Hogwarts Legacy multiplayer: 160 players join same game, chaos ensues
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Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Games, MrJay via YouTube
When Hogwarts Legacy first released earlier this year, despite the game’s overwhelming popularity online, many fans were very disappointed about one unfortunate part of the game - the lack of multiplayer.
To be fair, we knew for a very long time before Hogwarts Legacy’s release that it was going to be a purely single-player experience, and plenty of people were totally on board with that. After all, it’s not unusual for open-world, story-focused games to simply surround you with NPCs rather than actual people. However, many felt that exploring the Wizarding World alone felt a bit lonely, especially without an actual companion system.
Modders have descended upon Hogwarts Legacy with full force - take a look at this hilarious PS1 Hagrid mod below.
Thankfully though, modders are always here to save the day, and for several months, the Together Team (the same people who made the Skyrim multiplayer mod with the same name) have been working on HogWarp - a multiplayer mod for Hogwarts Legacy. It’s still in development, so there’s still quite a bit of work to be done and bugs to be ironed out, but it’s functional, and once managed to host a whopping 160 players in the same game, which was just as chaotic as you’d imagine.
Although it’s not currently possible for 160 players to join the game at any given point, the modders released the floodgates in an attempt to conduct a stress test and see if the game (and players’ computers) could handle it. Quite surprisingly, the answer was a resounding ‘yes’. You can take a look at it in action below (courtesy of YouTube user MrJay) - it genuinely makes the game look like the Hogwarts MMORPG that many gamers had been initially hoping for. Players were able to take on enemies together and completely fill the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade.
According to MrJay’s video, the modders are working towards it being possible for around 200 people to play at the same time whenever they want, which sounds absolutely wild. It’s not clear how long it’ll take for the mod to get to that point, though.