The upcoming Harry Potter Hogwarts Legacy RPG won’t feature Quidditch but will still let you fly on a broomstick.
The fictional fantasy sport has been a staple of the Harry Potter franchise since the first novel, and fans have been eagerly waiting to see if he appears in Hogwarts Legacy. New Post with frequently asked questions (opens in a new tab) on the game website confirms that players will not be able to try their hand at the sport when the game is released next year.
“Quidditch is not playable in Hogwarts Legacy,” says the FAQ page. “But the broomstick flight to the passing and broom racing challenges is part of the game. Players can also fly broomsticks to discover new and familiar places around Hogwarts Castle.
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Quidditch has long been a favorite part of the Harry Potter universe, even inspiring a real sport that imitates a magic game. He has appeared in the original novels and film series, and has also appeared in some of the older Harry Potter video games of the last few decades.
But his omission from the Hogwarts Legacy is not too surprising. Recreating an entire fictional sport in an already large RPG is a difficult task. Between designing all of the extra gameplay mechanics, creating unique animations, creating new dialogues, having them all passed on by QC testers, and then finding a way to integrate it into the main game without feeling stuck to the side, adding a Quidditch would not be fast job.
This does not mean that in the final game you will be completely without a broomstick. Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world RPG in which you’ll discover the eponymous wizarding school, the nearby village of Hogsmeade and the Forbidden Forest. Gameplay fragments (opens in a new tab) you have already shown that you will be able to visit these places on the back of a flying hippogriff or a magic broom.
It is possible, but not confirmed, that larger add-ons to the game will be released after the premiere. Developer Avalanche has also created several cosmetic DLC packs as pre-order bonuses. Given the popularity of Quidditch among Harry Potter fans and its strong relationship with the brand, we wouldn’t be surprised if the fictional sport was added in some form via the DLC post-launch.
Hogwarts Legacy will be released on February 10 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. But if Quidditch doesn’t show up, don’t expect Wizard Chess to show up either.