Warner Media CEO Jason Kilar confirmed on Twitter that both games will be released later this year as part of the company’s plans.
“If you want to know what motivates us as a team, it’s this mission,” he said, alongside an image which states: “To move the world through story.”
“This mission, this strategy continues in ’22,” he added, “with a sense of urgency: launching HBO Max in many more countries this quarter and the balance of the year, launching CNN+, delivering of a full slate of highly anticipated games.”
This mission, this strategy continues in ‘22 with a sense of urgency: launching HBO Max in many more countries this quarter and the balance of the year, launching CNN+, delivering of a full slate of highly anticipated games. 10/x pic.twitter.com/CY5jYAhxU5
— Jason Kilar (@jasonkilar) January 26, 2022
Of course, the games he refers to are Hogwarts Legacy and Gotham Knights.
Hogwarts Legacy was first announced at last September’s PS5 event, with its official reveal trailer suggesting a 2021 release. But the game was later delayed until 2022 in order to “give the game the time it needs”.
The Harry Potter-themed open-world RPG is set in the 1800s and will allow custom characters to take part in magic lessons, potion brewing, the sorting hat ceremony, and even games of Quidditch.
Gotham Knights, on the other hand, is based on the classic DC superheroes. Also originally set for a 2021 release, Gotham Knights was pushed back until 2022 to “deliver the best possible experience for players.” It’s been curiously quiet since that announcement.
The co-op open-world Batman action game allows players to suit up as either Nightwing, Batgirl, Robin, or Red Hood, each with their own play style. However, players won’t be able to play as the Dark Knight himself, largely because Batman is dead at the start of the game.
Although both games were delayed, it’s good to know that Hogwarts Legacy and Gotham Knights are still on their way with a release date sometime this year – although exactly when either game will be released remains a mystery.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.