Warner Bros. has said that although the latest record-breaking sales numbers are important, it has high hopes for the forthcoming Nintendo Switch launch. Hogwarts Legacy hit another major sales milestone this week when it was announced that over 15 million copies have been sold and it has now topped over $1 billion in sales. These sales have happened as the game has only launched on PC and next-gen consoles thus far.
Per David Zaslav (as transcribed by VGC)
“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,” said Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
Hogwarts Legacy previously became WB Games’ biggest launch ever but this could still be only the tip of the iceberg as the company prepares the next release on the console where it believes it will have a greater install base. JB Perrette (President & CEO of Discovery Streaming & International) added in the earnings call that Nintendo has an even bigger footprint in Japan where the Harry Potter franchise is also extremely popular.
Per JB Perrette (as transcribed by VGC)
“We see that as probably a much bigger install base and a fan base that, as relates to the franchise of Harry Potter, which obviously appeals to a very big audience globally, and in markets like Japan where Nintendo has a big footprint and Harry Potter skews very strongly in terms of popularity, we see a much bigger upside probably from that release, certainly than the Gen 8 [release]”.
The Nintendo Switch version of Hogwarts Legacy will launch on July 25. In other news developer Avalanche Software is said to already be working on another title for Warner Bros. but it is not known if this will be a new stand-alone game or perhaps the highly requested Quidditch DLC. The speculation comes as Avalanche Software has posted a job listing for an unannounced AAA title.
“The listing could therefore be for adding DLCs to Hogwarts Legacy, though considering the success of the game, it might also be possible Warner Bros. is already looking at developing the next title in the Wizarding World. Although it’s been highly requested by fans that a Quidditch DLC be added to Hogwarts Legacy. The pitch is already present in the game and players would love to see it be used. A third option is that Warner Bros. wants to let the Wizarding World rest for a bit and has an entirely different project in the works that has nothing to do with Hogwarts Legacy.”