See How Customization Works in Hogwarts Legacy

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By Jason Collins
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The upcoming Hogwarts Legacy is one of the most highly anticipated gaming titles, with Harry Potter fandom excited about the opportunity to finally explore the open-world digital iteration of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located in the Scottish Highlands. The game is still without its official release date, but the information about the title is bountiful thanks to the numerous leaks — the latest of which showcases how the in-game character customization works.

As reported by IGN, the character customization menu of the Hogwarts Legacy video game was leaked during Autodesk Vision Series tech talk, a virtual presentation and panels led by some of the most creative minds behind the most popular and acclaimed video games. The footage wasn’t made public in any official capacity, but screenshots of the game have made their way online, and some of the most interesting shots pertain precisely to Hogwarts Legacy character customization, offering a much closer look at how Harry Potter fans would be able to create their in-game characters.

The screenshots showcase Hogwarts Legacy character creation at work, and from what’s presented, the players will be able to choose between various preset characters during character creation and customization. Of course, like with any properly developed role-playing game, players can also make minute changes to the preset characters to make them more to their liking. It appears that the character customization will be deep, granting gamers a great deal of control over how their character will look and work.

Players will be able to adjust all the minor details regarding their character, like hair and eye color, the shape of their eyebrows, etc. However, Hogwarts Legacy will also absolve the Sorting Hat of any responsibility when it comes to assigning students to Hogwarts Houses. Instead, players will be able to choose their own House during the character customization process — choosing between Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw — but their choice will still be declared by the Sorting Hat, just like in the movies and novels.

With everything said, character customization wasn’t the only thing related to Hogwarts Legacy that was showcased during the Autodesk talk. The creatives behind the game also shared new cutscene footage, which follows two Hogwarts students spying on a band of dark wizards attacking and restraining a hippogriff. The scene concludes with the students splitting up, presumably to surprise-attack the dark wizards while they’re occupied — the player’s character is tasked with reaching higher ground, which indicates the possibility of aerial attacks.

As previously stated, Hogwarts Legacy still lacks an official release date, but some sources suggest that the game might release as early as December this year. Despite the most recent details regarding character customization, we also know that the game’s Big Bad is a dark wizard named Victor Rookwood and a Goblin called Ranrok. We also know that the game is set in the 1800s, long before the events of the Harry Potter books. In fact, the narrative of Hogwarts Legacy predates both Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories, which grants the game’s developers some leeway for shaping how the world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry looks and works.