Hogwarts Legacy Switch: Nintendo version date & details
When will Hogwarts Legacy come to Switch, and will it be a cloud version?
If you're looking to play Hogwarts Legacy on Nintendo Switch, you've probably already noticed that the game is not yet available on that handy handheld/household hybrid console.
Although there are a few ways to prepare — you can take the Hogwarts Legacy house sorting quiz, eye up the different common rooms and try out the Hogwarts Legacy name generator, making a start on your character customisation before the game arrives – you can't actually start Hogwarts Legacy on Switch just yet.
Why isn't Hogwarts Legacy on Switch yet? This is because Hogwarts Legacy has a uniquely staggered release structure, with the game launching on PC and next-gen consoles first and not reaching less-powerful consoles like the Switch until later.
Regarding how the well Hogwarts Legacy will run on Switch, you might find yourself wondering, how will a console that sacrifices power for innovation play a game that looks to require a lot of power?
Well, Troy Johnson, a developer for the game, addressed this in an interview with Italian site Multiplayer. He said: “The Switch version is going to be awesome, it sure will be. We are doing everything in our power to make sure that each version is beautiful, that it is well optimized and above all that it is faithful to the idea we had of the title. And in the end it will be exactly the title we want.”
So, even if it will be technically demanding for the console, we now have hopes that it will play just as well as it will everywhere else. If you're still curious about Hogwarts Legacy on the Switch, we'll share all we know below.
Will Hogwarts Legacy come to Switch?
Yes, Hogwarts Legacy will release on Nintendo Switch.
The developers made this clear by including the Switch on the list of confirmed platforms on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the game's official website.
The FAQ page states: "Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC."
The game's community manager, Chandler Wood, then stated on Twitter: "We don't have anymore details right now except to confirm that yes, Hogwarts Legacy is coming to the Switch."
Hogwarts Legacy Switch release date
Hogwarts Legacy will be released on Nintendo Switch on 25th July 2023, the developers have confirmed.
This will be a few months after other versions of the game, with the game launching on PC and next-gen consoles in February and then reaching PS4 and Xbox One in April.
You can now pre-order Hogwarts Legacy on Switch from Argos for £49.99, or get the Deluxe Edition with the Dark Arts Pack from GAME for £59.99.
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Will Hogwarts Legacy on Switch be a cloud version?
It's not unheard of for cloud versions of games to release on Nintendo Switch, with players accessing an online version of a game instead of inserting a physical cartridge or partaking in a digital download.
This is becoming increasingly common, especially with larger and more complicated games that might not be able to run on Switch without the help of some cloud-based online streaming.
Hitman 3 and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy game, for example, were only available on Switch through the cloud — in other words, you had to be online if you wanted to play them.
It's only natural to wonder, then, will Hogwarts Legacy on Switch be a cloud version of the game? At the time of writing, however, neither the FAQ page nor Wood's Tweet have confirmed or denied that this will be the case. We don't know at this stage, basically, whether Hogwarts Legacy on Switch will be a cloud affair or a more traditional release.
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However, pre-orders are now live for physical copies of Hogwarts Legacy on Nintendo Switch, with no mention of the game being a cloud version. This seems to suggest that the Switch release will not be a cloud edition after all – you wouldn't expect to buy the game in a box if you weren't getting a physical cartridge, right? Perhaps that's something of a clue.
It will be interesting to see how well Hogwarts Legacy runs on Switch then, given that the game had rather demanding PC requirements, and if any sacrifices had to be made in the gameplay.
For now, we'll keep our eyes peeled for any extra information about Hogwarts Legacy on Switch.
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