If you loved Pokemon Go, you’re really going to love that Niantic is now working on another AR game. This time around, however, the game will be set in the wizarding world of Harry Potter!
UPDATE from Niantic’s PR
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.
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.
“At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”
“With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”
Additional details for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be announced in 2018.
TechCrunch is reporting that the game will use “location-based augmented reality mobile experiences”. The game is titled Harry Potter: Wizards Unite but we really know little else. But here’s what we do know:
- launching in 2018
- influenced by Niantic’s Ingress game
- collect power ups
- defend locations
- explore environments
We’ll keep you posted as more develops. In the meantime, what features would you expect to see in a Harry Potter AR game?