Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed back to February 2023

Hogwarts Legacy

A late start to the new term

The start to a new year at Hogwarts will be slightly delayed. Open-world magic RPG Hogwarts Legacy has hit a new delay, and is now aiming for a February 10, 2023 launch.

It’s the latest 2022 game to get hit with a delay into next year, and it comes with an addendum too. While the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC versions of Hogwarts Legacy are set for February 10, 2023, the Nintendo Switch version has no date. News about the Switch’s date will be revealed soon, the Hogwarts team says.

It’s the latest delay for Avalanche Software’s game, which had already been pushed out of 2021 and into this year. We did get a gameplay deep dive earlier this year, where we saw a bit of what wizards and witches can get up to in the wizarding world. But it looks like players will be waiting a bit longer to get their owl.

Back to school

The delay isn’t totally out of the ordinary, as several major 2022 games have been moving out and into later dates. Earlier this week, Firaxis and 2K confirmed that Marvel’s Midnight Suns has been delayed out of its October date, only specifying that it will launch sometime before the end of March ’23.

Even Metal Slug Tactics is taking a little extra time. Only a few, like God of War Ragnarok, are standing firm in this coming holiday window.

A little extra time will hopefully at least be good for the team, in helping them deliver the experience they want to. I’m admittedly not too keen on Hogwarts Legacy, especially as it’s based on a series whose author seems determined to keep chipping away at any goodwill the books garnered. WB Games did note in 2020 that Rowling isn’t directly involved in the game. But hey. There’s always Witchbrook.

Eric Van Allen