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Hogwarts Legacy Release Date, Trailer, And Gameplay - What We Know So Far

"Harry Potter" is a franchise that needs no introduction. Thanks to its ubiquity and timelessness, the beloved, magical world of Hogwarts is still keeping fans engaged and intrigued today. After a long wait and a few delays, upcoming title "Hogwarts Legacy" is finally poised to please fans with a new take on the fantastical world Harry calls home.

Though there's a lot that's been revealed so far for "Hogwarts Legacy," the game has also been subject to an uproar due to some anti-women views shared by its former lead designer online. Add to that author J.K. Rowling's controversial history anti-trans comments and there's a lot for the game to work against. That being said, the game's developer has resolved to include transgender character options, and the lead designer has since stepped down since concerns about him surfaced.

While there are already a lot of factors impacting the potential success of "Hogwarts Legacy," it seems there are still plenty of opportunities for the game to win over fans. Here's all the details available so far for "Hogwarts Legacy," including the recently announced release date.

When is the release date for Hogwarts Legacy?

"Hogwarts Legacy" finally has a firm release date, but there's a bittersweet twist. The game was originally meant to release sometime during the 2022 holiday season, so the announcement of an official release date is also confirmation of a delay. This likely hits hard for those eagerly awaiting the upcoming title, as "Hogwarts Legacy" has already been delayed. Originally scheduled for a 2021 release, the previous delay pushed the game back to 2022.

That being said, fans won't have to wait too long from now to give "Hogwarts Legacy" a try, even after all of the delays. According to an update from the game's official Twitter account, fans eager to dive into Harry's world can look forward to getting started on Feb. 10, 2023. Apparently, the team needed more time to polish the game. It's also worth noting that the February 10 release date will apply for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. The Nintendo Switch release date is currently TBD.

Is there a trailer for Hogwarts Legacy?

As of now, there are three main trailers for "Hogwarts Legacy" — the two-and-a-half minute reveal trailer, the 15-minute gameplay reveal from Sony's State of Play, and a minute-long next-gen immersion trailer.

The immersion trailer is the most recent of its kind, arriving in May 2022. It highlights countless familiar Hogwarts locations like the Great Hall, as well as the beautiful scenery from the perspective of a Hippogriff in flight. Plus, the trailer details how playing on the PS5 will impact the game through features like haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and 3D audio among others.

As for the gameplay reveal trailer from March 2022, it provides an in-depth walkthrough of what to expect, including character selection and getting sorted into a House, the player's expected class schedule, castle exploration complete with puzzle-solving challenges, spell-casting combat, skill progression, seasonal changes, creatures to take care of, and of course, a look into the mystery-driven plotline. Players can also catch a glimpse of familiar locations like the Room of Requirement and Hogsmeade.

How will gameplay work in Hogwarts Legacy?

Thanks to the trio of trailers explored above, there's a great deal of gameplay footage available. On top of that, the game's website elaborates on what to expect.

At its heart, "Hogwarts Legacy" is "an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books." Set in the 1800s, players familiar with the fantasy world of Harry and his friends will recognize much of the lore, but few of the characters. The plot centers around the player's customizable character, described as "a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart."

Choice is the name of the game. Set in an open world, "Hogwarts Legacy" offers plenty of opportunities to traverse everywhere from the Forbidden Forest to secret locations in Hogwarts castle. Whether players focus on potion brewing, curing cursed creatures, spell-centric combat, making strategic allies, or all of the above, there won't be a shortage of options. And of course, it wouldn't be "Harry Potter" without an evil villain wreaking havoc, nor heroes out to save the day. 

Judging by all the intel out so far, Feb. 10, 2023 will be a very special day indeed for "Hogwarts Legacy" hopefuls.