Hogwarts Legacy, a brand-new adventure set in the past of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, will be released on all major game platforms this year, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. But unlike many games, where the goal is to release on all platforms simultaneously, Hogwarts Legacy’s launch will be staggered over the course of six months.
Adding to the confusion of Hogwarts Legacy’s release date(s) is an early access period tied to the game’s Deluxe Edition. Yes, you can play Hogwarts Legacy early, if you pay a premium.
Hogwarts Legacy officially launched on Feb. 10, with the release of the PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X versions of the game. The Deluxe Edition of Hogwarts Legacy offered 72 hours of early access to the game — meaning some started playing it early on Feb. 7.
For Potterheads on PS4 and Xbox One, Hogwarts Legacy will be released on those consoles on May 5. There is no early access period for the PS4 and Xbox One versions.
The Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy will be released on July 25.
When will Hogwarts Legacy be playable on all platforms?
Here’s the simple breakdown:
- Feb. 7 — Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition early access (PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X)
- Feb. 10 — Hogwarts Legacy standard edition (PC, PS5, Xbox Series X)
- May 5 — Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition and standard edition (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
- July 25 — Hogwarts Legacy Deluxe Edition and standard edition (Nintendo Switch)
What about the Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition?
The extravagant, physical Collector’s Edition of Hogwarts Legacy will be released on Feb. 7 as well, letting serious Harry Potter fans with deep pockets play the game early. The Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition can (technically) be pre-ordered for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X for $299.99, and PC for $289.99. There are also PS4 and Xbox One versions of the Collector’s Edition available for $289.99, but like the other previous-gen console versions, they’re not coming until May. (Warner Bros. is not selling a Collector’s Edition for the Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy.)
But that’s kind of a moot point — the Hogwarts Legacy Collector’s Edition appears to be sold out at the retailers stocking it (Amazon and GameStop) anyway.
Update (March 6): Publisher Warner Bros. announced that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Hogwarts Legacy have been delayed by a month, from April to May, explaining that developers need more time to “deliver the best possible experience on all platforms.” This story has been updated throughout to reflect the new release date for those versions of the game.
We’re overwhelmed with gratitude for the response to Hogwarts Legacy from fans around the globe. The team is working hard to deliver the best possible experience on all platforms and we need more time to do this. Hogwarts Legacy will launch for PS4 and Xbox One May 5, 2023. pic.twitter.com/UjEIPXDZj2— Hogwarts Legacy (@HogwartsLegacy) March 6, 2023