Hogwarts Legacy is the UK’s biggest Harry Potter game launch

by Danny Craig  · 
Hogwarts Legacy is the UK’s biggest Harry Potter game launch
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Despite calls to boycott the title, Hogwarts Legacy has gotten off to a strong start in terms of physical first-week sales in the UK.

The details:

  • According to gamesindustry.biz, in its first three days of release, Hogwarts Legacy has achieved physical sales figures 64% higher than the franchise’s previous best-selling game launch week, 2001’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. To add to the impressive numbers, Philosopher's Stone's biggest week in terms of sales was actually its second week of release due to the hype surrounding the film of the same name, which Hogwarts Legacy has already surpassed by 2%.
  • Harry Potter is now the 26th biggest gaming franchise in the UK, placing it above The Legend of Zelda. The game also achieved first-week sales that were 80% higher than those of last year’s Elden Ring, which was also a highly anticipated release.
  • Due to its massive sales, it has risen to the top of the GfK UK Boxed Top Ten list, pushing God of War: Ragnarok and FIFA 23 to second and third place, respectively. The game is currently available on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5, and PC, with Switch, PS4, and Xbox One versions coming later this year. The game is expected to remain on the best-seller list as it expands to more platforms.
  • The release of Hogwarts Legacy was met with controversy due to JK Rowling's anti-trans views, with many choosing to boycott the game, criticizing others who purchased the title, and even going so far as to create a website to track who had streamed the game to Twitch.

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