After the absolute nightmare that was the launch of Cyberpunk 2077, things are starting to recover in a strange way in the games industry. It’s beginning to look like 2021 could mean the death of crunch. Hogwarts Legacy has been delayed to 2022 as the developer tries to make it the best game possible.
This comes after a raucous nightmare of a launch for polish developer CDPR. The company released a buggy and controversial mess of a game with Cyberpunk 2077. And games really weren’t happy with the state of affairs. The game was far too buggy and unpolished, with pretty much everyone coming to the conclusion that that supposed 8-year development cycle was actually much shorter. Tons of content was cut, and the game is riddled with problems, and really should have been delayed further.
WB Games’ upcoming open-world Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy was supposed to debut this year for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It has now been pushed back to an unknown time in 2022.
The reasoning is pretty obvious, and this may only be just the beginning. The game industry is in a very precarious state right now, and issues with the impact of crunch are in everyone’s mind. So while there are certainly going to be more game delays in 2021, it remains to be seen how many. Hopefully, this whole mess has woken up some companies to how useless crunch really is, and they start taking the health of workers more seriously. Anyway, let’s talk about Harry Potter.
“Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us, so we are giving the game the time it needs,” an official statement reads.
This is of course not the only problem faced by the project. The source material itself remains a bit controversial. Before the game was even announced, things got heated. Bloomberg reported that developers were concerned about author J.K. Rowling’s connection to the project after her very public transphobic meltdowns. Her outbursts and bigotry have led many fans to leave the world of Harry Potter behind entirely, while some outlets have refused to further promote Rowling’s works.
WB Games president David Haddad essentially washed his hands of it by saying that, Rowling was “entitled to express her personal opinion.” Let’s be clear, being a bigot is not an opinion, it’s not something to be debated. You either acknowledge and support the existence and equality of trans people, or you don’t. And to be clear, the latter is untenable; and is tantamount to excusing the sustained violence perpetrated against trans people all over the world.