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Harry Potter open world game will allow trans characters

The Hogwarts Legacy game, the first open-world game in the Harry Potter franchise, will allow players to customize the voice, body type and gender of their characters when choosing school dormitories.

The news was reported by Bloomberg and comes months after transphobic comments from series creator JK Rowling.

According to sources familiar with the development of Hogwarts Legacy, when it starts, players will be able to create a character who will have a male or female voice regardless of their body appearance. Then, it will be possible to select the option “assistant” or “witch” and this will determine in which room it will be placed and how it will be treated by the other characters of the game.

Hogwarts Legacy was due to debut in 2021 but has been postponed

While it’s not exactly something new to the gaming world – some titles already allow for this inclusive customization – in Hogwarts Legacy everything takes on even more weight since JK Rowling was widely criticized for commenting. deemed offensive to transgender people.

Rowling’s controversy caused embarrassment among members of the Hogwarts Legacy development team, who Bloomberg said struggled to make the game more inclusive even though management was resistant to the idea at first.

Hogwarts Legacy is a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive and avalanche entertainment software and is expected to be released in 2022.

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