On Wednesday, Sony officially revealed “Hogwarts Legacy”, the Harry Potter RPG the gaming world has been waiting years for. The trailer looks promising, transporting us to a Hogwarts in the late 1800s long before The Boy Who Lived saved the world.
We didn’t get anything that resembled a true game play experience, but this is what we need to see.
Harry Potter strength immersion: When you crack open an HP book and read it for the first time, you’re completely lost in the world that is being delivered to you. The hours just drift away and we are totally immersed in this fantastic environment. We need that in this game.
Complete character magical customization: We’re going to have a build-able wizard and classes to attend. We need the option of building a wizard that is specialized in the kind of magic we wish we could do. Defense Against Dark Arts, Potions, Magical Creatures, all of it.
A strong school house feel: I’m a Gryffindor. You maybe a Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Let’s bring that school spirit to the game and have it affect your journey. This could add replay value.
Ties to the books in some clever way: I’m getting a strong KOTOR vibe from the game, and that sounds fine, but I’d love to see some ties to the books. It doesn’t have to be exact, but maybe some great grandparents of characters we know or time lines we’re catching a part of.
That combat needs to be rockin: Combat has always been kind of clunky when mixing the Potterverse and video games. Hogwarts Legacy needs to implement a system that both flows and is visually striking.
If game creators can nail some of these points, we’ll finally have the Harry Potter game we deserve.