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From Harry Potter Fans to Players: Designing 'Hogwarts Legacy' for New Players

Stephen Dona  (Senior Technical Designer, Avalanche Software)

Location: Room 2006, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

The Wizarding World has one of the largest and most devoted fanbase in the world but most have only experienced the world through non-interactive media (books and movies). With Hogwarts Legacy, we are inviting many new players to PC and console gaming, as well as inviting gamers to delve into the Wizarding World for the first time. Our unique challenge became "How do we create an open-world RPG in this franchise that appeals to new gamers and seasoned gamers alike?". Many of the RPG game design features fight against what new players or players who usually consume more passive media would expect. Learn the design decisions and process in which the Hogwarts Legacy design team struck this balance.


Attendees get a look into the key axes used by Avalanche Software on RPG Design and how the studio went about balancing those axes between more and less experienced gamers.

Intended Audience

The intended audience is designers, producers and writers struggling with designing an RPG-like game for both an experienced and inexperienced audience and who are interested in the key design axes on which these audiences compete.

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