Gaming form ResetEra announces its ban on the promotion and discussion of the Harry Potter RPG Hogwarts Legacy due to J.K. Rowling’s past comments.
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Gaming forum ResetEra has banned the discussion of Hogwarts Legacy.
On ResetEra’s official website, the gaming forum announced its ban on promoting and discussing the upcoming Harry Potter title. Much of the controversy surrounding Hogwarts Legacy stems from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s past controversial statements regarding the transgender community. ResetEra labels Rowling a “bigot” who uses her position “as a wealthy and famous individual, for legislation that will hurt trans people.” As a result, “the mod team has decided to expand our prior ban on promotion for the Hogwarts game to include the game itself. There will be no OT and no discussion of this game,” the forum’s statement reads.
Hogwarts Legacy’s Controversy
Despite ResetEra forbidding mentions of Hogwarts Legacy, Warner Bros. Games previously confirmed that Rowling played no role in developing the open-world game. Furthermore, Hogwarts Legacy even allows players to customize a transgender student. However, that did not stop many Steam users from flooding the title’s pre-sale page with inflammatory tags like “villain protagonist,” “World War II” and “capitalism.” “Transphobia” is the top tag for Hogwarts Legacy, with others being “racism,” “psychological horror” and “antisemitism.”
Even if Hogwarts Legacy has faced backlash, the Harry Potter game climbed the bestsellers chart for Steam and PlayStation 5. On Steam, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive remains higher in revenue as it is a free-to-play title with microtransactions. As for Amazon’s best-selling PlayStation 5 games, Hogwarts Legacy takes the top spot, with Sonic Frontiers and the upcoming Dead Space remake falling behind. For Xbox Series X|S, Hogwarts Legacy comes second to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II.
Hogwarts Legacy’s Different Editions
While Hogwarts Legacy releases on Feb. 10 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC users, Avalanche Software pushed back the launch date of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions to April 4, with the Nintendo Switch edition coming out on July 25. Therefore, those who purchased the Deluxe Edition on the PlayStation 4 will no longer have 72 hours of early access before those who bought the Standard Edition.
In addition to the Standard and Deluxe Editions of Hogwarts Legacy, Avalanche also unveiled the pricey Collector’s Edition. In a bundle that sets players back $300, the Collector’s Edition includes a Deluxe version of Hogwarts Legacy, the “Dark Arts Pack” for Dark Wizard cosmetics and a unique battle arena, a ridable Thestral, 72 hours early access and a Kelpie Robe. Apart from in-game items, purchasers receive a steel case and a mysterious floating wand that can activate a map of Hogwarts.
Hogwarts Legacy launches on Feb. 10 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will launch on April 4. Hogwarts Legacy also releases on July 25 for Nintendo Switch.
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