Hogwarts Legacy has been available on PS5 for just shy of a month now, and it's been hugely successful so far. However, the fantasy RPG is also due to arrive on last-gen consoles, including PS4. If you're hanging on for that version of the game, you'll be in for a longer wait than expected.
Developer Avalanche Software has just announced a delay on social media. Initially planned for release on 4th April 2023, the last-gen version will now release a month later on 5th May. The studio simply says it's "working hard to deliver the best possible experience on all platforms" and that it needs "more time to do this".
The PS5 version of the game runs well for the most part, though isn't perfect. We expect there will be noticeable compromises to get it going nicely on PS4 which, let's not forget, is approaching its 10th anniversary. Fingers crossed the last-gen edition can hold it steady.
Are you planning to play Hogwarts Legacy on PS4 in May? Tell us in the comments section below.
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Damn, that version must be really rough for being delayed twice now, I can only imagine how the Switch version is going to look like.
Really curious to see how this runs on the switch
I’d just cancel this and Switch version.
Move on to the sequel cause the game is gunna run like garbage in old gen.
I just can't wait to see what a mess the Switch version is providing they don't cancel it.
Maybe too late to cancel, but unfortunately if this runs really bad, like CP2077 bad.. this will put a bad mark on a very good game and that's what people will remember. If it's very bad, I would cancel if they can.
A full room of requirement ,will destroy last gen consoles
I wish them luck with these versions. It's a brilliant game but I imagine it's going to be a herculean task to get it running on these systems. The castle alone is going to push the PS4 to its limits and then some.
The Switch version will be a literal miracle work if it actually functions at all!
Hoping they can get it working to an acceptable level on the older systems. Cyberpunk 2077 also had delays before their disastrous launch, so I've got a few doubts about Hogwarts.
its selling next gen consoles, so i think sony and microsoft should cancel this version
Might as well cancel it.
The Switch version is gonna be a treat to say the least.
I absolutely love the game but wouldn't touch this version.
With the obvious struggle the devs are having here, and MS not even being able to release some games at all because of the crappy Series S not being able to run some Series X stuff, it could mean that last gen is FINALLY coming to an end.
Thank F for that.
Enough with the PS4 games :/
Yeesh, that doesn't sound like a good sign. It's gonna be very interesting to see how the Switch version turns out.
12 million sold on current platforms.
Conservative revenue of over £600,000.
Wouldn't be surprised if they cancel it.
Yes, they probably CAN get it to run on older systems, with a lot of compromises.
Not exactly their 'vision' I'm sure.
And the Switch version....🤦🏼♂️
Will buy it on PS4 once its out on PS4.
I'm waiting for this to appear on Game Pass but I interested in how they handle the Switch version.
@Total_Weirdo you'll be waiting a long time then 😂
What’s so frustrating as a PS5 version owner of this game is that we’re being held hostage on updates and patches until this last gen version comes out. Not had any updates or patches bar one and there’s so much for them to fix and optimise.
Let the past die. kill it if you have to. I was sad when they cancelled ps3 version of MKX in 2015 (I had no PS4] but I got over it.
Honestly, if the Switch version somehow turns out well, I might buy it just to reward them for the effort. Still amazed that's a thing they're planning on releasing.
I hope the ps4 owners who for whatever reason dont have a ps5 yet get a decent version of this as it really is one of the best games out. Is it going to run as good as the ps5 version? Not a chance but that dosnt mean its going to be crap. Some people on here need to remember not everybody can afford a ps5 just yet so try and be a bit more positive towards them and hope they get to enjoy it too 👍
I knew within an hour of playing this, as it was currently optomized and in terms of asset streaming, there was absolutely no way this could run on last Gen systems and certainly not switch.
It should be an interesting time in the next 3 months or so maybe longer where this will probably severely tarnish the release and success of the game. Primarily because I think they are going to be in a lot of trouble and are in a position now where they either cancel the pre orders (were there pre orders for these versions????) and have to issue mass refunds as they don't know how to make it work and even if they do pull off a miracle and make it work on those systems it will be so severely downgraded and compromised that people will be upset either way.
I think firstly they're making a pretty big mistake by just punting the release down a month or two over and over again scrambling probably behind the scenes to try and get it to work when ultimately at this point because it was so successful they should just come out and be honest about those previous versions offer some sort of consolatory gesture and move on because you could really feel it during release, and I know this sounds weird, but I just felt it... that these devs are probably not even able to enjoy the success of the project they put out even with all the controversy simply because they probably have been scrambling far before release trying to figure out what the hell to do with these last gen versions.
Ultimately I think that's where the controversy will lie with all of this in the end is that they probably knew a great deal of time before release that they were having a real hard time getting this to work on last Gen versions and I'm not positive that they did do pre-orders for those versions but if they did it will be pretty shady that they allowed that to go forward without having confidence that they can make the the game work. Which puts them into CDPR territory of shade.
When you look at a game like what was it I think Gotham Knights that canceled their last gen version or there was some title recently I can't remember what it was that ultimately just straight up canceled the last gen versions of the game which I guarantee you were in production and probably cost them a ton of money. Yet they ultimately had to make the choice of disappointing fans early or getting into some sort of Financial and honesty liability later on that could severely affect their reputation longer term.
I'm not really surprised considering the results we got on PS5. Don't get me wrong... The game does look nice but it would be a push to say Avalanche have displayed any technical prowess. It'll definitely be pushing the last-len systems hard, let alone the Switch version (which I'm actually very interested in buying if it turns out OK)
When has a system dragged on this long before?
