When Pokémon GO landed in summer 2016, millions of us took marched around our neighborhoods in hope of catching a Pikachu, leveling up a Charizard or battling it out against other trainers at the gym. It was the perfect mobile phone game that blended nostalgia with location-based augmented reality, bringing our '90s Pokémon dreams into the real world. It was a global phenomenon when it launched, and now Niantic are preparing for their next project, and this one is for the Potterheads!
#Niantic can probably expect a similar reaction when they launch Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in 2018. Teaming up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and WB Games San Francisco, their new AR venture plans to bring J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World to life. A 'Harry Potter GO' was rumored a little while ago, but now the company can confirm it's definitely on the way. While little is known about the game's mechanics, we know that they will need to be slightly different from #PokémonGO. Instead of catching critters and building up your Pokédex, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite players can expect to:
"learn spells, explore their real world neighborhoods and cities to discover & fight legendary beasts and team up with others to take down powerful enemies."
Niantic launched their first AR title — Ingress — five years ago, and some are speculating that Ingress's game mechanics would work well if translated to the #HarryPotter universe. However further details are scarce, so for now it's all up for speculation. It is possible that some of the original features from Pokémon GO will translate over, such as designing your avatar, being part of a team (Hogwarts houses, perhaps?) and receiving special rewards for distance traveled.
Mobile phones at the ready! Expect Wizards Unite to launch Summer 2018.
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