The highly anticipated new open-world video game Hogwarts Legacy, developed by Avalanche and Warner Bros. Discovery, is set for release on Friday.
This single-player game took a whopping $150 million and five years to develop. Early adopter streamers on Twitch have already smashed the record for the most-watched single-player game. And it has the highest pre-sale ranking on the popular gaming website Steam this week.
Former CEO of games market research firm Super Data Research and current adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, Joost van Dreunen, has said, “Open world style games are a really a big deal in the games industry.” “The makers of the game have high expectations, as do the consumers.”
Warner Bros. has released Harry Potter games for 20 years, but those games have all been based on films. In spite of the popularity of the Harry Potter series, not every game was a smashing success.
Hogwarts Legacy is based on the Harry Potter books, but it takes place in the late 1800s, which is a long time before the events of the Harry Potter books. However, it expands the Harry Potter world beyond Hogwarts Castle. The players’ avatars are witches or wizards, and they do missions to learn skills.
Potter fans’ excitement has waned after the game’s two delays. Videogamesnewyork in New York City orders just enough games based on pre-orders.
The RPG is controversial due to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s virulent transphobia and the fact that she will make a lot of money in royalty checks from Hogwarts Legacy. Even possibly more if it does well. As such, this is also one of the reasons why you might unexpectedly discover spoilers.
Some people are trolling for no reason, but it looks like others are doing it to say something bad about J.K. Rowling herself. The argument goes like this: If enough people buy the game, it will send a message to game developers that the Harry Potter trademark will continue to bring in cash. And Rowling will be able to continue drawing attention and publicly speaking out against trans people in a country that is actively legislating against them.