Rural Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Players Are Once Again Dealing With Empty Play Areas

Rural Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Players Are Once Again Dealing With Empty Play Areas

Ah snap, here we go again.

Niantic's new AR mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out a day early. But Harry Potter players in rural areas seem to be encountering a similar problem they had in Pokemon Go. Namely a lack of encounters.

A rural area-based Harry Potter: Wizards Unite player has shared an image from their game showing a barren map, lacking in confoundables. They've titled the post "It feels Pokemon Go all over again," a reference to a similar problem rural area Pokemon Go players faced when the game first launched.

Other players have said that even in areas with plenty of Pokemon to capture in Pokemon Go, there isn't anything to be found in Harry Potter.

Some have suggested that because it's still early days in Harry Potter, Niantic hasn't had the time to populate the world fully yet. And this rural, urban divide is something Niantic has gone on record to address.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Niantic said that thanks to feedback from beta testers in Australia and New Zealand, the developers have been working to balance the population of the game whether they're in urban, suburban, or rural areas. "I believe that we're in a really great place and everyone will get the experience they want," Niantic said.

We'll be keeping an eye out as Harry Potter continues to roll out across various regions. But with an official release in both the U.S. and U.K., there should still be full support for those respective nations. So, it shouldn't matter if you're playing in rural, urban, or suburban areas.

Check out our Harry Potter: Wizards Unite impressions for our take on Niantic's latest AR adventure. And check out our Harry Potter: Wizards Unite guide for more info.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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