Niantic Reveals Muggle-Approved AR Game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Niantic Reveals Muggle-Approved AR Game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Niantic Reveals Muggle-Approved AR Game, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Essentially, rather than going around the world and capturing Pokemon, you'll be searching for "Foundables" in the Muggle/No-Maj world and use spells to send them back to the magical world.

Niantic's early tease of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite didn't come with an official release date, though TechCrunch is reporting that the company is promising "sometime in 2019" and that "before summer" would be a good guess. The map works the same way, but to fit the theme, crooked buildings dot the map as owls fly overhead.

At its launch Pokemon Go set the world on fire. Eurogamer has gone hands-on with the title to explain that when "playing a beta version of Wizards Unite, it already feels as deep and well-rounded as Pokémon Go does in its third year - with layers of familiar and fresh-feeling ideas and servers that mostly play (Poké) ball", which clearly points to something similar that's also trying to do its own thing.

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Players can even stumble upon Portkeys, mundane objects (first introduced in Goblet of Fire) that transport a witch or wizard from one place to another.

"Your journey begins as a new recruit of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, established by the Ministry of Magic and the International Confederation of Wizards for the objective of investigating and containing The Calamity", the details read. You tap the traces like you would a Pokemon and enter an AR-optional encounter; we saw Harry Potter (the Foundable) being targeted by a dementor (the Confoundable), Harry's Nimbus trapped in ice, and Buckbeak the hippogriff in chains, for example.

As you cast spells, you'll consume Spell Energy.

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Wizards Unite is an augmented reality game you play on your mobile phone, putting animation into real life views through your camera.

In that sense, it's preparing itself to be a game with more appeal for players who want something more, but it does leave us wondering whether it will hit the highs that Pokemon Go enjoyed. There will also be Greenhouses and potion ingredients found on the map, which will let you craft energy-restoring items.

If you've ever wanted to play Pokémon Go but in the Harry Potter universe, then have we got some good news for you. You collect parts of a much larger, long-term story as you play.

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The combat system is different to Go, as well, and instead of gyms, you'll have wand duels with rogue wizards.

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