Many Harry Potter fans are excited for Hogwarts Legacy. Despite years of games based on the franchise, none of them have been able to fulfill the dream of having the experience of being a true wizard within Harry Potter’s world. As their characters attend the legendary school of witchcraft and wizardry, many fans see Hogwarts Legacy as a chance to live out their wildest dreams.
Many fans are worried they’ll have to wait until 2023 because Hogwarts Legacy is rumored to release after Fantastic Beasts 5. However, a more reasonable and likely release time is in the second half of 2022. In addition to taking advantage of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’s post-release buzz, this would provide Hogwarts Legacy plenty of time to catch up with Harry Potter’s popularity during that time of year.
Hogwarts Legacy could find itself in a great position if it waits until September or October of 2022 to release; that would put it during the busiest season for video games. There is a lot to look forward to before the holiday season with major titles releasing this time of year, with November being an ideal time for people who enjoy playing something new. The fall time of year in the northern hemisphere is also a great time for Harry Potter fans to relive their childhood memories.
Often, release dates aren’t arbitrarily chosen, and game developers need to make money regardless of how artistic games are. Although Hogwarts Legacy will not be using Unreal Engine 5, it still looks ambitious and should strive for the best performance in the market combined with longevity. Having a strong autumn release date is a good way to achieve both goals.
Rachel Wakley, Warner Bros. general manager, made some open-ended comments to the press regarding the release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in April and a release date for Hogwarts Legacy following that. Although the statement doesn’t give an exact release date, previous updates suggested that 2022 is the new target release date. This doesn’t mean we won’t have another delay as the pandemic has taken its toll on every industry, but it seems likely fans won’t need to wait much longer than a year.
As with anything exciting, waiting for a long period of time can be a real test of patience. Therefore, we look forward to hearing the release date as soon as possible. If a decision were to be made once again regarding Hogwarts Legacy it would seem sensible to come sooner than later since the original delay occurred in January. Although it might not be a negative thing, taking so much time and effort to create a game would mean that fans would have to wait until next fall to explore Hogwarts for themselves.
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