress in the competition, rewarding bravery, skill and knowledge.
As players acquire more experience, they gain access to more powerful spells. They can mix and match different spells and combat abilities to create more powerful combinations. This allows them to develop a play style tailored to their individual preferences and strengths.
The game encourages players to explore various possibilities and strategies to find the combination of spells and combat abilities that truly suits their individual style. This encourages players to play around and experiment with different options, making the game more engaging and enjoyable. Classes allow players to explore plot points in the game, as well as gain more insight into the NPCs and the world they inhabit. Classes also provide a way for players to build relationships with NPCs and deepen their understanding of the game's story.
Schoolmates add an additional layer of depth to the game which can create a more engaging experience. They provide support and assistance, and by learning more about their personalities, players can develop a sense of connection and loyalty.
Considering that most players will most likely play through all four houses in order to obtain different outcomes, Hogwarts Legacy is sure to keep the player engaged.
PS5, Windows, Xbox X/S - 10 February 2023
PS4, Xbox One - 4 April 2023
Nintendo Switch - 25 July 2023