Hogwarts Legacy has now sold 15 million copies and made over $1 billion, and that number is expected to notably increase as the game becomes available on previous-generation platforms.
Talking as part of the company’s earnings call earlier today, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said: “Hogwarts Legacy has amassed more than $1 billion in retail sales and over 15 million units sold worldwide to date, and today the team is launching the game on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.”
The sales numbers make Hogwarts Legacy WB’s fifth $1 billion-plus gaming franchise, putting it in a stable with LEGO, DC, Mortal Kombat, and Game of Thrones.
But sales are expected to keep growing. Not only does Hogwarts Legacy launch on PS4 and Xbox One today, but a Switch version will arrive in July. JB Perrette, CEO of global streaming and games at WB Discovery, noted during the earnings call that that the Switch version was important for sales.
“We see that as probably a much bigger install base and a fan base,” he said, noting that Nintendo has a huge install base in Japan, where Harry Potter “skews very strongly in terms of popularity”.
“We see a much bigger upside probably from that release, certainly than the [PS5 and Xbox Series release]” he predicted.
Hogwarts Legacy was previously the best-selling game of February 2023, and remains the highest seller of the year so far. Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will likely give it stiff competition, but with the current-gen and Switch releases it seems likely that Hogwarts Legacy will end up as the year’s biggest game. Of course, that popularity has been in direct opposition to the controversy surrounding Hogwarts Legacy and the author of the original Harry Potter books, J.K Rowling.
For those playing today, a new patch that includes a new arachnophobia mode and a variety of bug fixes is now available.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.
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