Warner Bros. has quietly updated the Hogwarts Legacy FAQ to confirm that Quidditch won’t be playable in the game.
The main appeal of Hogwarts Legacy is that it will allow Harry Potter fans to imagine themselves as a student at the famous wizarding school. So, even before any gameplay was shown, there were some general expectations of what would be included.
For example, a Quidditch mini-game would make perfect sense considering it’s been an iconic aspect of the franchise since the first book. Surprisingly, however, it’s been quietly confirmed that Hogwarts Legacy won’t feature the sport whatsoever.
This news has left some fans disappointed and asking for it to be added as DLC, either as a free update or a paid expansion.
Others believe that it makes sense for developer Avalanche Software to leave out Quidditch, saying that it would require too many resources to do properly.
Quidditch has featured in a few of the movie tie-in games. Although it was a stripped down mini-game where you only controlled Harry, rather than the full game.
There was a Quidditch World Cup game in 2003 that recreated the sport in more detail, but there hasn’t been a dedicated Quidditch video game since.
I’m actually okay with this. I mean the game in itself is already pretty big. I think Quidditch would be great as either a future (big) dlc or standalone game. I mean, you have to realize that if you want it to be done well, it’s not going to be a little part!
— DBL1985 (@DBL_Creations) September 2, 2022
@HogwartsLegacy we NEED Quidditch DLC. Please Please Please
— Zvyčajny Lalkavod (@ZvichBel) September 2, 2022
The Hogwarts Legacy FAQ doesn’t provide a reason for Quidditch’s exclusion, only saying that you’ll still be able to ride your broom as a means of traversal and in broom racing challenges.
On a related note, the real-life Quidditch sport had its name changed to Quadball back in July, partly to distance it from author J. K. Rowling and her controversial statements on the transgender community.
This is unlikely to have had anything to do with Quidditch’s exclusion from Hogwarts Legacy. After all, Warner Bros. owns the copyright for the sport, so it can do whatever it wants with it.
In fact, this was the second reason for the aforementioned name change; to avoid any legal issues with Warner Bros.
Hogwarts Legacy launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC on February 10, 2023. The Nintendo Switch version launches at a later date.
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