Hogwarts Legacy Confirmed For Switch As Dev Talks Microtransactions

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When "Hogwarts Legacy" was announced at a PS5 event in September 2020, Portkey Games and Warner Bros. Games Avalanche intended to release the game exclusively for PS5 and PS4, as well as Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC in 2021 before it got delayed to 2022 — not because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but because Avalanche need more time to polish it. But now, Portkey Games has cast a spell to reveal that the game will also be coming to Nintendo Switch Holiday 2022.

The FAQ page for the official "Hogwarts Legacy" website confirmed that the Switch is listed as one of the consoles the open-world magical action RPG will be available on, with the developer saying, "'Hogwarts Legacy' will be available for PlayStation5, PlayStation4, PlayStation4 Pro, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC." The Nintendo Switch logo even shows up at the bottom of the game's website. To confirm the Switch availability even further, Amazon revealed the cover art for the game, ruling out the possibility of it being a cloud release.

"Hogwarts Legacy's" gameplay and other details

The surprise Switch announcement comes after Portkey Games showed presented gameplay for "Hogwarts Legacy" on Sony's latest State of Play showcase, which revealed more about the plot. The game is set in the 1890s, just a century before the events of J.K. Rowling's original "Harry Potter" stories, where the player character enters Hogwarts as fifth-year student, catching up with classmates in every class — Charms, Herbology, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and Potions, to name a few — and mastering spell casting as they embark on a journey to uncover the mystery of Ancient Magic while dealing with a possible goblin rebellion.

Despite most games having online and co-op gameplay these days, "Hogwarts Legacy" doesn't have any multiplayer functionality whatsoever. You can make friends with characters in the game, yes, but at the end of the day it's a single-player game. Another game detail Potterheads have been wondering about is if the game will have microtransactions. The FAQ page clarified that it won't, and Avalanche community manager Chandler Wood confirmed on Twitter, "We've seen this question coming up and want to set the record straight. There are no microtransactions in 'Hogwarts Legacy.'"