There is no doubt: Hogwarts Legacy is one of the games of the year. Not only because of its quality (which too), but because of the media tidal wave that it has unleashed around the world, both for Harry Potter fans and for casual players of the franchise.
And that the versions of PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch are still to be released, so the total sales count of Hogwarts Legacy it will be much bigger.
Hogwarts Legacy is number 1 in the UK, and it is also one of the most successful games on Steam or Twitch. Good proof of its success is that the thematic Dualsense controller sold out in 1 minute in the United States and the United Kingdom.
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For now there are no official figures to reveal, but Hogwarts Legacy is already the best-selling Harry Potter game of all time… and also a historic launch.
If we don’t count franchises like FIFA, Call of Duty or Madden (it’s only in the USA), Hogwarts Legacy is the biggest video game launch since Red Dead Redemption 2, in 2018.
A magical and historic launch
According to analyst Christopher Dring, Hogwarts Legacy is the most successful launch of a video game since Red Dead Redemption 2Rockstar title that went on sale in 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Since then, AAA games as important as The Last of Us Part II, Cyberpunk 2077 or Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order have been released, but none were as successful as Hogwarts Legacy.
Not even Elden Ring, well Hogwarts Legacy digital sales in Europe were 56% higher than those harvested by soulslike in the spring of 2022.
Of course, there are a few exceptions: the annual installments of FIFA and Call of Duty. If we don’t count these titans, we can say that Hogwarts Legacy is the most successful game of the last four or five years.
In the case of the United States, the Madden simulation saga should be added to the two colossi already mentioned. It is totally normal, since sports and shooters have a lot of pull in video games.
Of course, it is also true that Hogwarts Legacy is a multiplatform title, so its sales are higher than those of Animal Crossing, Pokémon Scarlet and Purple or God of War Ragnarok.
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It has a lot of merit, without a doubt, and it is that Hogwarts Legacy has been the object of a boycott by trans groups. And all because of JK Rowling’s comments.
Hogwarts Legacy is available from February 10 on PS5, Xbox Series X | S and PC. Remember that the versions for PS4 and Xbox One arrive on April 4, while on Nintendo Switch we will have to wait until July 25.
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