Hogwarts Legacy it dispenses with a common system in role-playing games: the consequences of the player’s actions and the influence on the rest of the characters of the answers we give in conversations. However, at some point in development, Avalanche Software tried to introduce two systems into the action RPG: one to gain or lose points for our Hogwarts house based on what we do, and a reputation or morality system.
As reported by PC Gamer, dataminer and youtuber GrandTheftDiamonds has thoroughly analyzed the game files, and has found references to these discarded mechanics. Regarding the points of our house, using the unforgivable curses will subtract points depending on the severity of it, in the same way that it will happen when extorting or harassing another student. Points will also be lost for sleeping in class, clowning around, or behaving inappropriately; On the other hand, studying in the classroom and participating in school club activities will add them up.
Regarding the reputation system, there is a table in the files that defines the relationship of each character with the wizard or witch that the player embodies: Hate, Dislike, Indifferent, Familiar, Cordial, Friendship and Companion. In addition, a mechanic similar to the stars in Grand Theft Auto is mentioned: if an “authority figure” discovers a wrongdoing on the part of the player, investigators will appear, in greater or lesser numbers, and covering a wider or more extensive area of the stage. small, for more or less time, depending on the reprehensibility of the fact.
Avalanche scrapped these systems to “allow the player to be evil”
In an interview with GamesRadar last January, lead designer Kelly Murphy said they hadn’t included a morality system because “it was important to us to give players who want to the opportunity to be a Witch or a Dark Wizard.” “This is the pinnacle of the role: allowing the player to be evil. Also, this was important because it stems from a non-judgmental intention on the part of the game creators. If you want to be evil, be evil.”
Hogwarts Legacy is available on PC, PS5, Xbox Series, PS4 and Xbox One. The Nintendo Switch version will be out in November.