As first spotted on Reddit, an Amazon UK listing for the official Hogwarts Legacy art book changed its release date from what was previously a generic end-of-year placeholder. The page now states that the book will be released on December 6, 2022. The US page still has the previous December 31 placeholder, but the updated date can be found not only on the UK page but on the Spanish and Italian Amazon pages as well.
Amazon listings are by no means any sort of confirmation, but there are arguments to be made for its legitimacy. Commenters on the original post smartly pointed out that Gotham Knights, another WB-published title slated to release this year, has a compendium and lore book which comes out the same day as the game; October 25, 2022.
Furthermore, December 6 is a Tuesday, and WB games have had a pattern this year of releasing games that day, such as with LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and Gotham Knights itself. A previous potential leak stated that Hogwarts Legacy’s deluxe editions would give players 3-days early access to the game, as opposed to players who just buy the standard edition. This would align with the December 6 date, as base game buyers would hypothetically be permitted to play on the 9th, a Friday, the most common week-day for big Triple-A releases.
There is also the undeniable possibility that this is meaningless. This particular book might simply release before the actual game does or the date is simply an internally slated date that could very well be pushed back. Hogwarts Legacy was conspicuously missing from any Summer Game Fest material, and being this far into the year, some are starting to get concerned that the devs will announce a delay soon, as has become so commonplace these days.
Rumors of a potential delay have been circulating since early this year when retired journalist Colin Moriarty detailed in his podcast that he was hearing behind the scenes that the game wasn’t coming out this year as it “needed more time in the oven.” The rumors continued in May, in the form of an anonymous Twitter leaker that had previously made reliable reports about the title, who said that “at this point a delay to early 2023 wouldn’t even surprise me.”