After Pokémon Go dominated 2016 and had just about everyone chasing after Pikachu, the game’s creators – Niantic Labs – are about to follow up the app with something a little more magical. Players will soon get to explore another pop culture universe in our Muggle world through augmented reality.
It’s confirmed that Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to launch from Niantic and Warner Bros and will be available some time in 2018.
With this game, players who have been dreaming of becoming real life Wizards will finally get the chance to experience J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. While Quidditch isn’t in the plans just yet, players will learn spells, explore their real world neighbourhoods and cities to discover and fight legendary beasts, and team up with others to take down powerful enemies.
David Haddad, President of Warner Bros, stated, “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.”
Since the Harry Potter universe doesn’t have its equivalent of Pokémon gyms — aside from the Triwizard Tournament, which would be an epic addition to Wizards Unite — players could have the opportunity to team up to go on quests and challenges. It wouldn’t be entirely new as Niantic added group activities to Pokémon Go earlier this year too.
More details will surely be revealed in 2018. There is no information regarding an expected release date though. At the very least, we know the game will be magical and have AR elements, which is honestly enough to attract most Harry Potter fans.
Follow Niantic’s blog for up-to-date information on the forthcoming game.