Everything You Missed From Today’s Hogwarts Legacy State Of Play

Everything You Missed From Today’s Hogwarts Legacy State Of Play

Hogwarts Legacy looks like its set to be the most Open World Action Adventure RPG genre hot pot since the last one of those. It’s a game that’s lived with a lot drama since it was announced. Between JK Rowling’s garbage opinions on transgender people, outed alt-right staff on the design team, and even its own adoption of transgender characters, the game has struggled against the broader conversation surrounding its primary intellectual property.

Today, Sony’s Hogwarts Legacy State of Play opened the door to a 15 minute deep dive. It’s the first time the game has formally been put on display, and the team had a lot to talk about.

Also JK Rowling’s name didn’t come up once, which was nice.

Open World

The open world of Hogwarts Legacy includes the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, its grounds, its surrounding hills and mountains, and even the adjoining village of Hogsmeade. Between lessons and major quests, players can explore all of these areas at their leisure to uncover new quests, loot, collectibles, and more.

You can also hop on your broom and fly about to allow for faster, more exciting travel.

Action

A big part of the Hogwarts Legacy experience is becoming a witch or wizard, and all that that entails. Your character arrives at Hogwarts as a late enrollment, kicking off their magical education in Fifth Year. That seems like a real kick in the pants, given the inherent danger of the wizard curriculum, but it’s fine. The game is set in the 1800’s, presumably to avoid paying for likeness rights on the series’ most familiar characters. Indeed, the only familiar character who appears in the trailer at all is Nearly-Headless Nick, who appears to be a quest NPC.

As you move through the game, your character will accrue a roster of spells and combos through their lessons at school. These spells can be used for in-world puzzle solving as well as combat and stealth.

Adventure

The game will also allow players to explore the Hogwarts School interior, with all its moving passages and hidden rooms. You can visit rooms and locations from the novels and that films, like the Room of Requirement, Prefect’s Bathrooms, and the Hogwarts Kitchens, that have never been explorable before. Some have never even been depicted in any Harry Potter media outside the novels until now.

Hogwarts is said to be the anchor in the game’s world and design. It will therefore be the most complex and interesting locale in the game. Finding your way around, learning the shortcuts, getting used to the school’s shifting layout, and accessing new areas as your list of spells increases will be part of the broader gameplay loop.

RPG

The RPG facet of Hogwarts Legacy is all about playing your character. You can create your character from the ground up, in almost every way. Though the trailer makes no mention of special character classes, you can alter your witch or wizard’s appearance. Yes, as previously reported, transgender character options are technically available as a little rebuke to Rowling’s idiotic feelings on the matter. Will the game make that a clear choice in the character creation menu? We doubt it, but it’s nice to know you can create a trans character all the same.

You can also select your Hogwarts house and hang out in the relevant common room. The trailer doesn’t show it, but it wouldn’t surprise if the campaign has you sneaking into other common rooms for snooping purposes. It also seems as though your character can pick up some of the Unspeakable Curses, including the Avada Kedevra killing curse. What’s an RPG system without a little fluid morality attached?

There’s also tiered loot to pick up in the world and as quest rewards, all to aid in upgrading your character’s abilities. A talent tree lets you specialise their moveset even further.

The kitchen sink

But that’s not all Avalanche is putting in the game. They’re giving you a bit of everything! Quidditch! School classes! Morality! Duelling! Potions and herbs as Witcher-esque oils and buffs to aid in combat! Stealth sections! Dark Souls bosses! Beast hunting! Randomised loot chests! Recruitable companions! Crafting! Base building!

Yes, base building! Despite that fact that you live in a cool-ass wizard castle, you can build your own lakeside hut if you want. Why? Who knows!

It’s like they took every open world adventure game from the last decade, and laid all their individual components out on a table. After considering the spread, the design team shrugged and said “Hell with it, throw it all in.”

There are so many gameplay elements packed into this 14-minute trailer that one has to wonder how Avalanche is going to make it all mesh together cleanly. It’s one thing to be feature-rich. It’s another to have so much going on that it becomes an indistinct jumble of mechanics.

