2022 will be full of game releases. But there are not many that I am looking forward to more than the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy, a new open world game set in the Harry Potter universe.
I am a Harry Potter fan. Not the most fanatical one that you’ll ever meet, but I am definitely looking forward to the release of Hogwarts Legacy.
I will not cosplay characters from the movies and will not wear merch. However watching each and every movie in the Christmas season is one of my holiday staples.
But when will it be released?
The short answer is: we don’t know.
The long answer.
Jason Kilar, the CEO of Warner Media posted on Twitter, that they have made it a priority to release their awaited games this year, including Hogwarts Legacy.
To narrow it down a bit more, on 8 April the new Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore will be released.
It is safe to assume, that they would time the release of Hogwarts Legacy after this date, to ride the new hype wave around the franchise.
2 May is the International Harry Potter day. However, we know that the game will not be tied to Potter’s story.
In fact, the plot of the game takes place in the laye 1800s, but still in Hogwarts.
So my and some others bet is on 1st September, since it is the Return to Hogwarts day in the fandom.
It is a bit far away, but I hope it is worth the wait. Harry Potter games are not famous for their high quality. However if done right, and WB puts actual effort into the production, it could turn out to be something truly amazing.
Why I think that Hogwarts Legacy could be a game changer, is exactly the fact that it is not tied to the Harry Potter saga.
As much as I love the story, let’s be honest. At this point making a new game with the iconic characters would be like beating a dead horse. Everything is done, everything was told.
But the universe of Harry Potter is a rich and very much untapped collection of great characters and stories.
We do know, that it will be an open world game with character customization. We know, that we will be able to pick a house, and that it will have a morality system.
So in my opinion there is a lot to look forward to, and hope that the execution will be worth the waiting.
How about you? Are you excited for Hogwarts Legacy? What other game are you looking forward in 2022?
Let me know in the comments!