Hogwarts Legacy is the latest game in the Harry Potter series that has been in development for a long time and is due for a February 10 release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. Warner Bros showed off a brand-new trailer for the game on GamesCom opening night and it has uncovered a few interesting insights into the game. Here is what you need to know.
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world RPG set in the Harry Potter universe. However, the game will give players the chance to fully immerse themselves in that universe during Victorian times, meaning they will get to visit Hogwarts and see what it was like way back in the 1800s.
The Gamescom trailer has made it clear that Hogwarts Legacy will have a much darker feel to it than previous Harry Potter titles. You will play as a Hogwarts student who has come upon a secret that could destroy the wizarding world and will have the opportunity to learn much darker spells such as the deadly “crucio” spell, the “unforgivable curse” spell, and you’ll also get to learn a lot more about the dark arts, which are usually reserved for House Slytherin.
Introducing much darker elements to the Harry Potter universe should offer a unique experience for fans of the series. The trailer, entitled Sebastian Sallow’s Dark Legacy, seems to indicate that there will be choices for players to take, meaning the dark arts will be available but not necessarily vital for success:
“Should you choose to befriend Slytherin student Sebastian Sallow, you will be faced with the decision to embrace or reject the Dark Arts as you uncover his family’s mystery through his companion quest line.
Will you choose to learn this dark magic?”
This seems to indicate that there will be some sort of ethics engine involved in the game that will record your choices and then adapt how the game world responds to the character you become. This is another really interesting element to add to the Harry Potter universe.
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