Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment kicked off the new Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy showcase earlier today, showcasing a slew of new gameplay including character creators, combat, user interfaces, and more.
It constituted the deepest look yet for an open-world Harry Potter game, casting players as fifth-graders at Hogwarts. From the Hufflepuff common room to the different parts of the castle, we’ve revealed how the new game brings Hogwarts to life.
The tour included up-to-date details on various quests, collectibles, and other aspects familiar to fans of open-world games and RPGs. One of the main assumptions is that the main character is behind other students. So you will have to complete various mini-quests to catch up. These quests are cataloged in Wizard’s Field Guides that track the elements surrounding battles, quests, collections, and rooms of requirements.
Classes, on the other hand, will be optional side quests, offering players the opportunity to progress through spells and learn more about various professors.
The showcase also included character creator appearances, including a variety of hairstyles, including options for dreadlocks, cornrows, and freckles. The developers have confirmed that you can change your in-game appearance by going to the barber shop in Hogsmeade.
Along the way, the developers acknowledged some of the elements the team couldn’t include, such as Quidditch, Gobstone, and Wizard Chess. I tried to include most of the elements in the story in some way.
The showcase ended with a brief look at the combat as players fought Dummies in the dueling club housed in Hogwarts’ clock tower. Alluded to, it promised that players would be able to visit all the visible areas while looking out over the vast Scottish landscape below.
Warner Bros. showed relatively little gameplay for Hogwarts Legacy prior to this showcase, instead focusing on story elements such as the inclusion of the Unforgiven Curse. In , Hogwarts Legacy was embroiled in controversy over J.K. Rowling’s continued attacks on transgender people, splitting fans and even the film’s cast.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Legacy is in development by Avalanche Software for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC. It will be released on February 10th.
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