You probably didn’t miss the nearly 15-minute trailer revealing in more depth the universe and gameplay of the game Hogwarts Legacy, the next video game opus in the Harry Potter saga. After a trailer convincing and rather enticing, the developers of Avalanche Software publish an FAQ on what to expect.
Questions ? Here are the answers !
This Thursday, March 17, the Avalanche Software teams were honored through a Sony – State of Play which was entirely dedicated to them. Or at least, dedicated to their next game, the long-awaited Hogwarts Legacy. Since his announcement, at the end of 2021, this is the first time that gameplay sequences have been shown publicly. The opportunity to come back to what has been broadcast and what we can expect from it, based on the official FAQ of the game.
- The context in which we operate
Hogwarts Legacy is a completely new and original adventure, specially designed for the game. Although the developers at Avalanche Software have obtained the approval of JK Rowling, the author to whom we owe the creation of the world of Harry Potter , the latter is in no way involved in the scenario of the game.
This one will allow you to explore the famous school of witchcraft and magic known as Hogwarts (Hogwarts, in original version). You will embody a sorcerer’s apprentice accepted late in life, in the 5th year of study precisely, evolving at the end of the 19th century. If the FAQ evokes the discovery of a “hidden truth” of the wizarding world, the latest trailer highlights a rebellion of goblins corrupted by dark magic.
Like works based on the Harry Potter universe, you will have to pass the hat test to determine your house. For the moment, we have no information on how this test will take place, which could be subject to several possibilities: leaving the player free to choose, determining a choice thanks to preliminary trials in the epilogue, leaving the Sorting Hat choose randomly according to your distribution of skills?
All paths are possible at the present time. Only certainty? The game will let you fully customize your character, first on the physical level, then morally since the FAQ indicates to offer players “missions and scenarios that will pose difficult choices and determine what they represent”. Between accessing the “Requirements Room” and taking part in the courses, your character will have several means of evolution.
Your avatar-sorcerer can therefore change over the course of the adventure and can even form strong friendships, to the point that classmates will be able to accompany you or help you progress. And that’s good, because beyond learning spells or potions, we are also promised flying broom races or riding creatures to explore the world. At this stage, there is no guarantee that it will be possible to participate in a Quidditch match.
- Features around the game
While the world depicted seems vast and filled with diverse and varied characters, the FAQ is very clear on one point: “Hogwarts Legacy is a single-player experience and has no online or cooperative gameplay.” An absence that is all the more regrettable as an internet connection is mandatory to be able to enjoy the game. One positive point, however: there will be no in-game purchases or micro-transactions.
A real solo experience, but which will not leave you feeling lonely since your avatar will be able to explore places on the edge of Hogwarts such as The Forbidden Forest or the village of Hogsmeade and will allow you to meet some famous characters such as the Centaurs , the wand maker Ollivander or the spirit of Nearly Headless Nick. Hogwarts Legacy being under the Wizarding World label, the extended universe of the franchise, the experience promises to be as faithful as possible to the wizarding world as we Muggles know it.
The first version of the game’s FAQ is available in entirety, and in French, on the dedicated page of the official Hogwarts Legacy game site. It will be updated as announcements are published. Last but not least, the game will be available at the very end of 2022, for the Christmas holidays. Something to delight your next New Year’s Eve, whether you are a PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or PC player.