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Hogwarts Legacy

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
Developer: Avalanche Software
Release Date: Holiday 2022

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'Hogwarts Legacy' Details Next Gen Immersion With PS5 Features, 4K HDR Resolution, DualSense Support, Load Times - Trailer

by Rainier on May 24, 2022 @ 9:41 a.m. PDT

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, single-player, action role-playing videogame (RPG) set in the 1800s wizarding world.

Players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry like never before, as they live the unwritten and embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world.

Hogwarts Legacy is filled with immersive magic, putting players at the center of their adventure to become the witch or wizard they choose to be. They will grow their character’s abilities as they master powerful spells, hone combat skills and select companions to help them face off against deadly enemies. Players will also encounter missions and scenarios that will pose difficult choices and determine what they stand for.

As the climactic story begins, players grow their magical abilities by mastering spells, brewing potions and taming fantastic beasts. Along the way, they will uncover an expansive world filled with perilous dangers tied to the wizarding world’s long forgotten past and an unusual ability that only they possess. The open-world journey takes players beyond Hogwarts to new and familiar wizarding world locations including the Forbidden Forest and Hogsmeade Village.

With Hogwarts Legacy, Avalanche Software wanted to immerse you in the wizarding world like never before. Wand in hand, nothing is more important to the developers than making sure players feel like they are living in this world.

Connect With Your Wand

A witch or wizard should never be without their wand, and the PlayStation 5’s DualSense wireless controller becomes an extension of your wand in Hogwarts Legacy. With so many spells at your disposal, the adaptive triggers allow for more flexibility in combat. You’ll feel the magical resistance at your fingertips through every spell, whether firing off a basic cast or summoning the strength for a more powerful charm.  Spells will feel unique when you cast them, thanks to haptic feedback providing a direct connection between the DualSense controller and your wand. We’ve specifically isolated these effects to the right side of the controller to let the DualSense become an extension of the wand you hold in the game. And when you deflect a spell with Protego, you’ll feel the sizzling of the magic being reflected and absorbed by the Shield Charm.

Adaptive triggers and haptic feedback aren’t just limited to spellcasting and wand work, however. The DualSense controller lets you feel a variety of events throughout the world, whether it’s crushing ingredients with a mortar and pestle in Potions class, feeling the screech of a Mandrake seedling, or flying through the skies on a broom or a hippogriff. The DualSense is your connection to the magic on PS5.

We’ve also tapped into the DualSense controller’s light to give you a unique bit of personalization. When not flashing along with spells being cast or damage being taken, the DualSense controller lights will pulse with the colors of your Hogwarts house: blue and bronze for Ravenclaw, scarlet and gold for Gryffindor, green and silver for Slytherin, and yellow and black for Hufflepuff.

Sights and Sounds of Hogwarts

Visually, we’ve come a long way since the days of the beloved Hagrid on the original PlayStation. Hogwarts Legacy on PS5 lets you take in Hogwarts and the surrounding area in stunning 4K, as well as a choice between Fidelity and Performance graphics modes. This choice will allow you to create your preferred experience, whether that’s prioritizing a higher framerate or visual fidelity.

The PS5 console’s Tempest 3D AudioTech will put you right in the heart of the wizarding world. Hear the crackle of fire as you cast Incendio, potions bubbling in cauldrons, and the uniquely detailed soundscapes of each environment to really make you feel present. And if you play without headphones, you’ll be treated to additional immersive sounds through the DualSense controller speaker, like the soft flap of a Hippogriff’s wings and effects of each spell you cast.

Additionally, expect the PlayStation 5’s ultra high-speed SSD to provide quick loading times no matter how you choose to move from place to place, whether you take the scenic route on a broom or fast travel via the Floo Network. We’ll also support the PS5’s Activity Cards and Game Help features.We’re thrilled to connect you with the wizarding world in a more immersive way than ever before thanks to the PS5 and DualSense controller when Hogwarts Legacy launches.

Hogwarts Legacy is coming to Nintendo Switch, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC in holiday 2022.

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