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(Pocket-lint) - Warner has announced that its Harry Potter role-playing game will now no longer be released this year - it will now be available in 2022 instead.

"We would like to thank fans around the world on the tremendous reaction to the announcement of Hogwarts Legacy," it says on the official Twitter feed. However, a delay is necessary due to the developer wanting more time to create "the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World."

Considering the mess CD Projekt Red is currently trying to navigate through with Cyberpunk 2077's myriad of bugs and performance issues, it comes as no surprise that other triple-A game makers are now being more cautious.

Originally announced as part of the PlayStation 5 Showcase in September 2020, Hogwarts Legacy doesn't actually feature Harry Potter himself. Instead, you play a new student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is also set many, many years before Potter was born - in the 1800s in fact.

The game will be open-world and single-player (no massively online play as some previously suggested). It will start with you having basic magic abilities, but you can grown your talents and spells as you play.

You won't just be confined to school grounds, but missions will take you out into the wider wizarding world, where you'll meet fantastic beasts and all-manner of sinister threats.

The worldwide launch trailer was shown as part of the PlayStation Showcase, but as well as the PS5, the game will be released on Xbox Series X/S, PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Not all versions will look quite as magnificent as the gameplay in trailer, considering it was built entirely within a PlayStation 5.

Hogwarts Legacy is being developed by Avalanche (Just Cause, Mad Max, Rage 2) which has a long history of creating great open-world environments to play in.

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Writing by Rik Henderson.