Today, Chandler Wood is back to guide us through some of Hogwarts Legacy’s most beautiful gameplay, along with guest community hosts Ben Snow and the Avalanche Team, Alan Tew and Mekenzey Toner, and Andrew Corum.
So, what do we have today?
Broom (and Hippogriff!)
Although the game may be called “Hogwarts Legacy,” this game goes beyond the castle itself. In fact, with a little help from a broom, you can fly across the outskirts of Hogwarts and visit other areas around the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Here, you’ll discover small villages and communities, giving you the chance to meet other wizards and wizards with their own stories and side quests.
In terms of flying, you’ll actually wield a broom, something any aspiring wizard or wizard would undoubtedly dream of. And throughout the game, you’ll be able to upgrade your broom during Hogsmeade visits.
Those who pre-order the Deluxe Edition of the game will also have access to a special Onyx Hippogriff, which allows you to fly in a completely different style. You’ll no doubt remember Harry’s eventful first outing with Buckbeak in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
There are different environments in the world as you fly around, such as swamps and fields. At one point, we were flying past an old country mill. You can even watch the seasons change. The snowy exterior in particular got us in the Christmas mood.
Deluxe Digital Access takes you to the Dark Arts arena
Hogwarts Legacy hosts a variety of battlefields to try out your swordsmanship, but those who pre-order a digital deluxe edition of the game will have access to an additional arena: the Dark Arts arena.
Along with two normal combat zones, this one carries a much darker aesthetic, and an excellent place to practice unforgivable curses, you might say…
In fact, you can see Avada Kedavra aged in this preview – and it should come as no surprise that Killing Curse instantly obliterated your opponent’s health bar.
But the magic you can cast in Hogwarts Legacy goes deeper than the spells we learned in the Harry Potter era. Ancient Magic can be performed during your battles, and it also deals a lot of damage. We can’t wait to find out more about her.
There are also certain potions or magical plants that you can brew or grow to add depth to your fighting techniques. For example, you can put out some Venemous Tentacular or Mandrakes if you want to live your best in a Professor Sprout battle.
room of requirements
It’s time to head to the Room of Requirement – the perfect space to brew stuff, grow stuff, and take care of monsters. And many, of course, will recognize this handy room from the Harry Potter books and movies – a room Harry loved to use very much.
And as a testament to the detail put into Hogwarts Legacy, eagle-eyed fans should spot a bust of Ignatia Wildsmith (inventor of Floo Powder!) en route.
Once you enter the room, you will be able to change the architectural design to make the place feel like your own. Tables, rugs, statues, signs on the ceilings… Your legacy is what you make it, and that also applies to the Room of Requirement.
Once you’ve got the hang of redesigning (we wouldn’t blame you if it took a while!) you’ll also discover some creative activities to do here. For example, you can use Loom to upgrade your equipment. You can even add defensive charms to the clothes you wear. You’ll also be able to bring in items here and examine what they mean, along with learning recipes and generally upgrading your arsenal. There is always room for improvement in the room of requirements!
If all that wasn’t enough, outside the room you will find a green area to meet and care for magical creatures. Budding Magizoologists can pet, feed, and play with all sorts of adorable beasts here. In the preview, we see a little Niffler, a cute Kneazle and a huge Graphorn. You can extract fur, feathers, and other materials from your monsters (gently and safely!) to create even more improvements to your equipment, too.
You can also conjure up things in this space, such as a hut, trees, pumpkins, or archways to make the area extra personal for you and your animals. There is also a food processor, so monsters can be fed automatically if you are busy doing other magical tasks. There is also a toy box and parenting pen. We wouldn’t blame you if you kicked out the game’s main mission just for hanging out with your animals, to be honest. Oh, and the icing on the cake: You can name it too.
Our latest preview of Hogwarts Legacy shows the breadth and depth (not to mention perfection!) that the game has to offer. Only a few months before we can live our legacy in reality. (Not to mention our Niffler label right away!)
Hogwarts Legacy is set to be released globally for PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X | S and PC on February 10, 2023, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on April 4, 2023 and Nintendo Switch on July 25, 2023.
And remember! If you’re a member of the Harry Potter Fan Club, you can actually bring your wand and house into the game experience if you link accounts – which also gives you exclusive in-game stuff. Here’s how to do it.
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