Mischief managed

And that’s it! That’s the full rundown on the Hogwarts Legacy State of Play. The game is set to launch Holiday 2022, so keep that October/November window open if you still consider yourself a Wizard fan.

Actually, that’s not a question to pass off to you, dear reader: after everything that’s happened to the brand in the last two years, are you still jazzed for a Harry Potter game? Are you able to separate Rowling’s stance from the work, or is all a wash for you? Curious for a breadth of opinion on this one. Sound off in the comments below.

If you’d like to watch the State of Play, you can at the embed above or just hit this link right here.

Comments

  • My partners extremely excited, she’s yet to play a proper next gen game on the PS5 and this is the one she’s been hanging for.
    (As somebody who isn’t a fan I’m keen to check it out too)

  • Game looks pretty cool, the scope of it is impressive for sure.
    Wonder how the combat will actually feel in hand. Seems almost like biotics from Mass Effect, in function. With the combos and many individual powers looking very similar to mass effect andromeda combat.

    Just had to get some JK Rowling bashing in there. How dare someone have an opinion in this day and age.
    Also, doesnt specifically calling out having a ‘trans’ character support explicitly imply they are ‘different’ and not just a man/woman they say they are? Otherwise its literally not a feature, its just a regular character creation.

    Definitely gonna give it a shot, but might pirate it as i dont like how they have distanced themselves and shat on JKR for her reasonable opinion. Both in a sociological way i dislike it and because distancing from the creator of the world you are working on seems to be a classic way of losing something about what made that world what it was.

    • I love how every time someone decides to defend bigotry they instead act like they’re defending people’s rights to have an opinion, almost like they know the actual thing they’re defending is actually indefensible so they have to abstract it in order to do so.

      “How dare someone have an opinion in this day and age.”
      Do you think everyone is out there angry at JK for having a bad take on the Snyder cut or something and not for, you know, hate speech?

      The only person here who has a problem with people having opinions is you, because you seem to think nobody is allowed to share their opinion on JK’s shitty views.

      • Its literally not hate speech.
        Did she say anything about trans people being bad people? That she hates them? Anything actually hateful or attacking?
        No, she didn’t.
        She expressed the very very valid idea that you simply are what you are born as.

        She didn’t say you can’t live your own private life how you want, she didnt say they are mentally ill, she didn’t say anything bad about them.
        Just put up a valid point and broached an important topic that is too often ignored or dismissed. That there are consequences to non trans people for trans people trying to push for everyone to adhere to their views of the world. (simple examples obviously being womens sport, bathrooms, ‘women’ safe spaces etc).

        You say im the one abstracting from the point. When that is the main method of getting anything done in ‘trans rights’, where there is no discussion its just attacking the person for ‘being hateful’ because they don’t agree instantly.

  • What “alt right” team members? Do you mean the producer, Troy Leavitt, who was actually responsible for educating the development team about trans staff and sensitivity? Because he’s a lefty, not “alt right”, he’s just not as left as insane American politics wants him to be and that’s more of an indication of having standards than anything else. Why the media keeps defaming this man because he criticised feminism (as many women also do when it worries about irrelevant crap instead of real problems we endure), I don’t know. Maybe don’t repeatedly drag him through the mud it since it’s of no relevance to the game development and an outright lie? JKR had said some idiotic things and those are relevant from an IP linking perspective, but this man has done nothing to anyone and doesn’t deserve these unending attacks over him not agreeing with an ideology that no one has any obligation to believe in, female or otherwise. You don’t need a label to stand up for any cause and I don’t support that precedent.

    As for the trailer itself, I do hope it has a photo mode, because even if the gameplay itself is lacklustre on launch, it does have some wonderful set and character design. For the gameplay, much like Pokemon Arceus, I don’t know if I’ve seen enough to be sold on the gameplay loop itself, but with the level of detail, it might be worth it just to check out for all of the little details they added in from the books. JKR not being involved in this in any capacity is a huge win in the quality department, since she’s butchered every single Harry Potter related thing she’s worked on since the seventh book. I look forward to more footage being released closer to launch and hope for an art book.

  • Looking pretty good.

    I appreciate the article containing statements that trigger transphobes, and wish them all a very dying mad about it, too. Always funny to watch people on the wrong side of history cry about the weather.

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