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The long-awaited AAA foray into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Hogwarts Legacy, finally has a release date.
Earlier today, the developers of Hogwarts Legacy revealed that the game will be launching in early 2023, on Feb. 10. This is slightly beyond when some fans expected the game to release, as a companion book for the making of Hogwarts Legacy was rumored to release in December. While fans will have to wait a little longer, the end result will likely be more polished now that the developers have extra time to complete the game.
In the announcement tweet, the developers stated: “The team is excited for you to play [Hogwarts Legacy], but we need a little more time to deliver the best possible game experience.”
With recent AAA games being botched because at launch – see Cyberpunk 2077 – Hogwarts Legacy fans are likely on board with a longer waiting time if it means a better game upon release.
In addition to the official release date being revealed, the Hogwarts Legacy developers also shared what platforms the game will launch on. As of right now, Feb. 10 is the release date for PlayStation 4+5, Xbox One + Series X|S, and PC (on Steam and Epic Games Store). Nintendo Switch fans will have to be more patient, as the developers still haven’t set a release date for that version of Hogwarts Legacy yet. However, a release date for the Switch version is being “revealed soon,” according to the developers.
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
Finally, the developer of Hogwarts Legacy, Avalanche Studios, released a video that explains why the team pushed the release date into 2023. As previously aforementioned, the developers want to ensure that they deliver the most polished version of Hogwarts Legacy possible.
A message from Avalanche Software. pic.twitter.com/7MnIJ2p9wO
— WB Games Avalanche (@AvalancheWB) August 12, 2022
While it seems unlikely that Hogwarts Legacy would be further delayed, it always remains a possibility. So fans should temper their expectations slightly about the Feb. 10 release date. More and more games have seen multiple delays in the past few years, so Hogwarts Legacy isn’t out of the woods yet.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.