A Gigantic Nintendo Switch Game Has Been Delayed, Again

Hogwarts Legacy for Nintendo Switch has been delayed to November 14, well after its original date of July 25.

By Jason Collins | Updated

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Hogwarts Legacy, a game that just recently allows players to get rid of one terrifying creature, and made tiny changes that fans are loving, was delayed from Nintendo Switch once again. The new Harry Potter game is due to launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 14. Avalanche Software, the game’s developer, stated that the team needs more time to create the best possible experience for the fans.

According to VGC, Hogwarts Legacy was supposed to drop on July 25 following a series of delays, but the game won’t actually be released until November 14. Avalanche Software has thanked the Nintendo Switch players for their patience regarding the matter and is working diligently to bring the best possible experience to Harry Potter-loving Switch gamers. We rarely miss an opportunity to say that “delays are the norm now,” but Nintendo Switch releases tend to arrive later due to Nintendo’s stringent quality control—which is ultimately a good thing.

Of course, there are those who, following the fiasco with Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s technical issues for which Nintendo gave out refunds, have some serious doubts about the game’s performance on Switch’s dated hardware. We are talking about a very demanding gaming title running on a gaming handheld that hasn’t been updated significantly in seven years—and Nintendo has no plans for releasing new hardware any time soon. People have blamed the aged console for performance issues related to the aforementioned Pokemon titles.

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But that shouldn’t be the case with Hogwarts Legacy. Along with the latest patch—not a DLC, the game won’t receive any—which significantly improved the game, Hogwarts Legacy also launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, and gamers have had their fair share of doubts on how such a graphically demanding game would run on previous gen-hardware. However, Avalanche Software did a fantastic job of adapting the game for the eighth generation of video game consoles, proving all the Doubting Thomasses wrong.

Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version of Hogwarts Legacy are more than competent; the re-release on the older hardware has once again boosted the game’s sales. Hogwarts Legacy sold over 12 million copies of the game and generated some $850 million in the first two weeks following its February release—thus outperforming Elden Ring sales. But the PS4 and Xbox One release on May 5 added another 3 million copies to the sales count, with the game topping $1 billion in retail sales, thus making more money than Ant-Man 3.

But that doesn’t mean that Hogwarts Legacy would run great on Switch. The latest delay only attests to the difficulties of porting a resource-demanding title to the platform—as evident by the canceled Midnight Suns Switch version. However, gamers shouldn’t feel discouraged; both The Witcher 3 and NieR Automata ports work flawlessly on Twitch, so if Avalanche manages to optimize the game for Switch, it would be one of the handheld platform’s most impressive technical feats so far since Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most ambitious open-world games of the current hardware generation.