A little over a year ago developer Niantic teamed with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company to release Pokémon GO, an augmented reality mobile game that took the world by surprise. The game, which utilized the player’s mobile device’s GPS ability to locate, capture, battle, and train Pokémon, which appear on the screen as if they were at the same real-world location as the player, as a monster success at launch.
Despite frequent technical issues at launch, the game’s concept was a hit with fans, who immediately began thinking of other properties this sort of game could work for. One franchise that many felt would be perfect for the AR mobile game treatment was Harry Potter. Now, a little more than a year later, that Harry Potter AR game is finally happening.
Announced today, Niantic, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are working together on the development of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, an augmented reality mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
“Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter’s rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.”
Unfortunately, that’s all the info we have right now, but more details for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be announced in 2018. You can even sign up on the official website to be notified when more info becomes available.
Pokémon GO isn’t nearly as popular now as it was at launch — as most mobile games tend to fall off after launch — but there’s still plenty of Pokémon enjoying the fresh content Niantic puts out. And I can only imagine the millions of Harry Potter fans who are eagerly counting down the days until they can live out the wizarding dreams in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
The only question now is what house will you join?
As a side note, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a new games label dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.