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Hogwarts Legacy: Is it Available On Nintendo Switch?

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Tom Chapman

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26th Jul 2021 17:20

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Wands up - Hogwarts Legacy is officially on the way from Avalanche Studios. After Warner Bros. Interactive bought the studio from Disney in 2017, work started on the long-awaited open-world Harry Potter game. Jump forward to 2021, and it's full-steam ahead on a multi-platform release of this ambitious RPG.

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While players are rightly looking toward the release of a current and next-gen game that will bridge the gap between the likes of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, almost everyone is able to join the party.

Although we can't wait to practice our best swish and flick, Nintendo Switch players are rightly asking if they'll be able to play Hogwarts Legacy

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Is Hogwarts Legacy available on Nintendo Switch?

Hogwarts Legacy has already been confirmed as a multi-platform release that will include PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, the Xbox One family, the Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Sadly, the Nintendo Switch is sitting this one out. 

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Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed from its original release date of 2021 and into 2022. Although this could've been to allow for more time to work on a Nintendo Switch port, there are currently no plans for this to be the case. 

Warner Bros. hasn't explained why Hogwarts Legacy isn't coming to the Nintendo Switch, but it could have something to do with the Switch's graphical capabilities. Even the upcoming Nintendo Switch OLED won't support 4K, and with the Switch being used to more cartoony games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario OdysseyHogwarts Legacy might be too much to handle.

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Could Hogwarts Legacy release on the Nintendo Switch?

AAA games getting a Switch port further down the line are nothing new. Rocket LeagueDOOM, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and even Resident Evil 7 (in Japan) have all been given the Switch treatment.

Developing a Switch port will likely depend on how well Hogwarts Legacy sells on other platforms. Remembering that the game was announced at last year's PlayStation 5 showcase, we're guessing Sony's next-gen system will shift a lot of copies. Hogwarts Legacy will presumably follow in the footsteps of Resident Evil Village selling over half its copies on PS5.

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Despite first being revealed by Sony, we also know Hogwarts Legacy won't be a PlayStation exclusive. If a Switch version is on the way, it would be a huge undertaking that would come after the game's release next year. Added to this, Hogwarts Legacy arriving on Switch could come from trusted port studio Panic Button. As well as handling ports of DOOM, Panic Button is known for Apex LegendsWolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Is Nintendo making a mistake by not bringing Hogwarts Legacy to the Switch?

It's unclear whether the decision to forego a Nintendo Switch release for Hogwarts Legacy is a Nintendo, Warner Bros. decision, or a mix of both. The Wizarding World and Nintendo have a long history together, with everything from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on the Game Boy Colour to Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 on the Nintendo Wii becoming firm favourites.

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For now, the spellbinding partnership between Nintendo and the Potterverse seems to be at an end. Whether Nintendo Switch owners will get to travel the Floo Network or whether they're banished to Azkaban, the release of Hogwarts Legacy in 2022 is sure to be one for the history books for muggles and wizards alike.

 

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