Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Games’ “Hogwarts Legacy” action role-playing video game has been a smashing success since its release, especially on Steam. The game has done well both critically and commercially, selling well in its first week on the platform to place in the top four of the best-sellers chart.
If you look at the SteamDB charts, “Hogwarts Legacy” has the third-highest number of concurrent players for a single-player game, behind only “Cyberpunk 2077” and “Elden Ring.” There are currently 872,429 players occupied with “Hogwarts Legacy” on Steam, while the peak concurrent player count for “Elden Ring” was 953,426 and “Cyberpunk 2077” was 1,054,388. Notably, “Elden Ring” also features a multiplayer mode, which could explain its larger user base.
The reason for this is that Steam views each game’s SKU (stock keeping unit, or version) as a separate product. As a result, Hogwarts Legacy: Digital Deluxe Edition is the best-selling edition, pushing the original Hogwarts Legacy to second place.
After that, though, the products appear again in the third and fourth positions. Steam treats pre-orders and regular purchases of a product as two separate transactions for some reason. This means that the first two buyers pre-ordered the game, while the next two bought it after it was released.
It’s all a bit of a mess, but one thing’s for sure: Hogwarts Legacy is a commercial success. On the one hand, that’s not shocking given that Harry Potter is one of the biggest franchises in the world and this game appears to be good at what it does (opens in new tab). Hogwarts Legacy is set in the Wizarding World created by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling(opens in new tab), and as such has become a lightning rod for a much wider controversy.
The game won’t be available to those who own a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One until April 4th. It will then arrive for Nintendo Switch players on July 25. It’s an unusual release, and many players are unhappy about it. A number of pre-orders have been cancelled because of the delay to the previous-generation versions.
Although Avalanche did not specify why the delay affected the previous-generation versions, they did say that they aimed to “deliver the best possible game experience across all platforms.” I agree that the postponement is probably for the best, but it will be difficult to watch some people dig in next month.
As can be seen on SteamDB, Hogwarts Legacy is the fifth most played PC game of all time, trailing only PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The highest number of concurrent users for Hogwarts Legacy so far today is 469,893, but I expect that number to rise as more and more people get their hands on the game today.
When it comes to popularity, Hogwarts Legacy may soon surpass both PUBG and Apex Legends. The peak number of players for Hogwarts Legacy is higher than that of either PUBG or Apex Legends, but the wizarding RPG is currently trailing behind with 215,124 players compared to 237,232 for PUBG and 243,564 for Apex Legends. Observing how the rankings shift throughout the day should be fun.
In the first place, Hogwarts Legacy serves as a prologue to the established Wizarding World. So, when exactly does this occur? The Harry Potter series, on the other hand, takes place in the 1990s. Fantastic Beasts, on the other hand, takes place during the Roaring Twenties.
We don’t know the exact year, but Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the 1890s, making it at least 30 years before Fantastic Beasts and roughly 100 years before Harry Potter.
The player takes on the role of a promising new student entering their fifth year at Hogwarts. An “ancient secret that threatens to tear the wizarding world apart” can be unlocked with the player’s help. There will be no pressure, then. Destiny may be predetermined, but it’s up to the player to decide how to get there.
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