Despite films being both critical and financial disappointments, which has reportedly led franchise and starting over, it seems that they aren’t quite done with the spin-off series.
Mired in whirlwinds of controversy surrounding actors Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald) and Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone) and Wizarding World creator JK Rowling, didn’t get off to the best start, and now it looks like a fourth film won’t happen.
But now, it would appear that there’s another Fantastic Beasts installment on the horizon anyway — just not in the way you might think. Open-world game (2023) recently just unveiled a second gameplay showcase, which gives us an even better idea what to expect.
Sprawling open-world environments, broomstick flight, an array of spells and combat moves, and Wizarding World secrets are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to , and there seems to be a running theme throughout the game.
While it has been no mystery since the game was first announced two years ago, magical creatures will feature heavily into the game. To what extent wasn’t previously known, but now, it seems that is shaping up to be a Fantastic Beasts installment in its own right.
The new gameplay showcase makes a number of surprising reveals when it comes to magical creatures, such as the ability to “pull” a Hippogriff or a Thestral out of your satchel, having your own “Beast Care Section” which poses as an “outdoor” extension to the Room of Requirement, and even naming the magical creatures in your care.
Sound familiar? Yes, it sounds exactly like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)! In the 2016 film, Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) wanders around 1920s New York with a garden full of magical creatures living inside his briefcase!
While the game offers so much more than just the care of magical creatures, is Warner Bros. sneaking another Fantastic Beasts installment out onto the market? Or will Hogwarts Legacy simply serve as a more “spiritual” sequel (or prequel) to the spin-off series?
Well, while that may turn out to be the case, the game is not canon with any of the books or films, or the Fantastic Beasts spin-off series. Recent reveals even suggest that it will alter certain aspects of established Wizarding World lore.
As per the website, here’s the synopsis for the game:
Hogwarts Legacy is an immersive, open-world action RPG set in the world first introduced in the Harry Potter books. For the first time, experience Hogwarts in the 1800s. Your character is a student who holds the key to an ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart. Now you can take control of the action and be at the center of your own adventure in the wizarding world. Your legacy is what you make of it.
will now be released on April 4, 2023. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series versions will be released as planned on February 10, while the Nintendo Switch version will be released on July 25.
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