[BLOG] It feels right to be wrong about Hogwarts Legacy

Hey there folks, wizards, witches, and other significant beings that should be addressed here. Sony and Portkey Games have finally revealed what’s coming, and it did not disappoint! Because guess what, even my muggle wife – a huge fan of the Harry Potter franchise – didn’t keep it dry <wink wink>. This Hogwarts Legacy gameplay trailer was pretty damn magical, if I may say so. It made my wand go “Erecto!” if you know what I mean…

Anyway, remember how we wrote about how awesome it could be walking around in a Harry Potter-inspired world? How sweet it would be to do all the fudge you and your sick brain want to? Or how we made it clear that the project was way too ambitious for the date set by the modest-sized game studio Portkey Games? Well, scrap all that! I was wrong and Patrick didn’t know either, but damn son! How wrong were we on this one. It looked better than I could ver have anticipated. Of course, this is a gameplay trailer, and we have seen millions of those before. And plenty of those games then failed to live up to them. But I am not here to call names…

Nope…
Not gonna happen…
*makes coughing noise*
Ahumcyberpunk

So yeah…

The truth is, if this is the end product as it is, it could be improved. But then again, it is so cool as is! What? You missed it? Well, alright… Here’s a summary for all you Weasleys who’ve been finicking with their second-hand robes when greatness was happening right in front of your noses.

You can literally go to school. But not the boring kind of school. Hogwarts is the kind of school where you can learn to cast spells, craft potions, wave your wand, hold the other wand <more wink wink>. Be a girl or boy. Fly your broomstick and play the bally flying game with the hummingbird ball thingy. Find beast, tame beast, and then fly those beasts. Make friends, explore the world and make the friends a companion each of them with their own story to tell. A back/side quest story for companions is an in-game depth that I’ve missed for the last 20 years or so. So if it is any good and goes quite deep <another wink wink> I’m sure it will cause an improvement on the general relationship with said companion. Make of that what you will. The only thing missing was the trans or gender fluid option.

So, on to the graphics of this upcoming magic dream. Besides a few little texture fails during the snow and rain, which could be fixed in time, it looked quite promising. The framerate was smooth, the fight scene looked promising. It kinda gave me a “KOTOR-y” vibe. As you can read in an earlier post of mine, to say that that means something quite significant. Sure, it’s still kids waving around their rigid piece of wood while screeching Latin mumbo-jumbo at each other, but still. There ain’t a guy out there who hasn’t enjoyed doing that in his teens. Apart from the Latin, perhaps.

And the Latin makes sense if you think about it. Hogwarts Legacy takes place about 100 years prior to the whole Harry Potter storyline. This also means you won’t recognize any professor or buddy from the movies, although if you are familiar with the Fantastic Beasts spin-offs, you might be in for a surprising heckle or two. The mountain goblin dwarf thingy guys are angry because, well, who the hell knows… and evil dark magic is making things worse. But I guess that’s why they call it evil dark magic. Duh… Dark wizards form strange alliances with said dwarfish people creatures, who make your world a lot harder. The evilness also spreads to creatures, so they tend to attack lonely you with your magic stick, trying to fend them off.

Hogwarts Legacy screenshot

But maybe, if you’re lucky, one or two of your companions will enter the scene to “Leviosa” the pressure. Or is it pronounced “Leviosaaaaaaaah…”? Hogwarts might teach you neat tricks, but it’s the friends you make that can give you secret spells that your teachers may frown upon. That said, it’s unclear to me whether you can use dark magic against dark magic or if you are able to “slytherin” with the dark magic guys and gnomes altogether. Only time will tell.

This State of Play came at a great time since we at Instakilled didn’t believe the game to be this far along as the trailer showed us. We were honestly fearing another delay on a great game. Sometimes it’s good to be wrong, so please, Portkey Games, come on and prove us wrong about the “we’ve seen these tricks before” part. Then again, they’re off to a good start. The fact that they finished this in such a short amount of time cannot be explained by anything else but magic. And the best news of all… Hogwarts Legacy is still scheduled for late 2022. So you can “Deletrius” that 2023 delay thingy we’ve talked about.