Thursday, 23 November, 2017

'Harry Potter' Is Getting a 'Pokemon Go'-Style Game Next Year

Harry Potter Wizards Unite Is AR Game from Niantic Report: Pokemon GO Creator Working On Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Jeanne Townsend | 09 November, 2017, 00:53

Niantic had tremendous success with Pokemon Go, and as a result, it is working on a new AR title, called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Interactive and Niantic. Unfortunately, there's not much information floating around as to what kind of game it might be, except for the nebulous release date of "sometime next year". Niantic is not very good at keeping up with customer expectations but if they spoil the Harry Potter game, well let's just say they will be disappointing an entire generation!

Past year developer Niantic Labs gave a glimpse into what the future of augmented reality (AR) gaming could be with the wildly popular Pokémon Go. Upon its release, the game found its way into people's everyday lives, and was a significant, if but brief, pop-culture phenomenon.

Unfortunately for Harry Potter fans, details about the app's potential gameplay features are few and far between at the moment. By taking over your neighborhoods, you'll go on "adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters". In that game, players explore the real world with their smartphones and defend certain locations while collecting power-ups.

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Merlin's beard! Harry Potter is about to make a serious comeback - on our mobile phones. Premium currency in Harry Potter Wizards Unite could be used to buy fancy new tracksuits for your avatar, or other cosmetic whatever. The incentives it created for exploration, exercise, and real-world social interaction helped spawn a global community of fans, united by their shared experience, and laid the foundations for Niantic's real-world AR gaming platform. Who knows, maybe you'll also be able to pre-register for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as well through the website in the future.

If you owned a smartphone in the summer of 2016, chances are you were sucked into Pokémon Go for some amount of time.

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