Hogwarts Legacy has been available to play for pre-order players for several days now, and the rest of the gaming world (who maybe didn't want to pay twenty extra bucks for a hippogriff) gets access to the game today. The game has been subject to a lot of controversy - which I'm not going to get into here - but one thing most people can agree on is that Hogwarts Legacy signifies the culmination of an enormous amount of effort from the teams at Avalanche Studios and Warner Bros. Games. The game brings a giant swath of the Harry Potter universe to life, including many parts that have never been seen in any of the films.
For those that are interested in how such things are accomplished, memorabilia publisher Insight Editions has today published The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy: Exploring the Unwritten Wizarding World. This coffee-table-style tome has a mountain of detail in it, depicting tons of original concept artwork and exclusive interviews with the team behind the game.
I've seen a PDF of the final product (and will soon have a hard copy of the book, for which I will write a full review), and I've been deeply impressed with the quality and quantity of information here. This is the sort of special edition book one might buy to accompany a treasured major motion picture - there simply aren't many books like this about video games on the market today. Everything from the character designs of the ghosts to dramatic, sweeping concept art depicting Hogwarts interiors (like the bathrooms!) fans have never seen before are included, along with extensive descriptions and stories from the team that made the game.
The Art and Making of Hogwarts Legacy: Exploring the Unwritten Wizarding World is now available. You can grab the book on sale now at Amazon for 21% off the regular $50 price. Video games get a lot of "swag" created around their release, but it's rare that gaming fans get something this cool to hold onto. We'll have a full review of the title (and of course, the game) in the next week or so.