With a second significant delay, although not as long, the Harry Potter game will be delayed until next year.
The highly anticipated Harry Potter game, Hogwarts Legacy, has been delayed to February 10, 2023, with a new release date. It will be for PC, PlayStation and Xbox, with a Switch release on a “to be announced” date. This is the second time the open-world action RPG set in the 1800s in the wizarding world of Harry Potter has been delayed, first from 2021 to 2022(opens in new tab), then set for a 2022 holiday release, and now slipping to the first quarter of 2023.
“The team is excited for you to play, but we need a little more time to deliver the best possible gaming experience,” reads a statement posted on Hogwarts Legacy’s Twitter.
Hogwarts Legacy will launch on February 10, 2023 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. The Nintendo Switch launch date will be revealed soon. The team is excited for you to play, but we need a little more time to deliver the best possible game experience. pic.twitter.com/zh0EsOvDb7
— Hogwarts Legacy (@HogwartsLegacy) August 12, 2022
A second announcement, delivered by Avalanche Software Community Manager Chandler Wood, was also posted to Twitter. “You may be disappointed that the game has been pushed back from 2022,” Wood said, “We’re excited to finally give you a release date you can look forward to.”
A message from Avalanche Software. pic.twitter.com/7MnIJ2p9wO
— WB Games Avalanche (@AvalancheWB) August 12, 2022
Hogwarts Legacy has had a long and eventful development history. Publicly, it began in 2018 when a leaked video hinted that a game called Harry Potter Magic Awakened was developing at WB’s Avalanche studio. Things actually went a little ‘wild’ a few years later. While Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was still tweeting some fairly overtly transphobic views in 2020, the developers of Hogwarts Legacy were fighting to have a trans-inclusive character creator in the RPG. The studio also fought a PR battle over Troy Leavitt, a producer who had previously posted anti-social videos on YouTube. Troy Leavitt later resigned.