Hogwarts Legacy, the third person action adventure set in the Wizarding World (the universe surrounding the saga of Harry Potter), could be delayed a second time, this time until 2023. The information must be taken with a grain of salt as it comes neither from the publisher, Warner Bros. Games, nor from the development studio, Avalanche Software, but from a journalist with insider information.
The middle VGC has picked up the comment Colin Moriarty, podcast host Sacred Symbols, founder of Last Stand and video game writer, on the aforementioned show. When the podcast co-host talks about Hogwarts Legacy, the journalist notes: “I’ve heard behind the scenes that the game won’t come out this year and that [su desarrollo] is in some kind of trouble”.
We have only seen one video since September 2020
Warner Bros. Games and Avalanache Software announced Hogwarts Legacy in september 2020 during one of the PlayStation 5 launch events (the title will also come out for PC, PS4, Xbox Series and Xbox One). Although a release date was not specified, in January of last year they released a statement warning that the title It won’t hit stores until 2022.
“To create the best possible experience for all Wizarding World fans and players it is necessary on our part to give the game the time it needs,” they said at the time. Shortly thereafter we learned that within the Avalanche development team there had been tensions when working with this intellectual property by the transphobic comments of JK Rowling, the author of the books.
Developers would have pushed features like possibility to create a trans character as an avatar. The lead designer of the adventure, Troy Leavitt, left the studio after his personal YouTube channel came to light where he made essays anti-feminist and in support of GamerGate.
The last time Warner Bros. talked about the video game was last November. Rachel Wakely, gerente general de Warner Bros., said that there would be two big Wizarding World related releases in 2022. The first one is Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, which opens on April 15, 2022. Later, the video game at hand will come out.
“Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive game open world roleplaying set in the world created by the saga Harry Potter“, reads the official synopsis. “Now you can control the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the magical world. Embark on a journey to explore new and familiar places, discover fantastic animals, customize your character, brew potions, master spells, upgrade your talents, and become the wizard or witch you want to be.”