The new episode of Sony’s PlayStation State of Play show showcases character customization as well as the variety of spells, missions and locations to discover in Hogwarts Legacy.
Wielder of powerful ancient magic and compatible with Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin houses, a new fifth-year student at Hogwarts in the 1800s will be led to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. Throughout the adventure, players will develop their character’s abilities by mastering powerful spells, brewing potions, and harvesting magical plants while facing deadly enemies. Along the way, they will meet new friends who can accompany them, can interact with professors and will have to face dangers that could jeopardize the future of wizards.
Couldn’t get enough Hogwarts Legacy in our reveal? Don’t miss our follow-up on the PlayStation Blog: https://t.co/xh1m1KLhJ3
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- Alan Tew, game director : “Magic is everywhere in the wizarding world, and the mischievous nature and reality of the rules that govern it may well be the source of a dark and unexpected mystery that will test all the resources of those who cross its path. road. But it’s equally important to allow players to experience a host of memorable moments, big and small, that fans have grown up with and know inside out: participating in the Sorting ceremony in the Great Hall , explore the secret rooms hidden within the walls of Hogwarts and pretend to be someone else using Polyjuice Potion; or even protecting innocent people from a fearsome troll, dodging the flames of a spiked Magyar and slicing through the air on the back of a hippogriff (…) We wanted to offer players new places to discover, show them what lies around and beyond the Black Lake, may they encounter the witches and wizards whose houses dot the landscape beyond Hogsmeade and discover what still-unspoilt secrets Hogwarts holds or is scattered across the Highlands. We had to choose countless times between the universe and the gameplay, and sometimes even between the differences that exist between each film and the novel from which it is based. We wanted to bring a fresh take on the wizarding world to gamers and we prioritized the gameplay experience over fidelity to the books or movies; but to describe our work in this way is a far cry from reflecting how much attention we have taken, down to the smallest detail, to preserving authenticity and ensuring that players instantly recognize every reference (…) We had the opportunity to tell a multitude of stories in the wizarding world. One of them stood out. Many Harry Potter fans once imagined what it would feel like to receive their letter, nervously awaiting the Sorting Hat’s decision, and pushing the doors into the classrooms of Hogwarts. Above all, we wanted to allow fans to finally write their story, in their own way, within the most beloved school of wizardry in the world. Only an action-RPG in the open world could allow us to realize all our desires. Your story deserves to be as thrilling as that of the other heroes of this world. If you start as a fifth year, it is so that you are completely free to choose your adventures and the themes you want to explore. If you find yourself in the 1800s, it’s so that no other heroes come to eclipse your legend. And if we created a whole new storyline, it’s so that the conflict that torments you will never leave you with a feeling of deja vu.“
- Boston Madsen, Head of Environments: “We created the Hogwarts that we, as fans, dreamed of exploring. I think anyone who has read the books, whether they are artists or not, has formed their own image of Hogwarts. There are of course must-see places, such as the Great Hall, the clock tower or the infirmary, but you will also discover brand new places, such as the kitchens, which are constantly bustling with activity. I felt like a student myself during the development of the game, and I can tell you that I still happen to come across places that I didn’t know existed.“
- Moira Squier, screenwriter: “Like Harry before them, players will experience the feeling of arriving at a new school of sorcery where they know no one. And, like Harry, the character they embody has a small notoriety from the beginning due to the fact that he begins his schooling in fifth year and that he survived… After having glimpsed the extent of a magic kept secret by the wizarding world, even in the eyes of their peers, Rannrok sought out this awesome power. His view of the world is corrupted by his hatred of wizards, which makes his alliance with Victor particularly fragile. Once Rannrok gets his hands on what he desires, nothing and no one can stop him and the wizarding world will be doomed.“