After years of developments and delays, we finally have a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming action role-playing video game that transports us back to the Wizarding World.

In this video, we’ll be talking about what we know, certain controversies around the game, what to expect, and when we’ll finally be able to play it.

What We Know So Far

Today, we know that Hogwarts Legacy, made by Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under Portkey Games, will be released this year. Hogwarts Legacy will be set in the late 1800s, and you’ll be playing a student in their fifth year at Hogwarts who holds the key to an “ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart.”

As for that ancient secret, we don’t know what exactly it is, but fans have a lot of speculations. What’s guaranteed, though, is that your character is in the middle of one of the best eras of the Wizarding World, with characters like Nearly Headless Nick, Peeves, and The Fat Lady, making appearances.

The potential for this game for deeper world-building, with new characters and groups introduced like Victor Rookwood and the Dark Wizards and Ragnarok, the leader of the Goblin Rebellion, is high.

With the way the plot is headed, the game will be an open-world single-player RPG with several difficulties and accessibility options. However, with the limitations of the plot that singles you out as the main character, multi-player doesn’t look like it’s going to be an option very soon.

Casting spells, brewing potions, mastering combat abilities, and developing your own special combat style will all be available for you to enjoy, though. A morality system, which factors in the potential for you to learn spells like Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse, is also an interesting aspect of the game.

Controversies and Stereotypes

Earlier this year, Troy Leavitt, the lead designer for Hogwarts Legacy, received widespread criticism for his YouTube videos titled “In Defense of John Lasseter” and “In Praise of Cultural Appropriation,” which eventually forced him to leave the company and delayed the development of the game.

After the first trailer was released in March, the game also received criticism for the insensitive incorporation of goblins and the anti-Semitic tropes that revolved around it. Add all of these to the problematic anti-trans comments and other sentiments posted by J.K. Rowling online, and there definitely are underlying issues.

What To Expect

With all the controversies aside, Hogwarts Legacy is expected to release within the third quarter of this year on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series.

Expect immersive magic, exploration, seamless authentic combat, and better interaction with NPCs. Because it’s a single-player open-world game, NPCs and storylines are what make or break games like this. For all the Wizards and Muggles waiting for this game, let’s hope for the best.

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Author: Carol