Hogwarts Legacy has captured gamers worldwide, rapidly rising as a top-selling title in the gaming industry.
The highly anticipated action role-playing game, set in the Harry Potter universe, has boasted remarkable sales numbers since its release.
In this article, we’ll uncover the sales figures and examine the factors contributing to Hogwarts Legacy’s phenomenal success.
Record-Breaking Sales Numbers
Selling over 12 million copies globally within the first two weeks of release, the game ranks among the fastest-selling titles in recent memory.
In statistics revealed by Warner Bros. Games, the company reported over $850 million in global sales in the first 14 days after launch.
In Europe, Hogwarts Legacy had the sixth biggest launch for a video game since the European charts began six years ago.
It had a bigger launch than every Call of Duty game released since 2017, surpassing titles such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Elden Ring. In fact, the only games ahead of it in the charts are the annual FIFA releases.
In the UK, home of the Harry Potter franchise, Hogwarts Legacy topped the sales charts for a staggering 5 back-to-back weeks.
And as more fans embrace the magic of Hogwarts Legacy, these numbers continue to soar.
Enchanting Pre-Order Performance
The strong pre-order performance serves as a driving force behind Hogwarts Legacy’s success.
Fans eagerly awaited the game, generating considerable hype well before its release.
On Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox, Hogwarts Legacy occupied the top of the sales charts even before the game’s early access launch.
The game also became the number one most wishlisted title on the PC storefront, ahead of such titles as Bethesda’s Starfield and the long-awaited Hollow Knight: Silksong.
Of course, part of the reason for the incredible number of pre-orders is the fact that Hogwarts Legacy offered early access to those who purchased the Deluxe Edition of the game.
While no exact pre-order numbers are available, over 489,000 concurrent players were recorded on Steam during the game’s 3-day early access period, a figure that is over half of the title’s eventual peak player count.
Platform Sales Breakdown
Although exact sales numbers per platform remain undisclosed, Hogwarts Legacy has performed exceptionally well on major platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
On Steam, Hogwarts Legacy hit a peak concurrent player count of 879,308, the second-highest-ever number for a single-player game, behind Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.05 million.
At the time of writing, the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game still haven’t released. In fact, a recent Hogwarts Legacy delay pushed the last-gen release of the Harry Potter game to May 2023.
With the PS5 and Xbox Series X stock shortage coming to an end in most areas of the US, it seems gamers had no issues picking up the game on current-gen consoles. But there will certainly be a lot of players waiting for Hogwarts to debut on older devices.
On top of that, the Nintendo Switch (the third best-selling console of all time with 122.55 million units shipped) won’t be getting Hogwarts Legacy until July.
With several major platforms left to launch on, Hogwarts Legacy’s current sales could just be the tip of the iceberg.
In March 2023, developer Avalanche Software reported that over 406 million hours of Hogwarts Legacy had been played.
We can only imagine how high that number will grow when the game is available on all major platforms.
The Future of Hogwarts Legacy
With its ongoing success, Hogwarts Legacy’s future looks promising, as its developer may consider releasing expansions, downloadable content (DLC), or even sequels.
At present, the title’s Game Director has stated that there are no plans for Hogwarts Legacy DLC. But considering the game’s overwhelming success, that may well change after the last-gen and Switch ports release.
Fans look forward to new adventures, characters, and magical surprises in the Wizarding World and believe there are lots of room for improvement in a potential sequel.
Hogwarts Legacy’s incredible success story, driven by captivating gameplay, engaging storytelling, and the Harry Potter franchise’s enduring popularity, will undoubtedly continue to charm the gaming world for years to come.