The cinematic future of the Wizarding World (or Harry Potter, for you muggles) is currently in limbo after the lackluster box office performance of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, earlier this year. Not to mention, the mostly negative public perception of J.K. Rowling suggests that Warner Bros. will have to be careful about greenlighting new films in both the Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter franchises.
This is why Hogwarts Legacy offered a moment of respite for the Harry Potter fans begging for something magical and wonderful with little of the political turmoil that currently plagues the property.
Unfortunately, Warner Bros. had lousy news for the excited alumnus after confirming that the Harry Potter RPG prequel, Hogwarts Legacy, isn't coming out later this year.
According to Warner Bros.'s latest announcement, Hogwarts Legacy will launch on February 10 next year. To make matters worse, this is only for the Xbox Series S/X, PS5, and PC. If you want to play Hogwarts Legacy on the Nintendo Switch, you'll have to wait for a later date.
Judging by what we saw at the Sony State of Play in March, we wouldn't be surprised if it will take at least a year for Avalanche Software to find a way to get Hogwarts Legacy to run on Nintendo's console.
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
Ultimately, a delay to 2023 isn't the worst thing that can happen to Hogwarts Legacy. This is similar to what happened to Horizon Forbidden West last year. The best part is that it didn't have to contend with other behemoths. Case in point, a December release date, as per the original leaks, would have put Hogwarts Legacy right in the crosshairs (pun intended) of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2, and God of War: Ragnarok.
If anything, the only way that Hogwarts Legacy's release date could have been better is if Warner Bros. timed it when the incoming academic year ends. Hopefully, Warner Bros. doesn't use this as a reason to delay the game even further.