Pokemon GO developer working on Harry Potter AR game Wizards Unite

Ruben Ruiz
November 11, 2017

Wizards Unite is part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. "It is wonderful to have Niantic's remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives".

"By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters", Niantic and Warner Bros.

The game will launch sometime in 2018.

Interestingly, the post ends by saying we'll be getting more news on what's coming from Portkey, "really soon" - it's not clear if that applies directly to Niantic's game, or if another title's coming soon.

Instead of using inspiration from the popular anime series Pokemon, the creators are targeting another cultural icon with a big fan base - Harry Potter.

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The game "will reveal that magic is all around us", reads the press release.

To note, a similar AR gaming app based on the "Harry Potter" novels was already developed. With the right mix of reality and digital fantasy, "Wizards Unite" will include magical power-ups to be collected by players, as well as defending locations based on the fictional places in "Harry Potter" books and films. The working of the game is same as of Pokemon Go.

"I expect the Harry Potter augmented reality experiences will be more robust and complex than they were in Pokemon Go, which should make the game more dynamic and the experience more engaging", Mr Harding-Rolls predicted.

Niantic Labs will once again work with a much-loved property, but this time, it's Harry Potter.

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