Hogwarts Legacy delays release on last gen consoles, Switch

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Hogwarts Legacy is delaying its release on last gen consoles: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

The highly-anticipated open-world, action role-playing game set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was scheduled to release on all systems on February 10, 2023. Now, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will have to wait until April 4 while Switch owners will need to be patient until July 25.

One of the key selling points for the game’s Deluxe edition was a 72-hour early access window. Players that bought the Deluxe edition on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC will still have access to the game starting February 7, 2023. However, last gen console owners who bought the Deluxe edition will not receive an early access window.

WB Games, publishers of Hogwarts Legacy, did not cite a specific reason for the delay. However, many cross-gen releases have struggled with performance issues on last gen hardware. Developer Avalanche Software will have more time to make Hogwarts Legacy backwards compatible with this delay. While this choice will disappoint some console owners, the extra time could give the game a smoother launch.

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