After a new delay, Hogwarts Legacy is releasing on the Nintendo Switch on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.

Currently, the specific hour that Hogwarts Legacy for the Nintendo Switch will release has not been announced. However, it will likely have a global release time of 12 AM as Monday transitions into Tuesday.

This would be like the releases of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions.

Those playing on a Nintendo Switch won’t get to play Hogwarts Legacy 72 hours in advance, like those who purchased the Deluxe and Collectors editions on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S can.

The Hogwarts Legacy FAQ confirms that the PS4 and Xbox One deluxe editions will not get the 72-hour early access bonus. While it doesn’t mention the Nintendo Switch version, it’s fair to assume it won’t get the bonus either.

This means that you may want to carefully consider which edition of Hogwarts Legacy you buy, as you won’t get perhaps the best reward of the Deluxe and Collectors editions.

Professor teaching students in Hogwarts Legacy

Originally, Hogwarts Legacy on the Nintendo Switch was supposed to release alongside the other versions. Unfortunately, shortly before launch it was delayed until July 25, and in May the game saw another delay to November 14.

This is even later than the PS4 and Xbox One versions which launch months beforehand on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

However, it isn’t hard to see why the Switch version would need more time in the oven. After all, it’s a weaker system, and porting Hogwarts Legacy to it is likely a difficult task.

Hogwarts Legacy Nintendo Switch Global Release Times

Hogwarts Legacy will launch on the Nintendo Switch at midnight worldwide. If you pre-order it, you can access the game the second it launches.

The only place likely to launch at a different time is West Coast USA, as Hogwarts Legacy on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S launched at 9 PM PT instead of midnight like everywhere else.

Even though Switch players will have to wait far longer than anyone else, they can still unlock exclusive free rewards to use in Hogwarts Legacy by following some simple steps.

the player character holding a wand in Hogwarts Legacy

Hogwarts Legacy Switch Countdown – Time Until Release

NZT (New Zealand)
AEST (Australia)
CET (Europe)
BST (London)
ET (New York)
CT (Illinois)
MT (Colorado)
PT (California)

You will be able to pre-load Hogwarts Legacy on the Nintendo Switch closer to its release date. It’s recommended you do so, as it’ll allow you to jump straight into Hogwarts the minute it launches.

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