Thursday, 23 November, 2017

The company behind Pokémon Go are making a Harry Potter AR game

Pokémon Go creator Niantic will release a Harry Potter AR game in 2018 HBO is getting all the 'Harry Potter' movies and you're never leaving your home again
Theodore Harris | 11 November, 2017, 00:59

"We're thrilled to partner with Warner Bros".

As Niantic have seen such success using AR for Pokemon Go, they've brought this technology to their upcoming game.

The Pokemon title became the first mainstream hit for augmented reality, in which real-world views captured via a camera are mixed together with computer graphics on the screen.

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Software company Niantic Labs is basing this new game on the universe of Harry Potter, an equally massive cultural obsession.

No specifics on when the game will drop, additional details will be announced in 2018. In the game, players catch Pokémon that appear on a real-world map, while interacting with gyms pinned to real world places. Niantic Labs, the makers of the Pokémon-themed augmented reality game, are now working on one inspired by Harry Potter, Entertainment Weekly reports. As they did in Pokemon GO, players will have to get out and go for a walk to really make the most of the game, exploring their neighbourhoods and uncovering artefacts, new spells, beloved characters (can't wait to bump into Luna Lovegood at Highpoint for no reason) and Fantastic Beasts. The only thing we can hope is somehow Niantic works with J.K. Rowling on this app, and sets up a sorting hat situation to determine your "teams" via houses, rather than just choosing what team you're on, like in 'Pokemon Go'.

No other information on the game has been made available at this time. In regards to the "learn and cast spells" bit, that has a lot of promise to feel great using your phone's motion sensors and I can only imagine which "mysterious artifacts" we'll be able to find.

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