Hogwarts Legacy Has Been Hit With A Crushing Delay
Hogwarts Legacy was one of the most anticipated titles of 2022, but now the game has been hit with a crushing delay pushing much further out.
Yet another game has been struck by a crushing delay, and fans of the Harry Potter franchise will have to wait a couple of weeks longer before they can get their hands on the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy. The game was previously scheduled for a Holiday 2022 release window but has been pushed to next year, as announced by the game’s publisher, Warner Bros., and its developer, Avalanche Software.
According to IGN, Warner Bros. and Avalanche Software have delayed the release of Hogwarts Legacy, a Harry Potter prequel set in the 1800s. Admittedly, the game didn’t have a specific release date; it was scheduled for a Holiday 2022 release window, which had the potential to coincide with the announced PlayStation 5 re-stock, which would undoubtedly cause an even greater stampede during Black Friday. No specific reason was given for the game’s delay — the team simply requires more time for the final polishing of the highly anticipated title.
It’s worth noting that the delay only affects the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC versions of Hogwarts Legacy. The Nintendo Switch version release date should be revealed soon but considering how Switch versions of multi-platform releases always launch a couple of months later, we doubt it’s going to arrive any time sooner than it would on other platforms. With that said, both the publisher and the developer of the game have revealed the official release date for the game, and those who are impatiently waiting for Hogwarts Legacy would have to wait until February 10, 2023.
Interestingly enough, the game was announced in January 2020, with initial plans to release Hogwarts Legacy on all major platforms in 2021. However, in January 2021, Warner Bros. announced that the game would be delayed for 2022, ensuring the game received “the time it needs.” The most recent delay echoes that sentiment as those behind this seemingly fantastic title are saying the game needs more time — once again.
As per our previous report, the narrative of Hogwarts Legacy is set in the Wizarding World during the 1800s, so a century or two before the events of the Harry Potter novels. The player’s character is a new witch or a wizard which isn’t enrolling in the school — through the Sorting Hat appears during character creation — but a fifth-year student at Hogwarts, where they learn advanced magic and go up against their rivals and dark wizard besetting Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The delay, though crushing, isn’t the only point of discussion surrounding Hogwarts Legacy. The announcement stirred up heated discussions over its connection to the franchise’s author, J.K. Rowling, who came under fire over her transphobic comments. The creatives responsible for Hogwarts Legacy have stated that the author isn’t directly involved with the game, though she’s entitled to express her personal opinion. Various sources have since suggested that the game would allow for transgender character creation.
Hogwarts Legacy is expected to launch on February 10, 2023, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC. The Nintendo Switch version of the game, though announced, still hasn’t received an official release date.