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Is Hogwarts Legacy A PS5 Exclusive?

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Tom Chapman

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27th Jul 2021 18:03

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Is the Hogwarts Legacy PS5 version of the game the only one that will come out? It's something a lot of Harry Potter fans are concerned about with the upcoming game, so we're back into the Restricted Section and doing our research on Hogwarts Legacy. Although Harry Potter games are nothing new, taking the famous school of Witchcraft and Wizardry back to the late 1800s for an open-world adventure makes Hogwarts Legacy something of a big deal... though somewhat of a smaller deal for players on other platforms if it does turn out to be a Hogwarts Legacy PS5 exclusive.

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While some form of game was first teased back in 2018, the confirmed Hogwarts Legacy release date means the Harry Potter RPG will be released onto the latest generation of consoles. Remembering that it was first revealed at 2020's massive PlayStation 5 reveal event, players are rightly asking whether Hogwarts Legacy will be a PS5 exclusive.

Is Hogwarts Legacy a PS5 exclusive?

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Despite its ties to Sony, Hogwarts Legacy is NOT a PS5 exclusive. The site's official FAQ confirms the platforms Hogwarts Legacy will launch on, with the PS5 settling in alongside the PlayStation 4, Xbox One family, the Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Even though Hogwarts Legacy won't be a PS5 exclusive, there are sadly no plans to launch on Nintendo Switch

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The fact that Sony was the one to announce Hogwarts Legacy led some to believe it could be a PS5 exclusive. Sony has a number of PS5 exclusives, with the likes of Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Demon's Souls paving the way. Hogwarts Legacy might be confirmed as a current and next-gen title for PS4 and PS5, but just like Sony is toying with ditching its God of War: Ragnarok PS4 version, it's clear the PS5 is Sony's top priority right now.

Still, with a franchise as big as the Wizarding World, it makes sense for Warner Bros. Interactive to open the Gringotts vault and watch the galleons flow in. If Hogwarts Legacy belonged to a smaller IP, Sony could've held the keys to the kingdom, but with an open-world Harry Potter game having the potential to be one of the biggest releases in living memory, it was always destined for a multi-platform release. 

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Will the Hogwarts Legacy PS5 version get any special treatment?

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Despite Sony not being able to hold onto Hogwarts Legacy as a PS5-exclusive title, that doesn't mean owners won't get some perks from having the souped-up console. Remember how Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War had some exclusive content with Zombies Onslaught, while elsewhere, the Maiden demo for Resident Evil Village was also an early gift if you had a PlayStation.

At the time of writing, Hogwarts Legacy doesn't have a firm release date other than some time in 2022. It's possible that PS5 and PS4 owners will be able to play before other platforms. Alternatively, there could be a special PlayStation bonus with an exclusive skin or extra content. Unfortunately, we just don't know yet.

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The plus side is that you won't need a PS5 to play Hogwarts Legacy. Considering PS5 stock levels are still dangerously low, and getting your hands on Sony's next-gen console is a struggle, it's for the best that Hogwarts Legacy isn't locking other gamers out. Well, unless you own a Nintendo Switch.

 

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