If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ve probably heard about Hogwarts Legacy, the highly-anticipated action role-playing game set in the Wizarding World. Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games, Hogwarts Legacy is set to be released on multiple platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
However, the launch will be staggered over the course of six months, with some players getting early access through the Deluxe Edition. In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy before you play, from the release dates to the gameplay and more.
Release Dates: When Can You Play Hogwarts Legacy on All Platforms?
- Feb. 7 — Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition early access (PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X)
- Feb. 10 — Hogwarts Legacy standard edition (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)
- April 4 — Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition and standard edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
- July 25 — Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition and standard edition (Nintendo Switch)
Hogwarts Legacy was officially released on February 10, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X. However, the Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy offered 72 hours of early access to the game, meaning some players started playing it early on February 7.
For Potterheads on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Hogwarts Legacy will be released on those consoles on April 4, with no early access period for the Deluxe Edition. The Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy will be released on July 25, 2023.
Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition: What’s Included and How to Get It
The extravagant, physical Collector’s Edition of Hogwarts Legacy will be released on February 7, 2023, letting serious Harry Potter fans with deep pockets play the game early. The Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition can be pre-ordered for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for $299.99 and PC for $289.99.
There are also PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Collector’s Edition available for $289.99, but they won’t be released until April. However, the Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition appears to be sold out at the retailers stocking it (Amazon and GameStop) anyway.
Gameplay: What Can You Expect from Hogwarts Legacy?
In Hogwarts Legacy, players assume the role of a student attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the late 1800s. As you progress through the game, you’ll learn spells, brew potions, and master magical combat while exploring a vast open world that includes Hogwarts Castle, the Forbidden Forest, and Hogsmeade Village.
You’ll encounter iconic characters from the Harry Potter universe and interact with them in ways that impact the story and gameplay. The game promises to offer hours of immersive gameplay that will delight fans of the books and movies.
Graphics and Sound: How Does Hogwarts Legacy Look and Sound?
From the trailers and gameplay footage released so far, Hogwarts Legacy looks stunning. The game features detailed environments, realistic lighting, and a cast of characters that are faithful to their depictions in books and movies.
The soundtrack is composed by award-winning composer James Hannigan and promises to capture the magic and wonder of the Wizarding World. Overall, Hogwarts Legacy appears to be a visually and sonically impressive game that will immerse players in the world of Harry Potter.
- Can I play Hogwarts Legacy on all platforms at the same time? No, the launch of Hogwarts Legacy is staggered over six months. The Deluxe Edition has an early access period, while the standard edition is released later. The game is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC, with PS4 and Xbox One versions releasing on April 4 and Nintendo Switch version on July 25.
- What is the difference between the Deluxe Edition and the standard edition? The Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy offers 72 hours of early access to the game, along with additional in-game content such as a house pack and magical creatures. The standard edition does not have early access or these extra features.
- When is the Collector’s Edition of Hogwarts Legacy being released? The physical Collector’s Edition of Hogwarts Legacy is being released on Feb. 7, the same day as the Deluxe Edition. However, it appears to be sold out at retailers like Amazon and GameStop.
- Can I pre-order the Collector’s Edition for Nintendo Switch? No, there is no Collector’s Edition available for the Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy.
- How much does the Collector’s Edition cost? The Collector’s Edition is available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for $299.99, and PC for $289.99. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Collector’s Edition cost $289.99, but they are not coming until April.