Game news Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy – the world of Harry Potter as you’ve never seen it before!
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Only one day left to wait before starting your old-fashioned sorcerer’s apprenticeship course! Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy lands tomorrow on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. An action-adventure RPG that promises to surprise Harry Potter fans with a clever cocktail of nostalgia and renewal. Evidenced by the places or the characters you will meet during your adventure, some pets… while being redesigned!
Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy offers us an extraordinary opportunity: that of making us live an unknown period in the history of Hogwarts, joystick (or keyboard) in hand. The plot of the game thus takes place at the end of the 1800s, nearly 100 years before the first return of Harry Potter and his friends to the famous school of wizards. But if the change of scenery promises to be there, players from all over the world, and in particular “Potterheads”, will not be sailing completely in unknown territory. The huge open world of the title is full of places from the universe of the wizard with the scar ; environments whose developers and artists from Avalanche Software give us their own interpretation, while respecting the codes of the “Wizarding World”!
Hogwarts like the first day…
Hogwarts Castle is obviously on the list of places you can visit as you see fit, or almost, in Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy! From its tableaux vivants, to its huge luminous stained glass windows, to its millennium-old Gothic foundations (because yes, Hogwarts was built in the tenth century !)… The lair of magic can be discovered in a thousand and one ways, through sets modeled down to the last detail.
As with every return to Hogwarts, your training will begin in particular in the legendary Big room, for the Director’s Welcome Speech and the Sorting Hat Ceremony! Inspired by the dining room of Christ Church College in Oxford in the Harry Potter films, the gigantic room offers a new face here, although it retains its floating candles and long dining tables which are so characteristic of him.
But there’s no question of strolling around the Great Hall all day, other rooms are just waiting for you, starting with the Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw common rooms. Each one benefiting from its own style and architecture, these rooms will bring back fond memories because, as with Harry Potter, it is in these warm spaces that you can maintain your relationships with the other residents, or revise your spells.
First introduced in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the Room of Requirement also plays a central role in the game world. In this freely customizable place, you can, among other things, concoct potions, grow your plants and improve your equipment. Artists at Avalanche Software have made it a most welcoming space, with the latter sporting a bright aesthetic due to the presence of a huge canopy on the ceiling.
…and beyond !
However, your playground is not limited to the corridors of Hogwarts. Avalanche Software has created an entire open world around the college that you can freely explore on your broomstick or on the back of fantastic animals. Sorcerer’s apprentices will for example have the opportunity to go to Hogsmeade to take your mind off things – but also to complete a terrifying quest, Hogsmeade Haunted Shop, exclusive to PlayStation consoles. You will of course find its old buildings with pointed frames, but something new: unlike the films which present it mainly under the snow, the game allows you to discover the village during the four seasons. A real breath of fresh air!
Another emblematic place of the Harry Potter saga to be present: the forbidden forest. And as in the books and films of the saga, venture there at your own risk! Centaurs, black mages and terrifying creatures await you there, starting with giant spiders, which suggests that the ravenous Aragog wasn’t the first Acromentula to call the Cursed Wood home! It remains to be seen if you belong to the category of person who will face them with a magic wand, or if, like Ron Weasley, you will decamp at the slightest mandible seen.
Meet the ancestors
In addition to your Potion and Defense Against the Dark Arts classes, Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy also allows you to meet characters with familiar names. Among them is a certain Phineas Nigellus Black. A distant relative of Sirius Black? Absolutely ! It is neither more nor less than the great-great-grandfather of the godfather of Harry Potter, who here holds the position of director of Hogwarts. If his name means nothing to you, you have however already seen him briefly in the films since he appears as an animated portrait in Dumbledore’s office. That being said, as explained by actor Simon Pegg who lends his voice to the character in VO, he is one of the least appreciated directors of Hogwarts. And you will quickly discover why during your magical epic!
Unlike Phineas Nigellus Black for whom teaching is openly secondary, you can count on the support of the Transfiguration teacher Mathilda Weasley, ancestor of Ron and Deputy Headmistress of Hogwarts in 1890, to become the most powerful witch or wizard. This new character, imagined by the developers of Avalanche Software, is indeed the person which introduces you to the Room of Requirement, in addition to introducing you to the basics of gameplay.
As any knowledgeable Potterhead knows, Hogwarts would also be nothing without its goofy ghosts that roam the halls of the castle. And this was already the case in the 19th century! Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington says Nearly Headless Nick, is making its big comeback and will not fail to “haunt” the students of the school in its own way. But if there’s one specter you need to dread, it’s Peeves, the poltergeist. Mentioned in the Harry Potter books, this ghost takes pleasure in playing tricks on the school’s residents and teachers.
If the Sorting Hat sends you to Gryffindor, you will also be able to cross the Fat Lady of the painting, at the entrance to the Common Room. A word of advice, be nice and friendly with her, at the risk of staying on the doorstep all night!
The world of Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy is finally full of fantastic animals to tame or face in epic battles. Pure-hearted students will be able to move around the campus and around Hogwarts, for example. riding a Hippogriff, or even Thestral if you opted for the Deluxe version of the game (which also includes Dark Mage cosmetics, and the Dark Mage Battle Arena to follow in Voldemort’s footsteps).
You will understand: the content of Hogwarts Legacy: Hogwarts Legacy regularly echoes the Harry Potter universe. It does not fall into simple copy / paste, however, managing to offer a most exotic experience, via a plot and new characters, a singular artistic direction and a gameplay with the depth never reached in a Harry Potter game. So book your place on the Hogwarts Express now!
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