Warner Bros Games officially unveiled a new cinematic trailer that shows the scope and scale of Hogwarts Legacy while teasing the immersive potential of making the wizarding world so magical.
The trailer is unique because it’s a perfect example of showing and not telling. After all, we see the owl carrying an iconic Hogwarts acceptance letter while hearing the iconic John Williams series theme play out. And then the easter eggs take over from there. We are treated to a glide through the campus of Hogwarts and see young wizards practicing spells, which foreshadows the creativity and variety of player choices. See for yourself in the trailer below.
Hogwarts Legacy Cinematic Trailer
Create Your Wizarding Journey and Story
On top of the Easter Eggs, we get some major story progression. Name drops of Professor Weasley and Nearly Headless Nick are timely placed as a nod to the lore and overarching thread of the Harry Potter franchise. Then the trailer takes a turn and teases a morality system while introducing the player to future enemies by showing a dark wizard uttering the patent killing curse “Avada Kedavra, along with a dragon and giant spiders in the forbidden forest. It’s a clever nod to allure the viewer and, most importantly, the player that this is your narrative and you can pick your allegiance through choice and decision.
It’s no secret that a trip back to Hogwarts and the realm of Wizards is an escape that gamers and fans of the Harry Potter franchise alike have been waiting a long time. The first central selling point was showing the common rooms and their secrets. For example, having the choice to be either Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw without the constraints of setting up a future legacy or tying back to the films was quite genius the behalf of WB Games and Avalanche Software. The fact that gamers could only explore Hogwarts and live out their wizard fantasies was the Lego Games from Traveler Tales, and they were great but lacked substance.
In addition to being able to forge your own story, and in this legacy, it’s clear to notice similarities between Hogwarts Legacy and Bioware’s: Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic, and even, to an extent Firaxis Games and 2K Marvel’s Midnight Suns; both titles encouraging full customization, and the ability of choice to explore, which allows the player to assimilate into the fictional sandboxes that feel larger than life, and more hands-on than the films or other aspects of media about the brand and IP.
From everything seen and shown, Hogwarts Legacy feels like it’s shaping up to be memorable while solidifying the main factor and selling point that this is your story. Essentially relaying the world of Harry Potter is your playground, and add in the graphics of this current console gen with PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. It’s like a dream come true; now I only have one question when will my Hogwarts acceptance letter arrive?
About Hogwarts Legacy
Initial Release Date: February 10, 2023, on Playstation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC
Other Release Dates: April 4, 2023, on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One | Nintendo Switch on July 25, 2023.
Platforms: PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Genres: Open world, Entertainment, Narrative
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Mode: Single-player video game
Composer: Alexander Horowitz
Developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games under the Portkey Games label, Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, action, open-world role-playing game set in the 1800’s wizarding world. Beginning as a fifth year, players will embark on a journey through new and familiar locations, explore and discover magical beasts, craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents and customize their character to become the witch or wizard they want to be.
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