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Hogwarts Legacy for Xbox Series X and PC: Gameplay and everything you need to know

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The Wizard World will get a huge expansion with Hogwarts Legacy, taking Harry Potter fans back to the iconic school during the 1800s. This RPG has been in development for some time, if the rumors are to be believed, and could give some of the best Xbox games a run for their money when it releases. We've compiled everything we know about it, including its story, what the gameplay will be like, and when we can actually get our hands on it.

What is Hogwarts Legacy?

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world RPG developed by Avalanche Software, the studio behind Disney Infinity — not to be confused with Avalanche Studios, the developer of Just Cause and Mad Max. Two entirely separate companies.

In Hogwarts Legacy, players will be able to create their own character and even be sorted into a House, becoming the center of their own adventure. Everything a normal Hogwarts student would do, you'll be doing too; going to classes, learning spells, etc. But there's a larger threat that looms on the horizon that you'll eventually come to face.

Hogwarts Legacy Story

Hogwarts Legacy Statue

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Because Hogwarts Legacy is set in the late 1800s, we won't be seeing many of the familiar faces we've come to know from the books (except maybe Dumbledore, who was born in 1881). Despite it being set in the Wizarding World universe, it will feature an entirely original story as players "embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world."

Your playable character is apparently able to perceive and master Ancient Magic, an unusual trait that plays a big role in some of the decisions that you'll be forced to make in the game. Warner Bros. teases that your character holds the key to a secret that "threatens to tear the wizarding world apart."

Hogwarts Legacy Gameplay

Hogwarts Legacy Potion Brewing

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As an open-world RPG, Hogwarts Legacy allows players to step into a witch or wizard's shoes going to the famous school. It's here that players will go to classes, brew potions, master spells, hone combat skills, and more. You'll even be able to tame fantastic beasts, and it looks like we got a glimpse at one in its short reveal trailer.

We haven't seen actual gameplay yet, so it remains a mystery what exactly it will look like, but the trailer seems to indicate that it will be in third-person. Some of its playable locations include the castle grounds, Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade, and new areas we've yet to learn the names of.

Hogwarts Legacy Xbox and PC performance

We don't know what the frame rate or resolution will look like yet, so any guesses on our part are merely speculation. That said, given the tech inside the new Xbox consoles, I can imagine Hogwarts Legacy will probably run at 4K60FPS, or at the very least allow players to choose between performance and resolution modes.

Hogwarts Legacy Release date and platforms

Hogwarts Legacy Magical Creature

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Hogwarts Legacy will be available on current-gen and last-gen hardware including Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC. Though it was originally intended to release this year, Warner Bros. announced that it has been delayed until sometime in 2022.

If you're more interested in the game for Sony's console, our colleagues over at Android Central have also rounded up everything you need to know about Hogwarts Legacy on PS5.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.

  • I just waited the entire trailer for the narrator to start talking like yoda. Was the only thing that i could think of when he was talking.
  • I'm kind of getting Fable vibes from this. I really do hope it's good! It has a lot of potential.