While Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has faced a great deal of criticism since launch, at least developer Jam City has supported it with regular updates. These updates have mostly added new story chapters to the game, but at some point in the future, dating and romance options will be added as well, likely in Year 4.
Once players reach Year 3 in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, they will travel to Hogsmeade with Ravenclaw student Andre Egwu. Egwu mentions something about dating, and if players have an Empathy level of 16 or higher, they can ask him for help getting a date. Regardless of whether or not players ask Egwu for help getting a date or if they tell him they’re not interested in dating, he will say that most Hogwarts students start dating in their fourth year.
Of course, this isn’t a direct confirmation that dating is going to be added to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery in Year 4, but it does seem like a distinct possibility.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see which students players will be allowed to date. Will homosexual relationships be a possibility, or will players be restricted to being heterosexual? Will players be able to date characters that are already established as their friends, like Ben Copper and Penny Haywood, or will brand new characters be introduced to serve as love interests? Time will tell, but Jam City previously said that both friends and enemies could be potential love interests, so perhaps players will even have the chance to date the antagonistic Merula at some point.
Dating isn’t the only feature that fans can expect to be added to Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery in the future. Jam City also plans on letting players adopt pets at some point, though it has yet to give any idea as to when or how that will be implemented. It seems likely that pet ownership will be tied to the game’s microtransactions, though that’s just speculation at this time.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out now for iOS and Android mobile devices.