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Hogwarts Legacy – Writing for the Wizarding World in the 1800s

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Hogwarts Legacy – Writing for the Wizarding World in the 1800s

Avalanche is contributing new content to the beloved Wizarding World franchise.

Sometimes I stop to appreciate the surreal nature of my story meetings. “How should this character’s voice change when they drink Polyjuice?” “How long do house-elves live?” “Are Graphorns omnivores?” These are the types of questions that drive us toward authenticity, and the types of questions you only think to ask when you have steeped yourself in the lore.  

Developing Hogwarts Legacy at Avalanche is a team endeavor. Every department understands that immersive storytelling works best when it is woven throughout the DNA of the project. What’s more, we take seriously the responsibility of contributing new content to the beloved Wizarding World franchise. 

The Portkey Games label gave us a unique opportunity to return to Hogwarts during a different era. We are always asking ourselves how we can draw from the rich library of characters, creatures, and themes – and imagine how those details would influence the school more than a century before Harry Potter’s arrival. Who was the headmaster? What challenges did students face?  What influenced their society before Tom Riddle, before Newt Scamander? I like to say that what we are giving fans is something familiar in a way they have never seen. 

We embrace what we know and challenge ourselves to expand upon it. Nearly Headless Nick would have been floating around, loyal and cheerful as ever. The Forbidden Forest was still forbidden and home to centaurs not likely keen on human interaction. Goblins were around, but this lot certainly didn’t work at Gringotts. The village of Hogsmeade was there, and an Ollivander has been making wands since 382 B.C. Often, the difficult task is choosing which details we aren’t going to explore.  

This is an exciting time to develop immersive experiences – the new opportunities provided by the PS5 are literal game-changers. With innovative high definition graphics, a player can practically feel the terror of Inferi bearing down upon them, sense the ground rumbling beneath them as a herd of angry centaurs surrounds them. Even dueling against a deadly dark witch takes on a new level of realism thanks to the controller’s ability to imbue sound and touch into every moment.  

When the first book came out, I became an instant fan. I see each day the multi-generational appeal these stories have earned. I am so proud to be a part of this amazing journey and very grateful that we can finally share the excitement with the world.  This is a labor of love, and the real magic comes from the dedication and imagination of a team who wants nothing less than to make this an authentic and compelling Wizarding World game. 

Hogwarts Legacy – Writing for the Wizarding World in the 1800s

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  • I have no respect for you.

  • You don’t know how long I’ve waited for the official announcement of this game. I’ll be honest, I cried a little from being so happy

  • Sirius Black joke about waiting goes here. I am so stoked for this game.

    • “I did my waiting! Twelve years of it! In Azkaban!” -Sirius Black

      “I did my waiting! Twelve years of it! And now it’s coming next year!” -Kasaix

  • we finally got a glimpse and I’m stoked!!

    • Absolutely happy for the announcement! And I’m definitely pre-ordering whenever that happens. I rarely do this, but I have high hopes, so don’t disappoint us haha :P

      Also, don’t listen to the people whining about the author’s freedom of speech. If you don’t like her, don’t buy her stuff, period. Don’t feel like she owes you anything, because she doesn’t.

  • The game looks great, but I still have no clue what type of game it is.

    RPG? Adventure? Strategy? Visual Novel? GAAS? MMO?

    • Think of a World Of Warcraft scale MMORPG in the world of Harry Potter and you’re headed the right direction 😁

    • Not an MMORPG though. According to WB Games’ site, it’s an immersive open world action-RPG. So I’m guessing it’s a singleplayer game, or at least that’s what I’m hoping!

    • @bjorn_hendrickx — Hoping that too! Nothing pisses me more off in games than learning that something I was interested in has or is a multiplayer game. I’m playing games because I want to experience a story, go on a journey, and whatever else takes me away from the stupid “real life”… But multiplayer games are just repetitive pieces of garbage. Boring… I really don’t get what’s so appealing about Fall Guys, LoL, Overwatch, or whatever else your multiplayer game is called…

  • Someone at Sony seems to have confused Avalanche Software (makers of this game) with Avalanche Studios (makers of the Just Cause series). Adrian Ropp’s name has the wrong studio’s icon next to it!

  • Super excited! Just really wish it would have a multiplayer mode so I can play with my friends!

  • This is simply amazing, can’t wait to hear more about how the game works and see some gameplay.

  • This game looks amazing! It’s just a shame it’d support the author too.
    If buying this game didn’t mean supporting someone so dangerous and harmful, I’d be all over it! Huge congrats and apologies to the devs that worked hard on this.

