Pre-order listings for the Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy price it at £70 for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S and £60 for everything else.
It looks like Warner Bros. could be joining Sony and Take-Two in the ‘£70 for new games’ camp. Following the Hogwarts Legacy State of Play last week, pre-orders for the long-awaited Harry Potter roleplaying game have gone live at various retailers.
At UK store GAME, it’s listed as £69.99 for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S and £59.99 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There’s no listing for the Nintendo Switch version (which was very quietly announced via the official website), but it’s safe to assume it’ll cost £59.99 as well.
American retailers like Best Buy also have it down as $69.99 for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S and $59.99 for the other three platforms. However, places like Smyths have the game listed at £59.99 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S so it’s very likely that these prices are placeholders. There’s also no word on how much it’ll be on PC.
We won’t know for certain how much Hogwarts Legacy will cost until digital pre-orders go up. If Warner Bros. does plan on charging £70 for the game, however, this will probably apply to Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League as well.
The listings may have also revealed that there will be no upgrade path for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One users. If you look at the box art for the Xbox versions, you won’t find the Smart Delivery logo in the top right corner, which denotes which games come with a free copy of the current gen version (if you bought it on Xbox One) or last gen version (if you bought it on Xbox Series X/S).
There’s also the fact that Xbox games with free upgrades tend to come packaged together anyway. A look through GAME’s offerings will show several game boxes with both Xbox One and Xbox Series X listed on them, whereas Hogwarts Legacy’s Xbox releases are completely separate.
While you’d still be able to play the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S respectively through backwards compatibility, you wouldn’t be able to take full advantage of the newer hardware.
At the time of writing, Warner Bros. has yet to publicly comment on whether it will offer any sort of upgrade path, and there’s no mention of it at all on the website’s FAQ page.
If the £70 pricing and/or lack of an upgrade path are officially confirmed, there would undeniably be some level of backlash from consumers. Although Hogwarts Legacy is hardly a stranger to controversy at this point.
Just like the rest of the Harry Potter franchise, its reputation has been affected by series creator J.K. Rowling’s transphobic comments, with some fans demanding a boycott of the game.
Then there was that time the game’s lead director turned out to be pro-GamerGate and with his own anti-SJW YouTube channel.
Hogwarts Legacy releases for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC in late 2022.
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