Dubbed ‘Harry Potter GO,’ Niantic’s next phenomenon is set to launch sometime in 2019. Here’s everything you need to know!
Harry Potter fans are getting a slew of new games on console and mobile starting this year, since Warner Bros. and its subsidiary, PortKey Games, makes a push with Harry Potter content. The game I’m personally most excited for is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, here’s everything you need to know right now!
February 28, 2018: Niffler spotted in London arcade in new teaser!
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite hit us with another teaser for the upcoming AR mobile game, and this time it’s cute as can be! It seems as though more magic is spreading to the muggle world and now magical beasts are venturing out into the real world.
December 21, 2018: Developers of Wizards Unite release a new teaser.
It’s going to be a magically Christmas after all, as the developers of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite pushed out a new teaser trailer featuring a broom streaking across an empty highway by itself. While no new game info has been released yet the official Twitter for the game tweeted this along with the teaser video:
« Riderless broomsticks were spotted flying erratically in the Muggle world. Stay alert for any other cases of unexplained magical activity! #WizardsUnite »
It could be a hint that more information will be released in the near future!
November 14, 2018: Niantic and WB Games release first teaser trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite!
While the trailer doesn’t show any actual gameplay, there are a few details we can discern from the live action trailer. It appears wizards and witches around the world will be responsible for keeping the wizarding world safe and out of sight from the Muggle world.
The official Harry Potter Wizards Unite website has also been updated to tease us all about the upcoming AR game set in J.K. Rowling’s wizard universe:
« The Ministry is looking for witches and wizards willing to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to save the wizarding world from the Calamity. As a member of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force (a new task force formed in partnership between the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards) you will hone lightning fast wand reflexes, an ability to sniff out the faintest whiff of magical disorder from afar, and proficiency in advanced casting of multiple spells. »
What is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is an upcoming mobile game created by Niantic Labs — Pokémon GO fame — in conjunction with Warner Bros. It will be an augmented reality (AR) game that will take place in the Harry Potter universe. You may have also heard it called Harry Potter GO, because of the relation to popular Pokémon game, but the actual title is Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite release date
Unfortunately, there’s no official release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite as of right now. I am still in the mindset that we should see the game launch (even if it’s just a beta/soft launch) in the first half of 2019. I don’t have any solid evidence, it’s just a hopeful guess that now that Niantic is done with their rework of Ingress, they are focusing on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite more now than ever.
Of course, I may be wrong, but they have been posting teaser relatively frequently (every month or so) for the past while now, so I’m remaining optimistic that the release date will be sooner rather than later.
How to play
There aren’t too many details about what gameplay will actually entail; all we know right now is it will be an AR game that’s similar to Niantic Labs other hit mobile game, Pokémon GO. The company had this to say in its press release:
« Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will leverage the full stack of the Niantic Platform while also providing an opportunity to pioneer all new technology and gameplay mechanics. »
It’s pretty safe to assume that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will require you to move around your neighborhood and city to collect various items, meet characters, and potentially even battle monsters. Also, it’s probably going to use a system similar to Pokémon GO raid system to include some multiplayer aspect.
What the new mechanics that Niantic mentions might be are a total mystery as of right now, but I for one, am super excited to find out.
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