J.K. Rowling Not Directly Involved With Hogwarts Legacy

J.K. Rowling Not Directly Involved With Hogwarts Legacy - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 2,549 Views

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developers Avalanche Software and Portkey Games this week announced Hogwarts Legacy for the Xbox Series X and S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will launch in 2021.

In an FAQ released by the publisher, it was revealed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is not directly involved with the game.

"J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game, however, her extraordinary body of writing is the foundation of all projects in the Wizarding World," reads the FAQ. "This is not a new story from J.K. Rowling."

"While Portkey Games are not direct adaptations of the books and films, the games are firmly rooted in the Harry Potter universe. While remaining true to J.K. Rowling’s original work, Portkey game developers chart new territory by creating fresh ways for fans to immerse themselves in the wizarding world."

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

"Players will experience life as a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1800s as they embark on a dangerous journey to uncover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. They will grow their magical abilities by mastering spells, brewing potions and taming fantastic beasts."

Here is an overview of the game:

Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Embark on a journey through familiar and new locations as you explore and discover fantastic beasts, customize your character and craft potions, master spell casting, upgrade talents, and become the wizard you want to be.

Experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. You have received a late acceptance to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and soon discover that you are no ordinary student: you possess an unusual ability to perceive and master Ancient Magic. Only you can decide if you will protect this secret for the good of all, or yield to the temptation of more sinister magic.

Discover the feeling of living at Hogwarts as you make allies, battle Dark wizards, and ultimately decide the fate of the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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JWeinCom (on 18 September 2020)

Don't particularly care... I fully disagree with her comments and views on some matters, but when you're dealing with projects like this, it's impossible that you're going to agree with 100% of the people that are going to be involved. There are some cases where a person is so abhorrent that I won't support anything they're involved in, but in general, I just accept that if I'm going to avoid supporting anyone I disagree with in any way, I'll probably have to live in a shack removed from society eating only what I grow myself.

method114 (on 19 September 2020)


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Mystro-Sama (on 18 September 2020)

This whole JK Rowling issue is so overblown.

LivncA_Dis3 (on 19 September 2020)

hopefully this is a polished game ey, quite the ambitious project!

shikamaru317 (on 18 September 2020)

I mean, I've already known she wasn't writing the story for 3 years. When Avalanche first began developing the game 3 years ago one of their first job listings was for a lead writer for a AAA game with knowledge of one of Britain's most popular book series. At the time there was heavy speculation that the game was Harry Potter, which turned out to be true when the early behind closed doors trailer leaked in 2018.

Nautilus (on 19 September 2020)

Thats not good. Hopefully the game still maintains a solid narrative and story.