According to figures revealed by Warner Bros. Games on Thursday, “Hogwarts Legacy” the company’s sales, generating $850 million in worldwide sales. Selling more than 12 million copies in only the first two weeks after its debut on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
From its release on February 10 to February 21st. “Hogwarts Legacy” had over 267 million hours of playtime, well-exceeding expectations, as reported by Variety. Thursday, Warner Bros. Games said the game has surpassed 280 million hours of playtime, setting a new corporate record.
Wizarding World Digital had a 300% spike in traffic compared to the monthly unique visitor average over the first 10 days of February, as reported by Warner Bros. Discovery.
Numbers for “Hogwarts Legacy” sales were disclosed by Warner Bros. Games on Thursday, ahead of parent company Warner Bros. Discovery’s fourth-quarter results report. During the fourth quarter earnings conference, CEO David Zaslav bragged about the company’s success and emphasized the media conglomerate’s sustained emphasis on Harry Potter and other popular intellectual property in order to “take full advantage of these one-of-a-kind brands.”
While author J.K. Rowling continues to openly voice ideas insulting to transgender people. The launch and subsequent popularity of the game have caused significant controversy among the “Harry Potter” community. There is concern that by purchasing and playing the game, one is indirectly supporting anti-transgender ideology, despite the fact that Rowling had no creative input and instead receives a financial advantage. As Rowling continues to address her contentious words on the podcast “The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling,” which premiered on February 21, the continuing PR nightmare for Warner Bros. will certainly get more difficult.
Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. become the talk of the town
Avalanche Software created Hogwarts Legacy, and Warner Bros. Games distributed it under its Portkey Games banner. The game is based on the “Harry Potter” novel storyline and allows players to take center stage in their own journey in the Wizarding World. Set in the nineteenth century, players assume the role of a fifth-year student at Hogwarts, who possesses the extraordinary ability to use strong, ancient magic. As players follow the wizard’s field guide and seek advice from various academics and other characters, they become immersed in an intriguing plot full of perplexing puzzles and challenges.
David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Games, was overjoyed by the positive reception to “Hogwarts Legacy” from both established gamers and newcomers to the medium. Our publishing teams have conducted an internationally significant launch campaign, and our development teams have developed an incredible, high-quality Wizarding World experience that perfectly meets the fan vision of life at Hogwarts.