Niantic, the developer behind the smash-hit success of Pokemon GO, has recently unveiled their next big project: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The game is set to take advantage of many of the weird and wonderful creatures inhabiting J.K. Rowling's fantastical world, bringing them all to our world through augmented reality. Yep, it sounds a lot like Harry Potter Go!
In this Harry Potter: Wizards Unite guide, we'll be running over everything we know so far about the upcoming game for mobile. We'll be going over the potential release date for the game, as well as theorizing about which elements of the wizarding world the game could incorporate come release date. Read on for all the info you need on the upcoming ‘Harry Potter Go’.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Release Date
First revealed back on November 8, 2017, we recently got a better idea of when Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to release, with Niantic CEO John Hanke revealing to the Financial Times that the AR game is set to release in the latter half of 2018. The developer of what is looking very much like ‘Harry Potter Go’ is also still hard at work on smash hit, Pokemon Go.
Speaking of future announcements for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, if you head over to the official website of the game right now, you can sign up using your email address, to receive any and all future news about the upcoming augmented reality game.
It turns out that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is actually the first game in a series of Harry Potter-related projects within Warner Bros. The publisher has established the 'Portkey Games' label, meaning that future games relating the wizarding world of Harry Potter could be on their way, all underneath the Portkey umbrella.
Although on the pricing side of the game, bearing in mind that their last game, Pokemon GO, was completely free to download, we should likely expect Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to also be free to purchase upon release. Look for more news on ‘Harry Potter Go’ in the coming months.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Augmented Reality Features
In the official announcement for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic revealed that one of the main goals of the game is for players to discover the magic of the Harry Potter series, this pertaining to both spells and creatures. Therefore, taking into account the fact that Wizards Unite will use augmented reality technology just like Pokemon GO did, perhaps we can expect a main focus of the game to be players tracking down various magical creatures in real life. Sounds like ‘Harry Potter Go’ to us.
Aside from this, we also know that some characters from the Harry Potter series will be appearing in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Although we don't know which characters will be appearing as of right now, we could hazard a guess to say some of the teachers at Hogwarts could be appearing, including perhaps Dumbledore, McGonagall, Snape, and other characters that are virtually present throughout the entire series.
As we previously mentioned, another big focus for the Wizards Unite game is the ability to cast magical spells. Although we obviously don't yet know what form this will take when the final game eventually ships, we could be using our phones to spot magical creatures using augmented reality, and then casting spells using gestures on the touch screen, not unlike throwing a Pokeball at a Pokemon in Niantic's previous game, Pokemon GO.
These are all the confirmed details we have right now on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is currently in development over at Niantic, under the range of Portkey Games. We'll post any additional information that we uncover here as soon as it breaks, so make sure to keep an eye on this guide in the future.
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