One of the new titles unveiled at today's PlayStation 5 showcase is Hogwarts Legacy. Releasing sometime in 2021, the game will give players the opportunity to create their own characters and explore the school of Hogwarts as well as its surrounding areas.
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action RPG taking place in the world of Harry Potter in the late 1800s, putting it far away from the events of the Harry Potter books and the Magnificent Beasts movies. Although players can still expect to see some returning characters such as Nearly Headless Nick and Ollivander, who has been making wands since 382 BCE. Players take the role of a student who has gotten a late acceptance to Hogwarts who has the strange talent to perceive and use Ancient Magic.
It'll be up to players as to whether they'll protect this secret or yield to the siren call more sinister magic. Players will also have the opportunity to discover fantastic beasts, craft potions, master spells, and become the wizard they want to be.
On the PlayStation Blog, Adrian Ropp, the Head of Story at Avalance, spoke about the opportunity to add to the lore of the Wizarding World:
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.
Hogwarts Legacy is releasing for the PlayStation 5 sometime in 2021. It will also be releasing for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.