    • Oh shut up. Jk didn’t do anything wrong. She’s just speaking out against crazy people

    • @nwheflley4 — Who and with which right does define what is crazy and what isn’t? Saying that someone is crazy just because they’ve feelings YOU don’t understand in your ignorance is a kinda Normie thing to say. But, well, for whatever reason the majority of people really want to be normies instead of being themselves. I mean, you normies all like the same games, the same movies, the same shows, the same people, have the same opinions… *yaaawn*. You guys are basically not even alive… Look, just because you’re boring and scared about things you don’t understand and want to be like everyone else, like a sheeple, doesn’t give you the right to call other people crazy, okay? :)

  • I am so excited for this game!

  • I really hope this game has a multiplayer (I really hope so). I’ve always imagined a game like The Elder Scrolls on a Harry Potter universe. I think it would be really cool if you could join other friends for quests and other stuff. This would also guarantee the longevity of the game. Looking forward to it!

  • Though I find the author’s views abhorrent, I think this looks very interesting.

  • I wanted a game like this for ages, can’t wait to see more! :)

  • lol these PC teens bashing on JK Rowling here. Lmao generation snowflake is trully doomed. You guys will never reproduce.

  • most awaited game. definitely buying this on ps5 and will be exploring hogwarts on 55” 4k tv.
    “you’re a wizard Harry!”

  • I’ve wanted more Harry Potter games since it all ended during the PS3 era. I wish you had gone anime style because even with next gen graphics, photo realistic characters look like creepy not-quite-humans. That was the problem with the PS3 Potter games. Creepy doppelgängers.

    No matter what, though, I will buy and play this game. 🎮🧙‍♂️

  • Please add multiplayer so we can battle other players in the world and play with with of Harry Potter. This will be amazing to have side quest and being able to fight random players and game of events similar to the movie. Also will there be options for us to make our own spells or buy some, I think a trade option of potions would be a good addition.

  • That looks awesome :)

  • So hyped for this game!!! My coworkers and I couldn’t be more stoked!

  • Can’t wait.. looking forward I really hope in a nice game…
    Really hope to finally play a new Harry Potter games made it well.
    For the JkR haters remember they are not working with her…
    So please enjoy the game or stop to submit hate comments on the game just for…

  • Hello guys
    I lovebooks so much, films are amazing too… And for about 6 years i want to join hogwarts by video game and finnally it is there
    Thanks guys and by the way please tell it will by playable on PlayStation 4, make sure to answer me😇

  • Hopefully people that don’t have internet will be able to play this

  • Avalanche is only borrowing the Harry Potter ip to tell a unique amazing story before harry potter in a open world of Hogwarts but jk rolling has no input on what’s being added or used in the game to hate the developers or not play a good game because you hate author even though she has nothing to do with this game is very shallow

  • It’s clear the team has actual love and respect for the universe, and that fills me with hope. I can’t wait to see actual gameplay. I mean, I’m hyped right now, and I’ll definitely pre-order day one, but I’m eager to see some gamplay.

  • My daughter is going to love this game!

  • I have been waiting for a very long time for this and I’m very excited it will come to us as a new game adventure soon!
    Please for the (bashing muggles out there), leave your sad comments to yourselves. If you don’t like this magical world or it’s very creative author, it’s easy, don’t buy the game. J.K.R is entitled to her opinions just like the rest of us.

  • Super Duper Excited ! Have great expectations from this game, so much fun… can’t wait! Will prepurchase.

  • I love the game trailer, it is so mysterious and exiting! I am looking forward to play the game as well. Good job! I actually don’t care about what J.K. Rowling said.

  • Regardless of your views on JK Rowling (her comments were disgusting) this game will have been in production since 2017 as gameplay footage leaked in 2018. Warner Bros. previously commented that “she is not directly involved in the game’s development”

    I think it’s unfair to push the blame on Avalanche as I am sure they they do not support her comments.

    The game however looks amazing and deserves to be recognised for the work the team has done as opposed to the views of one individual.

  • Wow! waited soo long for a new harry potter game!

    Can’t wait to play. Did they say current and next gen or just next?

    Just as a side note, I think J K is entitled to her opinion on any matter as are we all. Too many people jump on the band wagon and are quick to condemn someone for their personal views. Also, being famous does not mean that she has to forgo her own beliefs to become an advocate of yours…please grow up and move on. I see no direct hatefulness coming from her way…..but aimed toward her and anyone that tries to enjoy her works in any format….very sad.

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