Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

'Pokemon GO' Creators to Release Magical 'Harry Potter' Augmented Reality Game

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Is AR Game from Niantic 'Pokemon Go' creators to release 'Harry Potter' mobile game in 2018
Wallace Pearson | 09 November, 2017, 01:41

The report also points out that Niantic Labs is co-developing this game with Warner Bros. We're thrilled to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive's Portkey Games label, a new department exclusively dedicated to the creation of video games and mobile experiences inspired by the Harry Potter universe.

The upcoming app, named Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is expected to launch sometime in 2018. Ingress is more centered on location defense and exploration than capturing Pokemon, so this would make sense for an epic fantasy franchise that pits good against evil. And just like "Pokemon" devotees, "Harry Potter" fans are a pretty loyal and enthusiastic bunch, and should easily turn "Wizards Unite" into a sensation that matches the frenzy "Go" generated back in 2016. An official release date however is yet to be announced. The game will use "augmented reality technology" to bring the wizarding world to life like never before, with players being able to "view the real world through a wizarding world lens".

By what both companies have to say, it seems they are as exciting and passionate about the wizarding world as the millions of Harry Potter fans worldwide.

After a full year of hoping, praying, attempting to cast magical spells, a Harry Potter version of Pokémon Go is officially in the works.

Will this game inspire digital Dumbledore seeking mobs to pop up at all hours, like Pokemon Go did a few years ago? TechCrunch said Niantic is building the game so that it's similar to Pokémon Go (in that it will draw from the location database originally built up by the Niantic game Ingress).

What would you like to see from the next Harry Potter console game?

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