I remember when Watch Dogs was released, thinking it was laughable that it launched on last gen systems.
That was only 6 months after the PS4/XO launched?!
How many years are we into this generation now? About the time the Pro was being released during the last generation?!?!
Talk about flogging a dead horse.
Don’t think I’ll bother with last gen now. Getting my PS5 around that time
I feel bad for all my friends that are stuck with a PS4, hopefully the wait will be worthwhile for them.
@KidBoruto i agree. I wonder how many of these ps5 owners comments would have been different if they didnt have a ps5? They would complain that its not fair it was not released at the same time and then moan like heck that it needs a patch. At least avalanche are taking the extra time needed to make sure its a decent version for ps4 owners which is something other companys (looking at you cdpr) should adopt..
With all the times the game was delayed before the current-gen release (which turned out to be the right decision), I seriously don't have the greatest hope for the last-gen consoles with yet another delay. Switch? I've not been sure how they're going to pull off that version from the start. 😅
@EquiinoxGII I don't think there is such danger. The game already launched, got great reviews from gamers and reviewers alike, so even if the inferior version are panned, the consensus has already been formed.
@Northern_munkey I can only speak for myself. If I didn't have a ps5, I'd simply focus on older games that run well on ps4 and wait till I can get/can afford a ps5 to play the latest ones for obvious reasons.
@Northern_munkey not true . if i didn’t have a ps5 in that scenario then i’d just be even more pissed that i don’t have a ps5 . wouldn’t want downgrades on a last gen .
Good. Less money into the hands of a disgraceful TERF.
@Toypop I think it’s related to the shortages of PS5 consoles, as well as the high costs of making games these days. I wasn’t able to get a Ps5 until two months ago, and believe me I tried.
Wouldn't buy "Generic Potter and the Seen It All Done Better Before" anyway but I suspect the Pro/One X could make a decent go at running it. Hopefully it'll launch with most of the big bugs squashed already - so nice of PS5 owners to beta test it!
Had a PS5 for a fortnight before sending it back to Sony as it really wasn't a quantum leap over the old SSD Pro - not on the games I was playing anyway.
Switch version could be er....interesting?
I'm not a developer but I can certainly imagine their pain and frustration that you're stuck in your place of work trying very hard to make it work for them with a game of that quality. I'd assume the only thing holding them on is the love for their job and of course the community holding hopes for last gen versions.
Big up the Devs, most times ppl argue of a game's feature ect but do not look to the work involved.
@Arnna i have to thank all you haters for giving this game so much free publicity and boosting the sales figures..keep up the good work 🤣
@Northern_munkey Having principles and standing up to discrimination is not ‘hating’. However, the author of Harry Potter is very much hating vulnerable people who haven’t hurt anyone and don’t deserve it. It sounds like you would rather ridicule those who dare to mention her rather than stand for anything yourself. Brave.
As Push Square said, her work doesn’t exist inside a vacuum. There are real world consequences to platforming her and/or her body of work.
@Arnna there is a way you choose your words and phrases and yours come across as very bitter and insulting. Maybe try and word your opinions in a better more constructive way and we would all be more willing to discuss the issues in a more adult fashion. You and a couple of others on here just sound like the people you say you stand against..
Push square is a site for all things playstation related something i think everybody will agree with therefore i think that people should not be allowed to use the comment sections to further their own agendas and use them as a soap box to shout their political and sometimes very anti social opinions about just about anything they think is wrong and then try and force them onto others who have a differing view or just cant be bothered either way..thats oppression and bullying and the very thing push square say they do not condone..i know this is off topic but enoughs enough and push square should treat everybody equally and crack down on these toxic individuals..
@Northern_munkey I didn’t use insulting language or tone one bit. Stop gaslighting. Your initial reply to me was snarky and ridiculing.
”You and a couple of others on here just sound like the people you say you stand against..”
I don’t recall being transphobic or distorting feminism.
@Northern_munkey Feel free to show us all where I was toxic, antisocial, childish, bullying, insulting, or bitter.
The issue here is you made a snarky and sarcastic comment which i responded to intelligently. You’ve then proceeded to write a passive aggressive and fragile diatribe because you don’t like being called out. Grow up.
@Arnna everytime you post on this subject you post remarks against rowling which are inciteful and you know exactly what you are doing so dont act all so innocent. Everybody has positive things to say about the game and manage to keep the authors opinions out of it but not you and that other person. Oh no you have to start being as antagonising as possible and bring the whole thing down to petty squabbling. I have shown your comments and a few others to my transgender friends and family members who are part of the community you say you stand for and they dont agree with the way you are using them to pursue your crusade and thats their words not mine. You dont like rowling and hogwarts fair enough but stop coming here and using the comments section to voice your opinions when you have zero respect for differing views..
@Arnna "I don’t recall being transphobic or distorting feminism." No just bitter and twisted..
@Northern_munkey You don’t get to police my tone or comments. Nor do you get to tell me when or how I should criticise Rowling. I don’t believe for a second you have trans friends - you’re invoking an imaginary situation to desperately try to add legitimacy to your argument. I am trans, and I’ll talk about the topic however I please, within the boundaries of the terms of service.
@Arnna there you are...oh i do have trans friends and family members. And thankyou for showing all of push squares users just how truely narrow minded and opinionated you are..you are the very bigot you claim to hate..i'll ignore you now.
@Northern_munkey Agreed the gaming world would be a better place, if more companies did that.
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