New gameplay from Hogwarts Legacy features open world, combat and the Room of Requirement

Developer Avalanche Software and publisher Warner Bros. Games have released a new gameplay showcase to highlight three different aspects of their upcoming wizarding RPG: the open world, combat and the Room of Requirement of the famous castle.

Hogwarts Legacy releases February 10th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC, with a recent delay pushing the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions to April 4th and the Switch version to July 25th. Perhaps to appease the news due to yesterday’s delay, or to get players excited for February, four new looks at Hogwarts Legacy gameplay have been released and you can check out all four below:

Each of these aired during today’s Hogwarts Legacy showcase.

The Legacy of Hogwarts: Open World

“In the first segment of gameplay, the player, a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the late 18th century, mounts his broomstick and flies low over the open world,” reads a press release. “Players will fly over the Scottish Highlands and land to explore a hamlet offering the opportunity to meet various witches and wizards while engaging in quest opportunities. The player then mounts an Onyx Hippogriff (a Hippogriff variant exclusive to pre-orders) to traverse the landscape as winter sets in and the land is blanketed in snow.

The Hogwarts Legacy: Combat

Combat is the focus of this second gameplay video. The player, who Avalanche says is wearing the Dark Arts cosmetic set, goes through the Forbidden Forest before jumping onto the back of a Thestral to make their way to the Dark Arts Battle Arena. It’s important to note that the Dark Arts Cosmetic Set, Thestral Mount, and Dark Arts Battle Arena are exclusive to the Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition or available as an in-game purchase through the Dark Arts Pack.

“The player immediately casts an Avada Kedavra spell to show that the enemy’s health bar goes to zero instantly,” the press release reads. “Tools like potions and plants from the Room of Requirement can be brought into battle with the player to defeat enemies more efficiently.”

Hogwarts Legacy: The Room of Requirement

In the third and fourth Hogwarts Legacy gameplay videos from today’s showcase, we take a look at the famous Room of Requirement. Players can personalize this room in many ways, including architecture.

“Summons can be found at Tomes and Scrolls in Hogsmeade or rewarded for completing various activities throughout the game,” the press release reads. “Commodities such as plant pots and brewing stations can also be customized.”

As Hogwarts Legacy progresses, players can summon the Loom, which is used to customize equipment and add magical properties. The video ends with the player interacting with the vivarium where the beasts are cared for at Hogwarts. Here, a Graphorn, a Nifler, a Kneesel, and a Moon Calf are revealed. You can pet and feed your fantastic beasts and receive magical ingredients that are useful for customizing and upgrading your equipment. A toy chest lets you play with your beasts, which you can name individually.

And that’s all revealed in today’s Hogwarts Legacy gameplay showcase.

To learn more about the game, check out the latest details revealed during a Sony State of Play in March, then read more about Hogwarts Legacy’s PS5 DualSense features. Read how controversial Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is not involved in the making of Hogwarts Legacy (although she will almost certainly be paid as a direct result of that game), then watch this trailer showing the common rooms, Easter eggs and more shows more.

Hogwarts Legacy will be released on February 10th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. It launches on April 4th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and finally the Switch version will be released on July 25th.

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