Hogwarts Legacy Could Be The Biggest Game of 2022

We still have a long way to go, but after the recent Hogwarts Legacy gameplay showcase, we think this could be one of the biggest games of the year.

The upcoming Harry Potter RPG – actually set decades before Potter and his team shows up – was revealed in full for all to see during Sony’s State of Play show. While we expected great things, we didn’t expect to be so impressed.

First off, the world of the game just looks amazing. It seems quite expansive, covering not only Hogwarts itself but a lot of surrounding outside area as well. The tone also gets things done just right, feeling whimsical and magical, but also distinct, with its own unique flavor compared to the Harry Potter films it was inspired by.

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It’s a little disappointing that we won’t get to see the main Harry Potter crew given the time period of the game, but we’re pretty excited to get to know this version of the Hogwarts cast. The little quips and comments we heard in the trailer bring that classic tone back to life, and hopefully their overarching stories prove something to write home about.

Of course, we also can’t wait to spend way too much time creating our own character, using the game’s customization tools. We’re not sure how robust they are yet, but we saw them in the gameplay demo and we’ll make sure our character fits right into our chosen home.

Then there’s traversal and combat, which look equally liberating. Riding that fast broom outside the school grounds looks like it’ll add a little more speed to navigating the world, and we’ve found you can even take part in races. On the property there are all kinds of dungeons, hidden chambers and corridors to explore; Hogwarts looks really huge. Oh, and we’ll get to the Chamber of Secrets ASAP!

Combat includes spells and hand-to-hand combat, and with learnable spells scattered throughout Hogwarts’ curriculum, there’s likely going to be a lot to do. There’s also a combo system, which should have us linking together some pretty remarkable magic.

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The nearby village of Hogwarts contains vendors of all kinds of gear, signifying a robust economy within Hogwarts Legacy. We’re not exactly sure how to make money, but we love a good secret salesperson and will probably often walk out of the classroom to get some goodies.

All in all, this just seems like the real Harry Potter game we’ve wanted for years. If Hogwarts Legacy is as deep and content-rich as the gameplay suggests, we could be in for a real treat later this year. Oh, and the gameplay reveal already has about 2.5 million views in less than a day, so this is going to be one of the biggest games of 2022.

Will Hogwarts Legacy be the biggest game of 2022? Or is it overhyped? Let us know your thoughts below.