Hogwarts Legacy is a highly anticipated action role-playing game that takes players on a journey through the wizarding world of Hogwarts. With a wide range of features, including multiple endings and the ability to choose your house and cast spells, the game has received a lot of attention from Harry Potter fans and gamers alike. In this article, we’ll take a look at ten things you need to know before playing Hogwarts Legacy, so that you can make the most of your time in the game.
- Release Dates
Hogwarts Legacy has different release dates depending on which platform you plan on playing on. For current gen consoles, such as the PS5, Xbox Series consoles, and PC, the game launches on February 10th, 2023. If you’re still on last gen, or if you can’t find a PS5, then the release date for the PS4 and Xbox One is April 4th, 2023. The Nintendo Switch version launches a few months later on July 25th, 2023.
- Choices Affect the Outcome
One of the key features of Hogwarts Legacy is that your choices in the game will affect the outcome. While there isn’t a moral system that punishes you for using dark spells, your actions will still have an impact on what happens at the end. The game has multiple endings, and choosing different houses and helping certain NPCs using the companion system will change the outcome of the game. This also means that the game has great replayability, as you can go back and experience different endings.
- Length of the Game
The game is currently set at about 35 hours if you just play the main story, and if you complete all the side quest missions, the game will last about 70 hours. With multiple endings and the ability to start new save files, the game has a lot of content to keep you entertained for hours on end.
- The Three Unforgivable Curses
In the world of Harry Potter, the three unforgivable curses are Avada Kedavra, Imperius, and Crucio. These spells are so powerful and dark that using them results in a life sentence in Azkaban. In Hogwarts Legacy, you can learn these curses, and Avada Kedavra is a one-hit kill, regardless of the level of the enemy. However, it is important to note that while you can use these spells as much as you want in the game, you won’t be able to use them until late in the game, as they are unlocked through a specific side quest.
- Dark Arts Battle Arena
If you buy the Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy, you will have access to the Dark Arts Battle Arena, which allows you to use the three unforgivable curses early in the game. This game mode lets you test out these dark spells before you unlock them in the main game. There are also other battle arenas in the game, two of which are available to everyone, regardless of whether or not you have purchased the Deluxe Edition.
- Companion System
The companion system in Hogwarts Legacy allows you to make friends with NPCs in the game and complete quests with them. These companions will follow you around and help you throughout the game, and your actions with them will affect the outcome of the game. This feature adds another layer of depth to the game, allowing you to form relationships and make decisions that will have a lasting impact.
- Multiple Save Files
Hogwarts Legacy has confirmed that there will be multiple save files in the game. This means that you won’t have to do everything on one save file, which would be a huge relief for players who want to experience different playstyles and make different choices in their gameplay. With multiple save files, you can have one save file dedicated to your adventurous playstyle, one save file focused on your academic pursuits, and another save file focused on your relationships with characters in the game. This feature allows for multiple playthroughs and an increased level of replayability.