Pokemon GO Dev Announces New AR Game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Niantic Labs are now taking things a step further and are building a new AR title called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will use state-of-the-art augmented reality mobile technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches worldwide.

There aren't any other details to go on just yet, though "Potter" seems like the ideal property for a game like this, with so many characters, spells, and rich wizarding history to draw from. Ingress is more centered on location defense and exploration than capturing Pokemon, so this would make sense for an epic fantasy franchise that pits good against evil.

At the very least, we know the game will be magical and have AR elements, which is honestly enough of a pull to entice most Harry Potter fans.

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I also expect to see people summoning Patronuses to repel in-game Dementors - if we get to connect our official Patronuses from Pottermore, you'll never see me again because I'll be fully absorbed in this game. We'll update when they respond.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, as the first novel released in the United Kingdom on June 26, 1997.

Additional details for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be announced in 2018. Little then sent it to 12 different publishers before it ended up with Bloomsbury. The incentives it created for exploration, exercise, and real-world social interaction helped spawn a global community of fans, united by their shared experience, and laid the foundations for Niantic's real-world AR gaming platform.

With how well Pokemon Go has performed, it's unsurprising to hear that Niantic is hoping lightning will strike twice.

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