Hogwarts Legacy has released a description of one of the unforgivable curses, confirming that it will work slightly differently in the game.
Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming open-world Harry Potter action RPG, will change how the Imperio Unforgivable Curse works. This was revealed in the latest tweet from the game’s official Twitter account. When the game is released next year, it will feature various spells from the Harry Potter franchise. Those who choose to dabble in dark magic can even access the archetypal curses.
Harry Potter fans may well be familiar with the Unforgivable Curses, which are technically the vilest “arch-curses” in the universe.
These are essentially illegal spells used by witches and wizards against each other for nefarious purposes. The most famous of the Harry Potter franchise’s unforgivable curse is Avada Kedavra, also known as the “killer curse”. Anyone struck with it will immediately drop dead. Crucio, meanwhile, is essentially a spell used to torture people. Imperio, on the other hand, makes witches and wizards do whatever the user wants.
The description of Imperio, as it appears in the Hogwarts Legacy video game, is as “Temporarily forces enemies to fight as if they were your companion. While under your control, they take reduced damage from other enemies to prolong their allegiance to you. Also curses the victim – and cursed enemies take extra damage.” So in the game, Imperio essentially turns enemies into temporary allies in battle. It does not give the player direct control over the victim’s actions. Imperio may have multiple uses outside of combat. Those might be more in line with how it works in the books. But if that is the case, we have not yet been explained.
More information about Imperio and the other unforgivable curses as they appear in Hogwarts Legacy should come to light in the coming weeks and months, especially as we get closer to the game’s release.
It may be hard to believe, but the game’s release date is only three months away, so Harry Potter fans will soon be able to play the open-world action RPG for themselves.
The only exception to this is Nintendo Switch players. While PC, PlayStation, and Xbox players will be able to try the game in February, Switch players will have to wait a little longer. The official release date for the Nintendo Switch port of Hogwarts Legacy was not announced at the time of writing.
Hogwarts Legacy will be released on 10 February for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
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